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Mark Souder to resign after affair

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake

Indiana congressman Mark Souder (R) will resign his seat after an affair with a staffer came to light, he said in a statement this morning.

"It is with great regret I announce that I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives as well as resigning as the Republican nominee for Congress in this fall's election," said Souder.

"I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part time member of my staff," added Souder. "I am so shamed to have hurt those I love."

(Souder's full resignation statement is after the jump.)

The news was first reported by Fox News Channel.

The revelations regarding Souder come two weeks after he survived a serious primary challenge from car dealer Bob Thomas who spent considerable sums of his own money on the race. Souder won the primary with less than 50 percent of the vote.

How Souder will be replaced on the ballot remains to be seen. State law allows Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) wide leeway in whether or not to call a special election and in the immediate aftermath of the resignation Republicans believe it is unlikely there would be any vote before November.

Within 30 days of the Souder vacancy -- and he has said he will resign officially on Friday -- the precinct chairmen and women of the counties in his district must gather to select a replacement. One named being bandied about is state Sen. Marlin Stutzman who ran unsuccessfully for Senate earlier this month. Two other names being mentioned: Thomas and former Rep. Chris Chocola.

Souder joins a succession of Members of Congress embroiled in sex scandals in recent years, including Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). Massa resigned, while Ensign and Vitter are still serving in the Senate.

Souder was elected in the GOP wave election of 1994. He represents the Fort Wayne area in northeast Indiana.

Democrats this month nominated Tom Hayhurst. Hayhurst, a repeat candidate, held Souder to 54 percent of the vote in their 2006 matchup.

Souder resignation statement

IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET I ANNOUNCE THAT I AM RESIGNING FROM THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS WELL AS RESIGNING AS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR CONGRESS IN THIS FALL'S ELECTION.I BELIEVE IT IS THE BEST DECISION FOR MY FAMILY, THE PEOPLE OF NORTHEAST INDIANA, AND OUR COUNTRY. I WILL SUBMIT MY RESIGNATION TO SPEAKER PELOSI EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY. I CAN NEVER FULLY THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD, GIVEN SO MUCH AND SUPPORTED ME THROUGH EIGHT CONTESTED PRIMARIES AND EIGHT GENERAL ELECTIONS.ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN THE RECIPIENT CAN YOU REALLY FEEL THE HUMBLING POWER OF SUCH GENEROSITY. IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM AND THE VALUES WE SHARE.IT HAS BEEN A GREAT HONOR TO FIGHT FOR THE NEEDS, THE JOBS, AND THE FUTURE OF THIS REGION WHERE MY FAMILY HAS LIVED FOR OVER 160 YEARS. IT HAS BEEN ALL CONSUMING FOR ME TO DO THIS JOB WELL, ESPECIALLY IN A DISTRICT WITH COSTLY, COMPETITIVE ELECTIONS EVERY TWO YEARS I DO NOT HAVE ANY SORT OF "NORMAL" LIFE - FOR FAMILY, FOR FRIENDS, FOR CHURCH, FOR COMMUNITY.TO SERVE HAS BEEN A BLESSING AND A RESPONSIBILITY GIVEN FROM GOD.I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER EXAMPLE. I SINNED AGAINST GOD, MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY BY HAVING A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A PART-TIME MEMBER OF MY STAFF.IN THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, ANY PERSONAL FAILING IS SEIZED UPON, OFTEN TWISTED, FOR POLITICAL GAIN. I AM RESIGNING RATHER THAN TO PUT MY FAMILY THROUGH THAT PAINFUL, DRAWN-OUT PROCESS.DIANE AND MY FAMILY WERE MORE THAN WILLING TO STAND HERE WITH ME. WE ARE A COMMITTED FAMILY. BUT THE ERROR IS MINE AND I SHOULD BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY, NOT ONLY AM I THANKFUL FOR A LOVING FAMILY BUT FOR A LOVING GOD. MY COMFORT IS THAT GOD IS A GRACIOUS AND FORGIVING GOD TO THOSE WHO SINCERELY SEEK HIS FORGIVENESS AS I DO. BUT I AM SO ASHAMED TO HAVE HURT THOSE I LOVE.I AM SO SORRY TO HAVE LET SO MANY FRIENDS DOWN, PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOUGHT SO HARD FOR ME. THE IDEAS WE ADVOCATE ARE STILL JUST AND RIGHT.AMERICA WILL SURVIVE AND THRIVE WHEN ANCHORED IN THOSE VALUES.HUMAN BEINGS, LIKE ME, WILL FAIL, BUT OUR CAUSE IS GREATER THAN INDIVIDUALS.IT IS BASED UPON ETERNAL TRUTHS.BY STEPPING ASIDE, MY MISTAKE CANNOT BE USED AS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL IN A PARTISAN ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE CAUSE FOR WHICH I HAVE LABORED ALL MY ADULT LIFE.I LOVE THIS AREA.THIS IS MY HOME.IT HAS BEEN SUCH AN HONOR TO SERVE YOU.FOR SIXTEEN YEARS, MY FAMILY AND I HAVE GIVEN OUR ALL FOR THIS AREA. THE TOLL HAS BEEN HIGH.AS I LEAVE PUBLIC OFFICE, MY PLANS ARE FOCUSED UPON REPAIRING MY MARRIAGE, EARNING BACK THE TRUST OF MY FAMILY AND MY COMMUNITY, AND RENEWING MY WALK WITH MY LORD. I HUMBLY ASK YOU, FOR THE SAKE OF MY FAMILY THAT YOU RESPECT OUR PRIVACY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2010; 9:46 AM ET
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Another jerk "drug warrior" bites the dust . . . .

Posted by: mccall63 | May 18, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Specter should have had the self-respect to STICK WITH THE PARTY WHICH ELECTED HIM.


Specter BETRAYED THE NATION BY VOTING FOR OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL.


WITHOUT SPECTER, OBAMA WOULD HAVE BEEN FORCED TO BE BIPARTISAN, AND FORCED TO COMPROMISE.


(FUNNY HOW ONE HAS TO FORCE SOMEONE TO ADHERE TO THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES.)

SPECTER CAN BLAME TONIGHT ON HIMSELF - HIS BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - AND HIS VOTE TO SPEND A TRILLION DOLLARS ON OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN.

HOW MANY OTHERS CAN WE GET ????

GO AMERICA


TAKE BACK AMERICA


TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Another "family values" guy leads by example....

Posted by: burqa | May 18, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

'Are you still talking about Bush?


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No, he has a male organ.'


Really? How would you know?

Posted by: drindl
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Noa has the inside scoop

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse


'Are you still talking about Bush?


--------------------------------
No, he has a male organ.'


Really? How would you know?

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Are you still talking about Bush?

Posted by: drindl
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No, he has a male organ.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

More republican perversion:

State Rep. Jeffrey D. Perry (R-MA), who is also running for Congress, is getting some unwanted attention for his tenure as a police sergeant in the 1990s -- particularly for two illegal strip searches of teenage girls conducted by an officer under Perry's command.

While the officer was sentenced in 1994 to four years in prison, Perry was never convicted of any crime. But the Boston Globe is re-raising questions about the incidents in light of Perry's congressional bid.

In 1991, Officer Scott Flanagan claimed to be searching for drugs when he stuck his hand down a 14-year-old girl's underpants. Perry was the supervising officer on scene. The official complaint alleges Perry "observed the strip search'' but "did nothing to protect her." Perry, for his part, claimed that "it did not occur in my presence, and I have no knowledge of it,' , the Boston Globe reports.

In the second incident, in 1992, purportedly at Flanagan's request, Perry accompanied him to a 16-year-old girl's house. There, her parents later testified, Perry informed them that he and Flanagan had searched her for drugs, and added "oh, yeah, by the way, [she] pulled her pants down for us."

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds plausible. No wonder a certain man with a bigger ego screws the nation."


Are you still talking about Bush?

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Well. there you go. I knew he'd have a good reason for screwing another woman. Apparently, the onerous duties of Congressman have required him to give up his "normal life" (i.e. conjugal relations) while laboring in DC. So who can blame him for getting a little nookie on the side? A man has needs, right?
Posted by: smeesq
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Sounds plausible. No wonder a certain man with a bigger ego screws the nation.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Well. there you go. I knew he'd have a good reason for screwing another woman. Apparently, the onerous duties of Congressman have required him to give up his "normal life" (i.e. conjugal relations) while laboring in DC. So who can blame him for getting a little nookie on the side? A man has needs, right?

Posted by: smeesq | May 18, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone keeping count of the myraid instances of Republican and die-hard, right-wing, so-called Christian conservative hypocricy? Let's see:

1. Newt Gingrich (Affair with a woman other than his wife)
2. Senator David Vidder (Affair with a woman other than his wife)
3. Senator Larry Craigh (Hello Minneapolis Airport men's bathroom! Do you like my “Wide Stand”?)
4. Rev. Ted Haggard (President of National Association of Evangelicals and senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, fervent anti-gay pastor resigned because he had a relationship with another man)
5. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (Resigned for receiving bribes - currently serving time in jail)
6. Rep. Mark Foley (R-Florida; for sending sexually explicit messages to minors)
7. Rep Bob Ney (Ohio- pleaded guilty to multiple counts relating to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abrahamoff)
8. Senator John Ensign (Nevada – Admitted to having an affair with one of his congressional staff members’ wife)
9. Governor Mark Sanford (South Carolina – Hello Argentina! How did I get here when I was supposed to be hiking on the Appalachian Trails?)
TO BE CONTINUED!

Posted by: erickaba | May 18, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow look at all the religious junk in there. Why do we put up with this? You wanna believe in spirits and sprites and gods knock yourself out but keep it the hell out of politics.

One creationist jerk down, so many to go. This guy's voting record makes him sound like he only gets up on his hind legs when he has a speech to make.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 18, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

When you get caught acting like a Dem, you need to quit.

and that's what happened. Otherwise, we simply de elect you.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 18, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Just once I would like to see a Republican who takes their marriage vows seriously. Just once. One time. Surely there is a Republican who isn't screwing his scretary??

Posted by: unpluggedboodah
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Did Slick Willie change parties?

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Just once I would like to see a Republican who takes their marriage vows seriously. Just once. One time. Surely there is a Republican who isn't screwing his scretary??

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Euro has failed - what we are seeing right now is the symptons of the desease. The REAL problems are even more fundamental.

The Europeans have to figure out how to get out of this mess without bankrupting their own banks.

This whole situation is complicated by the internationalization of the capital markets.

To make a simple example - a European bank with subsidiaries all over the world buys a bond - WHERE is that bond ? It could be in Europe, Asia or in the United States - the company owns it and the company is everywhere.

There is no way to separate this all out. Greece has created a mess.


The Europeans might have to nationalize their banks and let Greece go bankrupt - and take the hit that way.

Germany has banned the naked shorting of banks and some credit swaps ? THAT JUST SHOWS HOW POWERLESS THE GOVERNMENTS ARE RIGHT NOW.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

There must be something seriously impaired with republican brains...

'The Secret Service investigated an Alabama high school teacher for using the example of shooting President Obama while teaching a geometry lesson.

A student in the class described the lesson: "He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president.'"

Posted by: drindl
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There is no mention of political affiliation. Rash judgement? Could be a disgruntled neocom statist mad that Obama has gone socialist fast enough.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, another fine example from the "moral family values" group.

Posted by: SharkMan2 | May 18, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

mortified469 writes:
"One of the most self serving bs statements I have ever read. Lord this, lord that, god this, god that. Give me a break!"
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Given that the man's resigning, I am willing to give him the break, actually. Kinda hard to be self-serving and yet abandon his seat. Though if he pops back up later, then I will agree with you.

Posted by: iamweaver | May 18, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse


One of the most self serving bs statements I have ever read. Lord this, lord that, god this, god that. Give me a break!


Posted by: mortified469 | May 18, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

'State Rep. Jeffrey D. Perry (R-MA), who is also running for Congress, is getting some unwanted attention for his tenure as a police sergeant in the 1990s -- particularly for two illegal strip searches of teenage girls conducted by an officer under Perry's command.

While the officer was sentenced in 1994 to four years in prison, Perry was never convicted of any crime. But the Boston Globe is re-raising questions about the incidents in light of Perry's congressional bid.

In 1991, Officer Scott Flanagan claimed to be searching for drugs when he stuck his hand down a 14-year-old girl's underpants. Perry was the supervising officer on scene. The official complaint alleges Perry "observed the strip search'' but "did nothing to protect her." Perry, for his part, claimed that "it did not occur in my presence, and I have no knowledge of it,' , the Boston Globe reports.

In the second incident, in 1992, purportedly at Flanagan's request, Perry accompanied him to a 16-year-old girl's house. There, her parents later testified, Perry informed them that he and Flanagan had searched her for drugs, and added "oh, yeah, by the way, [she] pulled her pants down for us."

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

There must be something seriously impaired with republican brains...

'The Secret Service investigated an Alabama high school teacher for using the example of shooting President Obama while teaching a geometry lesson.

A student in the class described the lesson: "He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president.'"

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse


Rand Paul supporters as loony as Rand Paul....

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- State and local officials say backers of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul have been removed by sheriff's deputies from an eastern Kentucky polling place after complaints that they were harassing voters.

Officials say Paul supporters were also asked to leave precincts in another county Tuesday while conducting exit polling.

Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate said voters complained of harassment and electioneering by Paul supporters in Laurel County and exit polling in Jackson County. Secretary of State Trey Grayson is Paul's primary opponent on the ballot.

Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson confirmed that deputies were called to remove Paul supporters from a polling place and the incident remains under investigation.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/18/1269543/deputies-called-to-remove-campaign.html#ixzz0oJ95LQ4j

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal should GET OUT OF THE RACE immediately.


It is horrible to ASK people to continue to support him.


At LEAST Souder has the HONOR TO RESIGN.

See - about these SCUMBAGS


OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM WOULD BE MUCH BETTER OFF IF WE GOT RID OF THE SCUMBAGS - INSTEAD EVERYONE TOLERATES THEM.

SO THE SCUMBAGS THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT NEXT TIME

THERE IS NO DETERENCE.

GET BLUMENTHAL OUT -


AND SOUDER SHOULD BE GIVEN SOME RESPECT FOR HAVING THE DECENCY TO RESIGN.


BLUMENTHAL DOESN'T HAVE ANY DECENCY.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Is that really the object of his affection in the video or are we just guessing?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Is that really the object of his affection in the video or are we just guessing?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: farmsnorton | May 18, 2010 2:14 PM |
"Federal agency chief [Salazar) admits in front of Congress today that there were lapses in his coverage of off shore drilling rigs."

No Salazar said that weaknesses at his agency’s Minerals Management Service may have contributed to the disaster, and that “a few bad apples” remained that need to be rooted out.

"It has been rocked by regular scandals, including disclosures in 2008 that agency officials took bribes and engaged in drug use and sex with oil industry officials. And its own scientists have said that senior agency officials in recent years revised staff reports to eliminate environmental concerns that might have complicated oil-company drilling applications for offshore sites in waters near Alaska."

Salazar's failure has been to not fire the entire staff of the Bush era Minerals Management Service the second he took office.

However, since Bush appointed idiots into all levels of every single Federal Agency, cleaning house is taking time, especially considering the lack of support from "do nothing" hypocritical Republican Congressmen.

Posted by: plaza04433 | May 18, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"Conservative Christian" politician => scumbag (apparently). I don't rail against actual conservative christians, but those who masquerade as such to be elected are trash. BTW, what is going on at the Washington Post? Why do I click a link on a headline only to be presented with a page that has nothing to do with anything that I clicked? Please pick it up! If I click on a headline, I expect to go to the article. What is so difficult about that? I've almost stopped going past your first page due to this inexplicable behavior. Very close to just sticking with NYT and WSJ. Please fix it. Great reporting, unbelievably odd behavior of your website. Come back to planet earth!

Posted by: public-washingtonpost-com | May 18, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

At LEAST this guy has some PERSONAL HONOR AND HE RESIGNS WHEN CAUGHT.

You don't see that anymore - mainly because of Clinton -


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

esquire2 writes:
Reading these "Comments" from the left reminds me of those who would rather bring down their opponents instead of improving themselves.

Our Nation needs to RAISE ITS STANDARDS, not allow lowered standards to become the acceptable norm.

Consider this axiom: "GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF BEST!"

We have for too long accepted what our government distributes and declare it to be GOOD.

We need persons of integrity who will restructure our government to make it BETTER with the objective of making it BEST.

The current path in Washington is pointing in the wrong direction.
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Very nicely put! You reminded me of something my band director always told us back in high school... "Mediocrity breeds decay." He always pushed us to try to make us better. He wouldn't let us settle for less. "Good enough" wasn't.

Now if only we could instill those values in our current crop of politicians instead of the, "I must be reelected at any cost and will destroy anyone who tries to run against me despite my history of being stupid," mentality.

Yes, this Congresscritter is a hypocrite, just like nearly every other one still in office... but at least he's getting out.

Posted by: kiltedknight | May 18, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"'Please, WaPo, grab a copy of his http://souder.house.gov/press_releases/1108


Posted by: iamweaver | May 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse "

Well your link doesn't exist, so that's a problem...

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Silly WaPo editor - it included the trailing period in the web address :) Gone now!

Posted by: iamweaver | May 18, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Federal agency chief [Salazar) admits in front of Congress today that there were lapses in his coverage of off shore drilling rigs. If the Obama administration had done it's job there would be no spill. OBAMA'S Katrina.

Posted by: farmsnorton | May 18, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

All these horny, Christian evangelical conservative Republican hypocrites always pull out the “the poisonous environment of Washington D.C.” excuse.

How long will it take for these bozos and supporters to admit that the so call "poisonous environment" is their own creation??

How long will it take for Republican so called conservatives to realize that the people they have been voting for are not conservatives or even honest?

How long will it take for Republican so called conservatives to realize that the people they have been voting for have the agenda to do whatever it takes, spew any manner of propaganda -in service of money, power and duping their naive supporters in acting against their own self-interest??

The real story is not Mark Souder or his lying cohorts, the real story is the idiots that vote these hypocrites into office.

Posted by: plaza04433 | May 18, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

This was a sordid affair. Thank heaven we have John Edwards to believe in!

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Question - does anyone out there know if any congresswomen or other female politicians have had to resign because of cheating on their spouse? Just wonderin' . . .
I love it when a right-wing, holier-than-thou, family-values-preaching D-bag goes down in flames. Karma baby!

Posted by: llabrmo | May 18, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

They always seem to find God after getting caught with their pants down. As if somehow that makes it all better

Posted by: sheehanjc | May 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Perfect! Another GOP "family values" hypocrite gets caught with his pants down!

And this time, he even made a video spouting off about "abstinence education" ... WITH HIS MISTRESS!!!

LOL! How typical of the Party of No: "do as I say, not as I do."

Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 18, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

A Women, don't you understand... A WOMEN!! No diapers, no little boys, A W O M E N. A republican had sex with a women. Now that's news!

Posted by: mjcc1987 | May 18, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Souder,
Just to point out a small correction needed in your remarkably self-serving statement. You didn't give ALL of your all to your constituents. Your new friend must have gotten some of it.

Posted by: m_richert | May 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

We are not throwing the first stone, we are laughing about the well deserved political fate of nasty and altogether pathetic hypocrite.

At least you can see the humor in the joke I was making about the formatting, which to my eye, looks very well matched to the content.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Did he blame that dreaded "HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA" for destroying the sanctity of his marriage?

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | May 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

This is getting old. Not the affairs, (heck, Michael Steele should be thanking this guy for 1) Resigning, and 2) Not being caught as a result of a "wide stance" and 3) Not dressing up in diapers), but the excuses, deflections and finger-pointing his con-victims will be dishing out. This self-righteous scumbag gives the finger to his family with this long term affair and people want to "yeah but" it? Absurd. Get this human stain out and stop making excuses for him.

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | May 18, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse


Such an idiot.
Hard to believe that these people go “smelling” around and destroy the family. And what they smelled does rot in given time.
If it smelled so great, why didn’t some other one liked that smell prior to her working part-time in his office?
Foolish!!

Posted by: swavde | May 18, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

csavferg1:

Sorry? What abuse?

Posted by: linda_521 | May 18, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"shrink2 writes:

"'Please, WaPo, grab a copy of his http://souder.house.gov/press_releases/1108.


Posted by: iamweaver | May 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse "

Well your link doesn't exist, so that's a problem...

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"...I feel compelled to pile on."

No worries, Mark Souder (R) did too.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

for csavferg1:

Mark Souder (winking): Tracy, don't you think it's important to stay abstinent?

Tracy (removing her robe): Oh yes, Mark. It is very important that I don't rub your hand on my girlie parts like this...

Mark Souder (Panting): Oh yes Tracy, we mustn't put my hand here or do this here...

Tracy (moaning in ecstacy): Mark, you are so right. Sooooo right. We should never ever do this thing that we are doing right now.

Mark Souder: Family values are important! Boy I can't wait to go home and see my family!

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

shrink2 writes:

"'Please, WaPo, grab a copy of his resignation speech that has paragraphs, punctuation and proper capitalization.

This all-CAPS garbage is pretty poor journalism.'

You have not been paying attention. When right wing nuts get on the WWW Internets, this is how they communicate."
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And this is why it's poor journalism - because the actual press release is legible. You can see it on Souder's website - http://souder.house.gov/press_releases/1108.

It makes me wonder if it's not a deliberate attempt to make this look worse than it is (hard to do, I know).

I'm hardly in ex-Rep. Souder's camp, as my posting history attests - but this is simply sloppy reporting. There's plenty of ammo here already for all those willing to "throw the first stone".

Posted by: iamweaver | May 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"I tried to report this abuse. It was extremely difficult. There ought to be a simpler way to report abuse. Or maybe you do not want to deal with it . . .


Posted by: csavferg1 | May 18, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse "

Wow baby much? Although I understand that in the GOP, humor is offensive. In conclusion, kill yourself.

P.S. I reported your post for abuse. Abuse of common sense.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

So he's a Republican and an "evangelical christian"?

That usually means his affair was with a man.

Or a boy.

Posted by: wilder5121 | May 18, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I am waiting for the ministers and so-called righteous leaders of the Republican party to demand all of their flock resign from every political office immediately, never run for any public office because the cost is their soul. The excuse always is always the atmosphere of the town, the corrupt power that temps the faithful. I have never understood the thinking -- after all it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. So why aren't more "godly" Republicans giving away their money, avoiding politics so they don't give the devil a chance to take their soul?

Posted by: Lemon7221 | May 18, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

To Representative Mark Souder:

"Two men went up into the temple to pray;
one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this:

‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’
But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying,

‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted." (web)

Posted by: francis4 | May 18, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to yet another sex-obsessed conservative hypocrite. Souder is particularly loathsome for his over-the-top crusade against marijuana which included sponsoring the law that denied college loans to young people who happened to get caught smoking a joint (while more serious crimes carried no such sanction). And to blame his resignation on “the poisonous environment of Washington D.C.” underscores just how vacant of virtue such small men are.

Posted by: mbarrexp | May 18, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Souder and Jackson --- the former's aid and sex partner, both married to other people --- talking righteously about "abstinence" last year, with Jacson holding up the cue cards for her boss Souder to read?

And Christians and Cons were jumping up and down, in giddiness... I bet...

Posted by: HerLao | May 18, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to yet another sex-obsessed conservative hypocrite. Souder is particularly loathsome for his over-the-top crusade against marijuana which included sponsoring the law that denied college loans to young people who happened to get caught smoking a joint (while more serious crimes carried no such sanction). And to blame his resignation on “the poisonous environment of Washington D.C.” underscores just how vacant of virtue such small men are.

Posted by: mbarrexp | May 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

At least it was a woman. At least it wasn't a bathroom stall. The "family oriented" hypocrites are in both parties and equally disgusting.

Posted by: HiloBob | May 18, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

All the cogent points have been made, but I feel compelled to pile on.

Souder will certainly be forgiven by God, there is no worry there. I would however, counsel his family, constituents, and staff to regard this RESIGNATION LETTER/TEAR FEST with skeptical eyes.

The man is a cheater

Posted by: evasdaddy | May 18, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse


Gawd Works in Strange Ways eh?
i love it when these gawd fearing lechers gets to say mea culpa after getting caught. Ha Ha Ha. It's only after getting caught but then again deep inside they want to be caught because home life is a drag with the nag.
These Repugs are hypocrites from the day they are born.

Posted by: Darwin26 | May 18, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

We need a wholesale cleanup of Congress....All existing incumbents are not fit to hold office....Those that do not resign should be thrown out!

Posted by: SeniorVet | May 18, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

It all just goes back to the words of Henry Kissinger: "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."

The attractive staffer banging the politician is the rule, not the exception.

What, Monica Lewinsky was OK, but THIS isn't?

Posted by: Benson | May 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I tried to report this abuse. It was extremely difficult. There ought to be a simpler way to report abuse. Or maybe you do not want to deal with it . . .

"Mark Souder (winking): Tracy, don't you think it's important to stay abstinent?

Tracy (removing her robe): Oh yes, Mark. It is very important that I don't rub your hand on my girlie parts like this...

Mark Souder (Panting): Oh yes Tracy, we mustn't put my hand here or do this here...

Tracy (moaning in ecstacy): Mark, you are so right. Sooooo right. We should never ever do this thing that we are doing right now.

Mark Souder: Family values are important! Boy I can't wait to go home and see my family!

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse"

Posted by: csavferg1 | May 18, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Representative Souder, who does not believe in big government, supported the Defense of Marriage Act. Another right winger caught in a glaring contradiction.

He was also afraid of the harmful effect that gay marriage would have upon the institution of marriage. Affairs, you see, have no effect whatever on marriage.


Posted by: francis4 | May 18, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse


Another creep down the drain. Oxymoron time, "honest politician."


Posted by: mortified469 | May 18, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Statistically it seems Republicans are more likely to get caught having an affair than Democrats. I am not saying that Democrats are more moral, they may just be better adulterers.
Unlike many folks out there, I do not think that an affair is sufficient reason to resign. Ironically, the one guy who should have resigned, not because of the affair but because he lied to his constituents and was derelict in his duties is Sanford. I do however think that an affair is something that the voters should consider when election time comes around. And personally I would vote against the guy.
Posted by: rcc_2000
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Yes, The D’s are better. Think Slick Willie Clinton. You need to have your affairs right in the workplace. That way you are not sneaking around like the immoral R’s.

Posted by: leapin | May 18, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"At least used car salesmen have to make payrolls and turn profits and understand something about economics and business.

Posted by: etpietro | May 18, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse "

Used car salesmen do their company's payroll? Who knew!! lol. Funny stuff.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM

No we do the opposite these days. We turn government officials into car salesmen. Ed Whitacre of GM. Whose salary by the way exceeds the limit set for bailed out companies. Approved by our current car czar. I wish my friends could do that for me.And I'm glad Souder is gone. He has no backbone.

Posted by: rolandwithrm1x | May 18, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Mark Souder (winking): Tracy, don't you think it's important to stay abstinent?

Tracy (removing her robe): Oh yes, Mark. It is very important that I don't rub your hand on my girlie parts like this...

Mark Souder (Panting): Oh yes Tracy, we mustn't put my hand here or do this here...

Tracy (moaning in ecstacy): Mark, you are so right. Sooooo right. We should never ever do this thing that we are doing right now.

Mark Souder: Family values are important! Boy I can't wait to go home and see my family!

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

By golly, times have changed. It used to be that only Democrats got caught with their pants down; Republicans had their hands in the till but not, generally, up someone's skirt. Seems as though the two-party system has switched ends, so to speak.

Posted by: dotyr | May 18, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think Dem's don't get into trouble like this? Because they don't preach against homosexuality and call them deviants and freaks, then turn around and pick up a gay prostitute at a gay bar in a rainbow Escalade pumping Erasure and Elton John! Well, not that often I suppose. Never the less, that's the definition of plain ol' hypocrisy right there and anyone with have a brain can see that.

If a Dem were to preach family values then have an affair with someone, I would expect that Dem to get his or her name dragged through the mud!

Posted by: a_pink_poodle | May 18, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Souder and Gov. Spitzer resigned. Why not Senator David Vitter? Souder's affair was merely with an unfortunate staffer; Vitter's with several prostitutes. Spitzer's seems similar to Vitter, but the governor was not a moralizing, sanctimonious Christian hypocrite, like Vitter, Souder, Gingrich etc., etc,... David Vitter's scandal (diapers, Storyville brothels etc.) was perhaps just too weird and loathsome to generate sustained interest. Also, Louisiana has often tolerated scandal, but few have been as hypocritical as David Vitter, who now hugs the alter rails in hope of salvation and, more important, reelection. -- NOLA

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 18, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Good God another right wing moral majority creep bites the dust.. And now that wonderful daughter of the Palin family is about to begin a speaking tour . What is her claim to fame? Well the last time she went out on a Bast**d Baby Tour...I guess this time she can speak on her only area of expertise, "I was a teenage Who*r." These moral majority types have no trouble criticizing others but have no shame when it comes to cashing in $15,000 a speech. The apple doesn't fall far from the money tree mom. Pretty soon we can expect a book and I would not be surprised if there is a Bristol sex tape or photo in existance that will be sold.

Posted by: rslip | May 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Please, WaPo, grab a copy of his resignation speech that has paragraphs, punctuation and proper capitalization.

This all-CAPS garbage is pretty poor journalism."

You have not been paying attention. When right wing nuts get on the WWW Internets, this is how they communicate.

Besides, what are you worried about,
maybe the formatting of this incoherent, illiterate, disingenuous (not to mention the funny stuff people have pointed out)...might makes him look bad?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Mark Souder (winking): Tracy, don't you think it's important to stay abstinent?

Tracy (removing her robe): Oh yes, Mark. It is very important that I don't rub your hand on my girlie parts like this...

Mark Souder (Panting): Oh yes Tracy, we mustn't put my hand here or do this here...

Tracy (moaning in ecstacy): Mark, you are so right. Sooooo right. We should never ever do this thing that we are doing right now.

Mark Souder: Family values are important! Boy I can't wait to go home and see my family!

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

When you make your reputation whipping other people about their shortcoming and beating your breast about how you 'walk with the Lord' you have to accept that those other people are going to smile and laugh when you yourself fall.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought only morally "loose" "Librals" would engage in indiscriminate sexual activities will any willing partners, in and out or God's sanctified and holy union!

These morally upright, uptight also do the same.

At least we "Librals" don't preach these things or go to church and pretend to speak in tongues and in holy solemnity, like these Cons.

Posted by: HerLao | May 18, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought only morally "loose" "Librals" would engage in indiscriminate sexual activities will any willing partners, in and out or God's sanctified and holy union!

These morally upright, uptight also do the same.

At least we "Librals" don't preach these things or go to church and pretend to speak in tongues and in holy solemnity, like these Cons.

Posted by: HerLao | May 18, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones wrote: I think the article says the guy he beat is a used car salesman.

“The revelations regarding Souder come two weeks after he survived a serious primary challenge from car dealer Bob Thomas…”

Republicans love to pick idiots for office.

====================================
Quite right Linda... after all, when you're running on a platform designed to fail, why not trot out the used car salesmen or the RE Broker... or even another fine local attorney that represents the Constitution? No matter what that GOP candidate looks like, it's likely their personal objective/agenda will always eclipse their commitment to personal service to their constituents. Wallet or a$$, it's all about what goes on in their pants, eh?

Posted by: JenAZ | May 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Haha, you couldn't make up a better scandal. Making videos on abstinence with your mistress...aahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaa

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Sure, "Everyone is subject to "lapses", including conservatives and liberals; democrats, republicans and socialists; believers and atheists".

But the fact is, it's only the conservatives and republicans who go around preaching "family values" and judging everyone else, like they're "holier than thou".

Funny how what comes around, goes around. Now it's fun to watch as these stalwart champions of "personal responsibility" start whining about media "gotchas", as though they're some sort of "victim"!

Posted by: mingonmongo | May 18, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a joke...the Devil made me do it...Yeah right! Loser...instead of taking full responsibility he blames the environment in D.C.. Like I said, what a joke!

It does not matter what poitical party you belong too, if you're a dog, you're a dog -period! He is a DOG!

It does matter that you are a complete hypocrite to your faith and values. Not forgetting of course what total unprofessional behavior in the office he participated in. I bet he was all over Clinton when his dog behavior with Monica Lewinsky surfaced...and yet here he is in the very same situation with a staffer no less!!

He should have to pay the people of his state for having to hold another election due to his indiscretions and he should loose his pension as well. All is lost due to his gutter dog ways.

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | May 18, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


OMG, what a loser. Check this video of him talking abstinence with his mistress:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_DJwjkU8cI&feature=player_

Ironic, early in his chat he mentions that neither abstinence education nor condom distribution efforts have reduced teen pregnancy. BINGO! We've been trying to tell people that for years, especially the rubes in the religious right. Teens will be teens, you cannot shove abstinence down their throats and expect they're going to listen to you. Like most people they're going to do just the opposite of what you tell them just to show you that you will not control them. And yes, teens KNOW that condoms work if they USE them, but they don't always use them -- and neither do many "adults."

It's amazing that any "family values" types are still around, most have left in disgrace, but I guess a few still need to be FLUSHED out. Here's this guy Souder still trying in 2008 to earn suck-up points with the religious whacko's by championing their ludicrous abstinence crap.

Historical note: The incoming class of GOP freshmen representatives in 1994, to include this guy Souder as well as Newtie baby, were so disgusting a bunch that the House GOP leadership took them all on a 2-day retreat to PA to teach them some civility and manners for working in the House of Representatives. Hah! What a waste of time and effort. Souder wasn't as egregious a fool as Newt, but still, one more lying sack of crap is now out of The People's House.

Posted by: 809212876 | May 18, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Please, WaPo, grab a copy of his resignation speech that has paragraphs, punctuation and proper capitalization.

This all-CAPS garbage is pretty poor journalism.

Posted by: iamweaver | May 18, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if Souder invoked God's name as much WHILE he was having the affair as he did during his resignation statement. I guess the family values, stand-by-your-man, and finding God doesn't actually happen until AFTER the deed is done but only if you get caught. What a bunch of frauds.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | May 18, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it great that we have so many holier-than-thou elected representatives...knowing that a forgiving God will absolve them.

...Possibly we could use a few atheists or agnostics in Congress....Oh wait, I forgot: Without expressing a belief in God, how could they ever possibly get elected?

Posted by: mbds | May 18, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

With Christian leaders like Mark Souder (R) in the public eye, it's no wonder the nation is turning from that particular religion. Jesus is very displeased with men like Mark Souder (R) for spitting in his eye.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse


I am so ready for the Sarah Palin cheating scandal.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

_____________________________________________
Sarah won't have an affair in which she might get caught because she would never risk losing a guy who is so mindless as to allow himself be addressed as "First Dude." It's hard to imagine, but he might be dumber that she is. Sorry, that's quite inconceivable.

Posted by: joachim1 | May 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like he was in the party of

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes! Yes! YES!!! YEEEESSSSSSSSS.............


Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Souder just resigned from the party of no. His action shows that the line:Abstinence--there's nothing to it-- has more than one meaning.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | May 18, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

For someone who built his political career on judging other people's lives, Souder sure is a wimp. His resignation is a patent attempt to escape public judgment and ridicule. For years this man has supported anti-gay legislation because he believes in family values. Well, with all of these so-called family values politicians involved in sexual improprieties, I guess we now know what "family values" mean: hypocrisy.

Posted by: binaryboy | May 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Last week the CBO stated that the health care bill was going to be 115 billion more than Obama's estimate. This takes the bill over a trillion dollars and breaks another Obama promise."

To be generous, I'll assume you mistakenly entered this thread about the sexual antics of a Republican Senator and mistakenly posted a comment about Obama, who has nothing whatsoever to do with the story at hand. But to reply to your diversionary post, the CBO corrected its original estimate, not Obama, who based his "promise", such as it was, on the figures given to him by the CBO.

To return to the issue at hand, labeling oneself a "sinner" seems to be all it takes for Republican politicians to be forgiven, even by themselves. And blaming Washington was equally opportunistic, presumably the guy believes that he will engender more sympathy indulging in some anti-government rhetoric on the way out. I have some advice for him in the future, since temptation comes in many forms in many places, in the future, he might want to avoid leaving the house.

Posted by: Koko3 | May 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another GOP scandal...

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he does regret losing his house seat. But I'm also sure what he regrets even more is that he got caught. Otherwise he would have resigned long ago without this phony mea culpa.

Posted by: infuse | May 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I took all the odds of register a account here to say:
How shameless and fake can a person be? I guess there is really no boundary.

Posted by: Jioloin | May 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans should stop being the party that tries to take specks of sawdust out of other people's eyes when they have great planks in their own.

Posted by: Alistairville | May 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Nov. 2009 - Rep. Souder being interviewed by mistress on the topic - "the value of abstinence."

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/rep_souder_and_mistress_recorded_video_on_abstinen.php

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Nov. 2009 - Rep. Souder being interviewed by mistress on the topic - "the value of abstinence."

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/rep_souder_and_mistress_recorded_video_on_abstinen.php

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Faux News outed one of their own. Roger Aisles is not pleased.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The should Republicans stop being the party that tries to take specks of sawdust out of other people's eyes when they have great planks in their own.

Posted by: Alistairville | May 18, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"I won't read anything written in all caps."

So, do you realize you have missed the entirety of the so called "Tea Party" political movement?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Warning to readers: I just wasted several minutes of my life reading the predictable, mean-spirited, profane, and ungrammatical comments of hyper-partisan lunatics. Don't make the mistake I made! Close this page and move on with your lives!

Posted by: justincawley | May 18, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

He's just mad that the "poisonous environment of Washington D.C." made it impossible for him to get away with it. The real poisonous environment is in his hypocritical heart.

Posted by: MarkC1 | May 18, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Sexual affairs, cheating, lying etc are individual failures. Everyone is subject to it including conservatives and liberals; democrats, republicans and socialists; believers and atheists.
I'm sick of this childish "gotcha game"!
WWJD: Let the first of you without sin cast the first stone.

Posted by: cjkcpa5505 | May 18, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse "

Ok, I've never cheated on my wife so I'll start. Mark Souder is a lying slimebag.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see another one of these clowns nailed regardless if they have a D or an R behind their name. Half these clowns are screwing around on their wives. We lived down the street from Gary Hart when he ran for president. The only time we ever say him was when he was running for President. Otherwise he did not live in the house. They were fakes then they are fakes now. If the press did it's job 70% of these idiots in DC would be gone which would be the best thing for the country.

Posted by: Pilot1 | May 18, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Souder's Love Letter to Part-Time Staffer:

HELLO MY NAME IS MARK SOUDER AND GOD IS TELLING ME THAT I LOVE YOU. I WANT TO STROKE YOUR PRETTY HAIR. I WANT TO KISS YOU ON THE LIPS. I HAVE A WIFE BUT THAT'S OK, THIS IS GOD'S PLAN: FOR US TO BE TOGETHER. UNTIL WE GET CAUGHT. THEN ILL WRITE A LONG RAMBLING APOLOGY AND BLAME D.C. I HUMBLY ASK YOU FOR A DATE AT THIS TIME.

-MARK

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Amazing!

All these Republicans getting caught having sex with non-spouses.

I didn't know they had it in them.

Posted by: KHMJr | May 18, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Another conservative Republican politician had an affair. This is almost becoming old news. We're getting to the point of Newsflash: Republican politician did NOT have an affair

When will they ever learn? They say one thing and then do another.

I refuse to read his whole statement though. I won't read anything written in all caps.

Posted by: chi-town | May 18, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Will the Republicans clammor for an investigation as they did with Massa? Doubtfull. Why? Oh right! The "sinner" is a Republican.

Posted by: Lefty_ | May 18, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Another evangelical dipping his stick where it doesn't belong.

And what a complete phony. He's not resigning because of his lack of morality but instead, because of "the poisonous environment of Washington, DC" where, "any personal failing is seized upon . . . for political gain". Gee Souder, like you haven't been part of that, you pathetic worm.

Just a question but how can you sin against "God, my wife and my family?" Don't you just SIN? And since we are supposedly all sinners anyway, we already knew Souder was a sinner. We just didn't know he was immoral, unethical and generally disgusting. Seems that he's simply dragging in the God/wife/family as an all too familiar alibi.

Good riddance.

Posted by: joachim1 | May 18, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Too funny, these Republitard hypocrites! But, too sad, otherwise, for the country - as if things aren't bad enough, thanks to the eight years of shenanigans under their beloved leaders, George Worst and his Dick.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | May 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't a "DIFFICULT TIME" for Souder when he was blowing his load into his staffer. It became a "DIFFICULT TIME" when he got caught.

Why can't you Repuke trolls like etpietro and pgr88 for once admit that one of your people is a scumbag? You just look even more moronic than usual trying to defend and deflect.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

D.C. made me do it! D.C. made me do it!!

lolololol

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Apologies for the double post. My computer did something weird.

Posted by: mssnatchquatch | May 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Are GOP "family values" rules different for House GOP and Senate GOP?
Sen. Vitter wearing diapers with hookers in a prostitution ring - and Sen. Ensign's mommy and daddy paying off their son's mistress seems to be as anti-family values as Souder's affair with a staffer.
And yet - Vitter and Ensign still proudly cast GOP votes in the Senate.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Are GOP "family values" rules different for House GOP and Senate GOP?
Sen. Vitter wearing diapers with hookers in a prostitution ring - and Sen. Ensign's mommy and daddy paying off their son's mistress seems to be as anti-family values as Souder's affair with a staffer.
And yet - Vitter and Ensign still proudly cast GOP votes in the Senate.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

C-SPAN has Souder on right now. I think the statement was simply a transcription of what Souder said, not a press release. Someone need to learn to use the Change Case function of Word.

Jake in 3D

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Sexual affairs, cheating, lying etc are individual failures. Everyone is subject to it including conservatives and liberals; democrats, republicans and socialists; believers and atheists.
I'm sick of this childish "gotcha game"!
WWJD: Let the first of you without sin cast the first stone.

Posted by: cjkcpa5505 | May 18, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Lol, his statement reminds me of the character actor Hank Worden in Howard Hawks' Red River, 1948. To paraphrase, "Fornicatin' & tomcatting, fornicatin' & cheatin'. Why, when you've been caught, why try to read the Lord in on the job."

Posted by: 2by2 | May 18, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The party of family values is really the party of do as I say, not as I do. Sorry guys, but if you're gonna talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk.

Posted by: WickedRose | May 18, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Attention all Congressmen who are having affairs - YOU WILL GET CAUGHT. You guys always get caught. Please, please, learn something from this guy. And the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him....

Now stop acting like a bunch of crazed teenage boys with overactive hormones, and get back to doing what we elected you to do. For once in your lives.

Posted by: mssnatchquatch | May 18, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

A Pelosi quote from yesterday, "Quit your job, pursue your talents and have your health insurance paid for.' Let's all do this and see what happens. Brain dead woman.

Posted by: farmsnorton | May 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

so where's the picture of the girl? is she hot? c'mon post don't tease us.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | May 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Attention all Congressmen who are having affairs - YOU WILL GET CAUGHT. You guys always get caught. Please, please, learn something from this guy. And the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him, and the guy before him....

Now stop acting like a bunch of crazed teenage boys with overactive hormones, and get back to doing what we elected you to do. For once in your lives.

Posted by: mssnatchquatch | May 18, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Bush was a male version of Palin, let's get real.

Posted by: jfern03 | May 18, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Another social conservative republican, all God, family and holier than thou attitude caught with his pants down, is this news anymore?
Bet he voted to impeach Clinton.

And for who complains about not being a republican versus democrat issue, the dems don't go around pointing fingers about other people's morality or sexual lives, so it is a political issue for sure

Posted by: biglio | May 18, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I like how he blames D.C. for his wang falling into another woman who wasn't his wife. Typical GOP, it's always someone else's fault, usually that oh-so-scary 'liberal media'

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Every time you hear of a "Family Values Republican" they're either "climbing the Appalachin trail" or hiring someone to "handle their luggage."

Posted by: cllrdr | May 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

.
today's prize for wittiest riposte goes to the Babe Nemo, who is just on fire.
But this has to be the funniest thread I've read this year, and almost none of the funny stuff is mean-spirited.
God bless us.
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Posted by: BrianX9 | May 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

His apology seems like something the Right Wing drooling idiots would post here on the WaPo forums. Misspellings, terrible grammar, all caps...

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"All caps, horrible grammar, misspellings...
This guy was a congressman?"

Former congressman, meet future Fix troll."

Exactly, shrink -- another dimwitted rightwing troll.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

SINNED AGAINST GOD, MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY BY HAVING A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A PART-TIME MEMBER OF MY STAFF.IN THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, ANY PERSONAL FAILING IS SEIZED UPON, OFTEN TWISTED, FOR POLITICAL GAIN. I AM RESIGNING RATHER THAN TO PUT MY FAMILY THROUGH THAT PAINFUL....

So if Washington wasn't a "poisonous environment" - Souder wouldn't have admitted an affair and resigned?

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

SINNED AGAINST GOD, MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY BY HAVING A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A PART-TIME MEMBER OF MY STAFF.IN THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, ANY PERSONAL FAILING IS SEIZED UPON, OFTEN TWISTED, FOR POLITICAL GAIN. I AM RESIGNING RATHER THAN TO PUT MY FAMILY THROUGH THAT PAINFUL....

So if Washington wasn't a "poisonous environment" - Souder wouldn't have admitted an affair and resigned?

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Food for thought - for all those congressmen who have demonstrated the same behavior as Souder, Ensign, Vitter and Massa, evoke the name of God, confess their "sins", seek redemption and forgiveness in the eyes of God, assuming this is sufficient for the general public, only to find out in the end that God is really angry with their hypocritical behavior, and forgiveness is not forthcoming.

Posted by: lambo1999 | May 18, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Its nice to see a politican who gets caught resigning, about half of them seem to assume that since God forgives them the rest of us do too. I know I won't forgive them for simply saying "sorry" -- that is not enough--and I suspect God would agree.

Posted by: bh4099 | May 18, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"At least used car salesmen have to make payrolls and turn profits and understand something about economics and business.

Posted by: etpietro | May 18, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse "

Used car salesmen do their company's payroll? Who knew!! lol. Funny stuff.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Too bad for him it wasn't a homosexual relationship. Then he could have WaPo cover for him and get appointed to SCOTUS
Posted by: pgr88
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Anything to deflect, eh? You want to refer to Kagen? Ok, tell me, did Kagen have a sexual relationship that involved cheating on a husband and lying to the children? Did Kagen hold herself up as an example of proper sexual morality, advocate traditional family values, and then behind everyone's back secretly do the opposite?

You get the Washington Post "You don't get it" award.

Posted by: hitpoints | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I am so ready for the Sarah Palin cheating scandal.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

About time one of these "party of family values" clowns actually resigned.

Maybe Ensign, Vitter, Snaford and Craig would be better off if they could borrow a little bit of decency and integrity from Souder, who seems to have it himself.

Hats off to you Mr Souder for doing the right thing, not the right wing thing.

Posted by: jfern03 | May 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"All caps, horrible grammar, misspellings...
This guy was a congressman?"

Former congressman, meet future Fix troll.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Blah, blah, blah, BS, BS, BS. The guy fails to mention how he sinned against the people who he was to be representing!

So tired of the cheaters. Tell everyone how to live and be pure and conservative all the time lying through their teeth. Yeah that's real Christian!

Posted by: Shingo56 | May 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Blah, blah, blah, BS, BS, BS. The guy fails to mention how he sinned against the people who he was to be representing!

So tired of the cheaters. Tell everyone how to live and be pure and conservative all the time lying through their teeth. Yeah that's real Christian!

Posted by: Shingo56 | May 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"IN THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, ANY PERSONAL FAILING IS SEIZED UPON, OFTEN TWISTED, FOR POLITICAL GAIN."

Awww poor wil baby cheats on his wife and it's D.C.'s fault. What a pathetic loser. I hope his wife has a spine unlike most of these trophy wives and leaves his a**.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

You wonder how many more politicians have caught Edwardsitis. At least he was moral enough to step down. Ensign and Vitter are running with the affairs tailing them. It will cost Ensign his seat but I don't know if AR will throw out Vitter. The GOP pushes family values, yet their policies and the Dems do the opposite. Financials becoming 40% of GDP from 20% have put a tax on everything that happens in the country. Deferred taxes on foreign income and WTO standards to min wage labor cost adjustments, environmental damage and workplace rules do not exist. Reaganomics has stopped the working class from moving up in tandem with the top 2% reducing the income and standard of living for most families. We still hooked on fossil fuels whose costs to the balance of trade, environment and health are never quantified. We will subsidize special interests without an overall interest policy. Take the subsidies given to billionaires, use that money to discount American made products and just maybe we will start making things in America again.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 18, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"I think the article says the guy he beat is a used car salesman... Republicans love to pick idiots for office."
Posted by: lindalovejones

That's nothing. Bush made a used car dealer his ambassador to Britain.

Posted by: Bud0
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I'll take a used car salesman any day over the people who Obama has appointed: we've got pedophiles, proponents of eugenics, tax cheats, race baiters....and that's not even counting the fact that they're all pretty universally incompetent.

At least used car salesmen have to make payrolls and turn profits and understand something about economics and business.

Posted by: etpietro | May 18, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me with this statement? All caps, horrible grammar, misspellings...

This guy was a congressman??? Only in the GOP...

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

TO: BrianX9 who wrote:
“…The guy didn't say that he engaged in a sexual relationship, only that he had a "mutual" relationship… A man of his integrity would surely have come clean if he was admitting to an adulterous relationship, wouldn't you think? …”
---------------

You don't apologize to your wife and kids, and ask for forgiveness from your god just because you had a "proper working relationship" with a staffer.

I think "integrity" is what's missing here.

Posted by: lindalovejones | May 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Souder doesn't have a problem. After a period of repentance, he can hit the lecture circuit for $25K a talk, maybe $50K when he's a more established speaker. Reformed sinner, recognizing his faults made him a better person, his wife's forgiveness humbled him, you can find peace by reform, redemption, etc., too, etc., etc., we all know that talk.

After that, he can write a book, for which he'll get a nice fat advance and continuing royalties, set up a blog, get interviewed on appropriate topics by the news media -- the guy has it made. I mean, this is a country in which high school graduate and unwed teenager mother Bristol Palin is a PR consultant and professional speaker who promotes abstaining from sex. We've made hypocrisy a lucrative profession in this country.

Posted by: Bob22003 | May 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

He's resigning because of "poisonous atmosphere" and scrutiny he would undergo (i.e. ethics charges)....what does he expect, a free ride? He should resign because of his hubris.

Posted by: philpost1 | May 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

People who try to make these exposed affairs into Republican vs. Democrat are some of the most annoying people in the world.
It doesn't work -- both parties do this stuff. Cut it out.

Posted by: kls1 | May 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Ok I signed up to the Washington post to respond to this. I live in Mark Souder's district. I did not vote for him because I do not agree with his track record. But of all of you people responding if this is going to be a political debate please one person tell me of his voting record in congress. If you can't then people on both sides should shutup. Slam his actions, slam on him personally, but both sides are guilty on vilifying the other's party and being mum with their own's faults. You guys talk like "my football team is better than yours" mixed with Days of our lives soap opera crap. and while I'm at this please everyone, do you know who all of your State representatives are and what they vote for. If not maybe you should look at home first before you go around forming baseless opinions. Hell read about Souder and then complain. It's what I did and why he didn't get my primary vote.

Posted by: rolandwithrm1x | May 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Right Wingers seem to honor their marital vows? They could take a cue from Obama, a true God-fearing family man.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It is a good thing that Souder is resigning. Souder has never been much of a campaigner anyhow, and he certainly wouldn't have survived this. I think Marlin Stutzman would make a great Republican nominee to keep this seat. With Souder out, this Republican seat will likely be kept this November.

By the way, for those of you who commented on Ensign & Vitter. Each case is it's own, as Vitter is on his way to a 2nd term reelection this year. Ensign looks to be dead in the political waters and may be a definant retirey in 2012, and maybe before. But Ensign retiring now and allowing Gov. Gibbons to name his replacement is not what the people of Nevada want. Gibbons will lose his primary this year and then maybe in 2011 Ensign should retire and allow Gov. Sandoval to name his replacement. For those of you who don't know Sandoval, he's a former US District Judge and he's going to beat Gibbons in the primary and Reid Jr. in the GE. Out of the 4 mentioned here Massa, Souder and Ensign, I think, will end up being casualties. Vitter looks like a political survivor.

Posted by: reason5 | May 18, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse


oh, I see Brian.

He did not have sexual relations with that woman.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Last week the CBO stated that the health care bill was going to be 115 billion more than Obama's estimate. This takes the bill over a trillion dollars and breaks another Obama promise.

Posted by: farmsnorton | May 18, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"So what did this guy have to say about Bill Clinton back in the day?"

- doczoidbeg

He actually came out against impeaching Clinton, though he did end up voting for Article 3. By the way, awesome name.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | May 18, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Just another Republican preaching Christianity but lying the entire time. Nothing to see here.

P.S. Let's set the record straight that Massa was a Republican before he switched to Dem for the hotter guys.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 18, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse


nah Codemeister.....

he just saw the "clear and present danger" staring him in the face.

Gotta watch out for those "clear and present dangers".

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

.
Don't be so hasty in your condemnation.
The guy didn't say that he engaged in a sexual relationship, only that he had a "mutual" relationship. What's wrong with that ? Don't most employers have relationships with each member of their staff, and aren't all of those relationships mutual ?
Don't jump to any conclusions.
A man of his integrity would surely have come clean if he was admitting to an adulterous relationship, wouldn't you think ?
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I still don't get why he is stepping down. Every member of Congress has mutual relationships with almost every one of their staffers. What's the big deal ?
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Posted by: BrianX9 | May 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Normal GOP family values.

Posted by: A-Voter | May 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Only surprise for a holier than thou Republican having an affair was that it was with a woman. Or was it?

Posted by: chucky-el | May 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Food for thought - for all those congressmen who have demonstrated the same behavior as Souder, Ensign, Vitter and Massa, evoke the name of God, confess their "sins", seek redemption and forgiveness in the eyes of God, assuming this is sufficient for the general public, only to find out in the end that God is really angry with their hypocritical behavior, and forgiveness is not forthcoming.

Posted by: lambo1999 | May 18, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

At least he resigned, more than I can say for most Liberal/demos. If you do wrong, you pay the price. The liberal/demos. hang on and explain their sins by waiting until people forget. I don't

Posted by: dy19spider57

Hey Spider Man, did you read the article? Rep. Massa, a Democrat (but not much of a liberal) resigned. Senators Vitter and Ensign, both conservative Republicans, have refused to resign after being caught with their pants down. As did former Senator Craig, another conservative Republican.

The issue really isn't about whether these members of congress are GOP or Democrat, but still, if you're going to post something on here you should at least know what you're talking about.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | May 18, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


(hearty laughs)

wait, what was that Ten Commandment...

"thou shall not covet a part time worker"

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Why does this always happen to the really hunky, masculine, manly, rugged members of Congress..........

(What is this guy, the Pilsbury Dougboy?)

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | May 18, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Although many who posted comments may believe that getting caught was the sin, remember this. He "manned-up" to his error, not just before his wife and family but also in to the people who elected him. He stepped down for the reasons stated (be they genuine or not, only he knows the truth of this statement).
Remember also the following excellent advice:
"Judge not lest you be judged" Matthew 7:1 (King James Version) - and
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" Matthew 7:1 (King James Version)

Posted by: Codemeister | May 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

TO: dy19spider57 who wrote:
“At least he resigned, more than I can say for most Liberal/demos hang on...”
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The reason why Dems stay is because they're too brilliant, to valuable to loose.

Republicans, on the other hand, come a dime a dozen, and you can find another one just like the last one on any street corner.


Posted by: lindalovejones | May 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

(double rolling)

"Ooops, I got caught".

Seems to be the trend....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"I think the article says the guy he beat is a used car salesman... Republicans love to pick idiots for office."
Posted by: lindalovejones

That's nothing. Bush made a used car dealer his ambassador to Britain.

Posted by: Bud0 | May 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Good, another one falls.

The more incumbents of both parties that go away, the more I like it.

Posted by: websterr1 | May 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The most disturbing aspect of his resignation statement remains the common thread of politicians of both parties:

"My faith in God and his forgiveness."

Where was his adherence to the "Godly principles" that his belief was founded upon - the Bible.

This hypocrisy is the very attitude which has prevailed in Washington, D.C. for years now and is one of the foremost elements in the destruction of this nation.

Morals, integrity, values, common sense. All gone and it has been the precurser which has allowed the people of this nation to now be burdened under a socialist, statist government overseen by a narcissist president.

As one of nearly 80 years I have viewed, with complete disdain and amazement, the destruction of this nation by "career" politicians.

As a voting public we have allowed it to occur - it is now our responsibility, for the sake of you young people, your children and your grandchildren, to alter what is occurring in Washington before all of you become nothing more than "numbers" in a federal bureaucracy which will control all aspects of your lives.

Posted by: dharper2 | May 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Why not stress the positives here. One of the three scandalous congressmen mentioned here is a Democrat. Then there was Bill Clinton balanced by Newt Gingrich. And don't forget John Edwards.

Adultery is a bi-partisan affair and the more bi-partisanship we have in Washington the better. So things are looking up.

Posted by: loyalsyst | May 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse


You Republicans and Tea Baggers can't come up with any Democrat since Bill Clinton, and you want to TRY to call yourselves the party of family values!

___________________________

Clinton was big and he did not resign. But if you look at the liberal/demos, there is no one attractive enough to attract any would be sinners.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | May 18, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Sure, the Repubs can have a house member resign and try and continue with their "we are more moral than everyone else" BS, but, you will notice that Vitter and Ensign, both senators were not forced to resign.

Posted by: rkerg | May 18, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

male or female staffer?

Posted by: dc1020008 | May 18, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Whst are family values? 41 pushed them hard.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Huh? He doesn't "HAVE ANY SORT OF "NORMAL" LIFE - FOR FAMILY, FOR FRIENDS, FOR CHURCH, FOR COMMUNITY" but does have time for an affair? Are voters supposed to feel sorry for him?

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Good. Another one falls.

The more incumbents in this awful Congress that go away,. the better. Which party is irrelevant.

Posted by: websterr1 | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

As a citizen from Rep. Souder's district, I am both saddened and angered by this news. Rep. Souder has long campaigned on Family Values, and now his very un-family like behavior has undermined all his rhetoric over the past 16 years. I have no doubt of the sincerity of his apology, as I have no doubt of the forgiveness of God, but it is typical that we humans tend to apologize only after we've been caught. This is a wake-up call for all of us who point the finger at the failings of others to remember our own failings, to temper our sense of justice with the mercy that we ourselves would like to receive. And shame on any and all who would seek to either hide or exploit this situation for political motivations. "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but that you do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

Posted by: KnightofMotley | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

from his web site:

"As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Congressman Mark Souder was one of the only voices speaking in defense of abstinence education during an April 2008 hearing. A long time advocate for abstinence education, Congressman Souder discusses the hearing."

Shoulda listened to himself.

Seriously, you do start to wonder what all these guys to advocate SO hard against sex are trying to make up for in their personal livesr.

Posted by: summicron1 | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"I SINNED AGAINST GOD, MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY BY HAVING A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP "

It wasn't totally MY fault...

"WITH A PART-TIME MEMBER OF MY STAFF."

Not as bad as having an affair with a FULL-TIME staff menber...


"IN THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, ANY PERSONAL FAILING IS SEIZED UPON, OFTEN TWISTED, FOR POLITICAL GAIN. "

The real bad guys are the media...


"I AM RESIGNING RATHER THAN TO PUT MY FAMILY THROUGH THAT PAINFUL, DRAWN-OUT PROCESS.DIANE AND MY FAMILY WERE MORE THAN WILLING TO STAND HERE WITH ME. WE ARE A COMMITTED FAMILY."

I am really a great family guy, not like those bad huys in the media....


Posted by: AnotherContrarian | May 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

His statement needs a little editing. How about: "Oops, I got caught."

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | May 18, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Souder says, "I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part time member of my staff," added Souder. "I am so shamed to have hurt those I love."

So let me get this straight. As long as the affair was a secret and undiscovered, it was ok with Souder's God, wife and family, but once it was discovered or Souder was concerned it would be discovered, it was a sin against God?

What a jerk and hypocrite.

Wait, where do I sign up for Souder's "old time religion" so I can do the same.

Posted by: lambo1999 | May 18, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I think "the Lord" should show him how to turn of the Caps button on his keyboard....

Posted by: gmcduluth | May 18, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse


TO: JenAZ who wrote:
“What I find detestable is that this foolish man continued with his campaign for office and barely beat a rival …”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I think the article says the guy he beat is a used car salesman.

“The revelations regarding Souder come two weeks after he survived a serious primary challenge from car dealer Bob Thomas…”

Republicans love to pick idiots for office.


Posted by: lindalovejones | May 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Indiana voters, next time you vote for a "family value, bible thumper republican", don't vote for his family values, because there is no way you can be sure that he wont be having an affair on the side with another man/woman. So save yourselves future shame and vote for what he does for the community and not what he preaches!

Posted by: Lawrencer1 | May 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What's a 60 yr old guy doing chasing skirts? It's not like he had anything going for him in looks either. wtf..

Posted by: ghendric | May 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

At least he resigned, more than I can say for most Liberal/demos. If you do wrong, you pay the price. The liberal/demos. hang on and explain their sins by waiting until people forget. I don't

Posted by: dy19spider57 | May 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Reading these "Comments" from the left reminds me of those who would rather bring down their opponents instead of improving themselves.
Our Nation needs to RAISE ITS STANDARDS, not allow lowered standards to become the acceptable norm.
Consider this axiom: "GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF BEST!"
We have for too long accepted what our government distributes and declare it to be GOOD.
We need persons of integrity who will restructure our government to make it BETTER with the objective of making it BEST.

The current path in Washington is pointing in the wrong direction.


Posted by: esquire2

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sorry esquire2, i was right with you until the end of your comment....conservative repugs have created a pretty tidy and highly profitable industry of surrogate character assassination outlets since the days of nixon and the race to the bottom culminated with the election of GWB. there is no hope for anything better when sarah can mock the "hopey changey thing" and conservative and tea partier crowds roar with approval....i've got another axiom for you courtesy of mr. rove: when you're all out of ideas: scare the crap out of 'em

Posted by: patrick69_69 | May 18, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this one of those supporting the NO MARRIAGE FOR GAYS AMENDMENT.

So I guess we can predict he will be on FOX NEWS next proclaiming that the GAYS drove him to cheat.

Posted by: racerdoc | May 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

So when is "Diapers" Vitter gonna go?

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | May 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the GEE OH PEE morals.

One set of rules for repigs, another for everyone else based on what the repigs deems is moral.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Posted by: dcp26851 | May 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin, your paragraph was lifted from Bob Packwood's diary, no?
If it wasn't, it could have been.

Packwood (R OR) was very proud of his sexual attractiveness, which he attributed not to his looks, of course, but to his prowess, his fun personality and the asymmetry of power in his relations with the sweet young things around him.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Why is this Republican one-eyed snake in the grass dragging God's name through the mud of his own making? Typical.

Posted by: queenofromania | May 18, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

We need a younger Congress.
I know some folks spend their whole life getting to Wash DC. If they have 5 million to spend.

I'm sick of the "bow ties" trying to tell us that America should be like it was 30 years ago.

I have said it before. It's time for the Greatest Generation to pass the torch.
I'll take a Camelot baby and an Eisenhower baby (which I am one) before I take an FDR baby or even a Truman baby.

Old values, old thoughts. And shoving "what America should be" down our throats. Sometimes I feel I am in Utah wearing Easter clothing and my hair in french braids.

(rolling)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse


You Republicans and Tea Baggers can't come up with any Democrat since Bill Clinton, and you want to TRY to call yourselves the party of family values!

You certainly are NOT.

It used to be just the GOP politicians who were out there running amuck, now it's the Tea Baggers and Republican followers running amuck trying to defend indefensable behavior.

Why not give these guys "Cheat on your Wife Free" cards, or "Go Ahead and Betray, Cause It's Ok" cards, when you send them to Washington because "Promisekeepers" ain't working for them.


Posted by: lindalovejones | May 18, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I am really curious now after reading all the comments; was it a man or woman that he had a "mutual" affair with. Was it not sexual as most affairs are? Can anyone get a list of his staffers; is there is someone in his district that can find that out?

Posted by: laborc | May 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

MACCHAMPS04 wrote - Souder is your typical hypocritical, Bible-beating piece of sh*t beloved by lukewarm IQs and those of narrow-mindedness in Northeast Indiana. Of course, he bashes Washington because he's inable to have any shred of moral character.

Go F yourself, Souder.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Obviously, you attended a MAC school. You need to soften your verbal abuse and maybe not throw stones in a glass house. Academics r US....the motto of every MAC school.

Posted by: jhpbriton | May 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

repuglican family values at work :)

Posted by: calif-joe | May 18, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

What I find detestable is that this foolish man continued with his campaign for office and barely beat a rival all the while knowing that his affair was bound to come to light. Why did he even bother to run? His challenger should be outraged that his candidacy was harpooned by this liar/cheat. His challenger should be the one that is cleared for the seat and it should be done immediately. What an a$$hat.

Posted by: JenAZ | May 18, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

More irony from the party that has the "boldness" to stand for the institution of marriage. Hey, at least this Republican had enough decency and class to resign upon being exposed as a family values phony. That's more than can be said for the likes of John Ensign, David Vitter and Mark Sanford.

Posted by: Eureka1 | May 18, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

So, this guy puts the good people of Indiana through a hard-fought election, taking their money, taking their time, taking their trust, knowing all along that there is every possibility that his affair will come to light and he will be exposed.
Now, he resigns and the people of Indiana get to give MORE of their money, MORE of their time, and MORE of their trust (assuming they have anything left of all of the above.)
Talk about a selfish individual.

Posted by: cms1 | May 18, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Souder is your typical hypocritical, Bible-beating piece of sh*t beloved by lukewarm IQs and those of narrow-mindedness in Northeast Indiana. Of course, he bashes Washington because he's inable to have any shred of moral character.

Go F yourself, Souder.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | May 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Souder calls his immoral behavior an "error"? He also implies that the "poisonous environment" of D.C. is to blame. To have an adulterous affair a person must lie to their spouse and children, yet that word is never used in his statement. He refers to the "cause" he has espoused and "values" that he is anchored in. What exactly would those be?

Posted by: CMAN27 | May 18, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Oh, c'mon! This is about rank hypocrisy. Sure, liberals get caught up in sex scandals, too. The difference is that they don't typically spend their entire public lives screaming about family values & fretting over the deterioration of American morality.
Souder spent his entire career crusading for abstinence only education; his entire career telling adolescents to keep it in their pants. Turns out, it's not something he himself could do. At least he had the sense to resign, unlike John Ensign & David Vitter.

Posted by: Sandi_B | May 18, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

TO: dmm1 who wrote:
“…The guy had the decency to confess publicly… What do you people want from him?... Even as an adulterer, he's a better man…”
____________________

I don't think "decent" is one of the names his wife and kids will be calling him.

What do people want? How about starting with decency.

Even as an adulterer he's a better man! What the heck are you smoking?

Why don't you hypocrite Republicans admit that you just don't care if the person is decent or not, if they're a crook or not, a liar or not, so long as they call themselves a "Republican" there is no sin great enough for you to condemn.


Posted by: lindalovejones | May 18, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"At least majority of Republicans have values." To not up hold your values is another story. Then again, we don't know the entire story do we? At least he admitted it. BJ Clinton is still denying he had sexual contact with that "WOMAN". Liberals Suck!"

Oh yeah, those good old-fashioned 'FAMILY VALUES' that you delusional tea-baggers keep on crowing about. "I have sinned but GAWD will forgive me!" At least Souder did it with a female staffer, not some teenager he hired from rentboy.com to 'help carry his luggage for him'


Posted by: edbermac1 | May 18, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Do these guys pass around the same statement?

Posted by: jckdoors | May 18, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

You know what I'd like a politician to say, just once?

"I had an affair. It was wrong. I am resigning because my moral values, and the values of my constituents and this Congress, are no longer compatible."

Why is it that they always resign to avoid all the attention it will bring?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | May 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

dmm1: Grow a pair.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | May 18, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Just once I would like to read or hear one of these guys say something such as, "I have sinned, But I do not regret it. My time with {fill in the blank} was so wonderful. She is amazing. Too bad my family was hurt but so what.

Posted by: agrossman1 | May 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

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Isn't that exactly what Mark Sanford did?

Jake in 3D

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Five cents sez Fox News's captioneers put a D after Souder's name: "REP. MARK SOUDER (D-IN)"

Posted by: mattintx | May 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

TO: Cobra2 who wrote:
“Come on Libs, you guys are ok with this kind of stuff. At least majority of Republicans have values. To not up hold your values is another story. Then again, we don't know the entire story do we? At least he admitted it…Liberals Suck!”
_________________________

You mean YOU'RE ok with this kind of stuff.

Liberals suck??? You can't even hold yourself back from immediately kissing this guys a.s.s. again and defending poor behavior, then you get mad at Dems because your people are liars and cheaters.

Posted by: lindalovejones | May 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

P.S. Cobra2: Let's not forget that while Gingrich was condemning Clinton and calling for impeachment, he was cheating on his wife (#2) with wife #3. You Republicans are such hypocrites.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | May 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Georges2, the "axiom" you mangled is "the great is the enemy of the good," and it is irrelevant to your point.

Posted by: rlcjr | May 18, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Another Christian Boinker bites the dust. Hypocrisy rules!

Posted by: Montana1 | May 18, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Another Christian Boinker bites the dust. Hypocrisy rules!

Posted by: Montana1 | May 18, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Cobra 2: "At least most Republicans have values" Ha! Let's see, Gingrich (2 times, once when wife in hospital with cancer), Vitner, Cunningham, Sanford, and the list goes on and on. Most Republicans discover values after they get caught. You're a typical GOP liar. Drink some more Palin, "the half-Gov's" Kool-aid.

Posted by: davidlhanegraaf | May 18, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the nastiness of the comments here is unbelievable. The guy had the decency to confess publicly, to take the blame, to remove himself from the election, to resign from Congress, to admit that he hurt people and let people down, and to keep his wife off the stage. What do you people want from him? How can you call him a hypocrite? Even as an adulterer, he's a better man than most of you vicious posters. You are so full of sin yourselves that you laugh and rejoice to think that a good man has fallen to your level. Pathetic!

Posted by: dmm1 | May 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Come on Libs, you guys are ok with this kind of stuff. At least majority of Republicans have values. To not up hold your values is another story. Then again, we don't know the entire story do we? At least he admitted it. BJ Clinton is still denying he had sexual contact with that "WOMAN". Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | May 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Just once I would like to read or hear one of these guys say something such as, "I have sinned, But I do not regret it. My time with {fill in the blank} was so wonderful. She is amazing. Too bad my family was hurt but so what.

Frankly, I think that is what really went on in this neanderthal's head when he found out he was caught in the crosshairs of public scrutiny. The only thing he, and the others who have sinned against their families, is they got caught and exposed.

We don't really care what he was doing in his dirty little corner in the dark of night. His family does. Don't tell us about it you little crud. Tell it to your wife and children. You're not that interesting to the rest of the world.

But you might want to try keeping your pants zipped.

Posted by: agrossman1 | May 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Just once I would like to read or hear one of these guys say something such as, "I have sinned, But I do not regret it. My time with {fill in the blank} was so wonderful. She is amazing. Too bad my family was hurt but so what.

Frankly, I think that is what really went on in this neanderthal's head when he found out he was caught in the crosshairs of public scrutiny. The only thing he, and the others who have sinned against their families, is they got caught and exposed.

We don't really care what he was doing in his dirty little corner in the dark of night. His family does. Don't tell us about it you little crud. Tell it to your wife and children. You're not that interesting to the rest of the world.

But you might want to try keeping your pants zipped.

Posted by: agrossman1 | May 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Moron Indiana voters will just replace him with another hypocritical right wing Republican "good Christian" who says he believes in "family values"...while banging a staffer or tapping his foot in men's restrooms.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 18, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

i would think everywhere would be a "poisonous environment" if you had an adulterous affair with a paid staff member.

Hey former congressman;
you are married, you cheated, it's not washington dc's fault. it's yours, you lying hypocrite. now go home to indiana in shame.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

These are the people who committed our good guys to die in the ' Valley of Dead Empires ' , as the US West falls unprotected to Laraza MECHa Aztlan Mexico builders, who they even allowed in the Federal cabinet, and in our Country to vote.


VOTE BETTER PEOPLE!!!! No war chest money from anyone, means integrity.

Posted by: dottydo | May 18, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

These are the people who committed our good guys to die in the ' Valley of Dead Empires ' , as the US West falls unprotected to Laraza MECHa Aztlan Mexico builders, who they even allowed in the Federal cabinet, and in our Country to vote.


VOTE BETTER PEOPLE!!!! No war chest money from anyone means integrity.

Posted by: dottydo | May 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh wait, this is the best part!

"Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) had an affair with a part-time staffer named Tracy Jackson, Fox is reporting. Jackson played the role of interviewer for a Souder Web video show on the issues of the day -- including one on the value of abstinence.

Dubbed "Congressional Update with Congressman Mark Souder," the show hit on issues like intelligent design and fencing the border.

In the November 2009 abstinence video, Jackson introduces Souder this way: "You've been a longtime advocate for abstinence education and in 2006 you had your staff conduct a report entitled 'Abstinence and its Critics' which discredits many claims purveyed by those who oppose abstinence education."

He's a creationist and abstinence supporter -- who knew?

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

David Vitter, George Rekers, Gingrich, Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Roy Ashburn: Another "family values" "evangelical Christian" GOP hypocrite. It's not about them being politicians. It's about them being the kind of politician who always has a sanctimonious double standard. Well, at least now Senator David Vitter has company, not that I'm implying that Souder was into the "creative" things Sen. Vitter was into. Rep. Souder bemoans the "climate of DC" while his own party has a sick obsession with others' sex lives. Why? Is it sexual repression? Sexual paranoia? Sexual frustration? All three?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Should have read:

I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutually satisfying full time relationship with a part time member of my staff

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Was he also a C Street resident?

Posted by: durk2 | May 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

...and in Europe this would be considered macho and get you re-elected!

Posted by: DonnyKerabatsos | May 18, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"He is not resigning. He is only changing parties, so he can spend more time with A. Specter, Charlie Rangel and Nancy Pelosi. He's finally found his place in the Universe.

Posted by: richard36 | May 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse"

nice try, tea tard, but he's much more comfortable in the party of Ensign, Vitter, and Sanford.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Several people did not read the story, I think, before commenting. The staffer was a part-time female. . .which seems to make a huge difference to some of the Republicans who commented.

This was a typical apology from a so-called "fundamentalist Christian." That is. . ."I have sinned as have we all; God will forgive me and I'm sure you will, too." What an easy life these folks have--do the crime and apologize. . .God will take you back again and again.

Luckily, the voters are getting smarter.
They're starting to blame these sinners, regardless of their claim to sorrow and penance and continuing "commitment to family values."

Peace out.

Posted by: wwIIbaby | May 18, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

He is not resigning. He is only changing parties, so he can spend more time with A. Specter, Charlie Rangel and Nancy Pelosi. He's finally found his place in the Universe.

Posted by: richard36 | May 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with Mark Souder's sin of the heart.


I do have serious issues with
Republican Sin's of Deceit
that
hurt, wound, torture, kill, lie, steal from us the people
and
people of other lands.

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | May 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Souder did vote no on three of the four impeachment counts against Clinton.
From a Gannett story at the time:

"The notable exception among the anti-impeachment Republicans was Rep. Mark Souder, whose Indiana district gave Clinton just 36% in 1996. Souder, like the other four Republicans who voted no, said he believes Clinton perjured himself before a federal grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation, but that the offense does not merit impeachment."

Posted by: TomR3 | May 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

No surprise: GOP "family values, abstinence only meddling busybody hypocrite" Congresscritter sleeps with his staffers
Big surprise: GOP hypocrite actually resigns!

Posted by: durk2 | May 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Why is Souder's statement in caps? Reminds me of all the angry right wing posters here who make their comments IN CAPS ALL THE TIME!!!!
I love Souder bemoaning the "climate of DC." This is the backwash of his own GOP's decades-long effort to snoop around our bedrooms. We've developed an unhealthy obsession with other peoples' sex lives. Much of it no doubt has to do with sexual repression and sexual paranoia, plenty of which we see on these threads every day. Now, everyone (including golfers and right wing Republican governors, congressmen, and senators) has to resign or apologize to the American people, everytime they get into a spot of trouble. Why are we so obsessed with other peoples' lives? We act like the East German Stasi. The Republicans, and their enablers in the news media, have trained the American people to focus on personal lives. Is it any wonder we are thoroughly confused and befuddled by actual policy debate?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Finally!!! After all that sanctimony, Souder finally put himself out of office. While that's certainly good news, it's almost inevitable that the savvy voters of Ft. Wayne will elect an even bigger doofus to take his place.

Posted by: Tom-Fairfax | May 18, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It's okay, Mr. Souter, Sarah Palin's daughter had a kid out of wedlock and she's making millions after bailing out of the governorship half way through her term. You have books to write and money to make, you GOP self righteous family values hypocrite.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | May 18, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Some day some pol will announce after an exposed extramarital relationship:

"This is what I do. This is who I am. People love me. I share my precious bodily fluids with them. I have nothing to hide - I don't DO children. DC is more fun than Marathon, TX, except for the annual rattlesnake hunt, but everyone in my District knows that, and I always try to have the younger prettier ones visit me when I am in my Washington office. I am an equal opportunity lover; rich, poor, hispanic, black, Asian, you name it. I never take money for sex and I try to give as good as I get. Partying is its own reward. Congress is a great job and I recommend it as a career path to anyone who is the least bit horny. Or, contact me at my office and I can put you in touch with scores of like-minded representatives of the people. It's the least I can do. Really.

And, of course, a big shout out to my wife and kids back home - luv y'all!"

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 18, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious.

It's getting to the point where we can just assume every male conservative Christian Republican officeholder is actively "sinning against God" sexually -- until we learn otherwise.

Posted by: nparsons13 | May 18, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

and another GOP FAMILY VALUES HYPOCRITE bites the dust.... LOL

Posted by: EdSantaFe | May 18, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

ahhh yes, family values once again in the GOP.

Posted by: nowhine | May 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse


Hmmmmm, . . . the "confession" does not specify race, gender, or species, does it?

Do you think he got caught with Mitch McConnell?


Posted by: gkam | May 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Another pious, sanctimonious right-wing Republican caught in a neighborhood of glass houses with stones in his hand. Does that Party ever get tired of this same old saw?

Posted by: mmclaughlin1 | May 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I give this repub credit. At least it was with a woman and he didn't go to rentboy.com.

Posted by: dcp26851 | May 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Feds with their pants on the ground?
Are you really that suprised?

Who is VERA BAKER?

Posted by: dottydo | May 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

A little clarification... John Ensign (member Republic Party from Nevada) is still in the Senate. Just who he is $erving, other than $olidifying his current and future entitlement$, is not clear.

Posted by: whocares666 | May 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

What a repulsive tu.rd of a toad. I hope his wife divorces him.

Posted by: snortz_the_cat | May 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

msgrinnell, it's "lie, lie, lie", not "lay!" Now, they can lie in it! What are going to "lay?" An egg? Or another one of their mistresses!

Posted by: georges2 | May 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse


Reading these "Comments" from the left reminds me of those who would rather bring down their opponents instead of improving themselves.

Our Nation needs to RAISE ITS STANDARDS, not allow lowered standards to become the acceptable norm.

Consider this axiom: "GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF BEST!"

We have for too long accepted what our government distributes and declare it to be GOOD.

We need persons of integrity who will restructure our government to make it BETTER with the objective of making it BEST.

The current path in Washington is pointing in the wrong direction.

Posted by: esquire2 | May 18, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

boy oh boy....and the chick was a part time worker. on the payroll no doubt.

i wonder what would have happened if it was "a temp".

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"Do they not ever learn? Are they so fearful of reality, so terrified of life and death that they follow any extremist who tells them what they want to hear?"

Yes. You have in your question the answer, why it is the Republican base voter...will never learn. Clear and accurate, A+ gkam.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

He robbed Indiana of a fair vote. Such a dirtbag that ran on family values. Wasted so much time and money on a campaign that was a total sham. Just total nonsense. All his campaign money should be given back.

Posted by: pattyfuss | May 18, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

What is more telling to me is the citizen/voter reaction to these kinds of revelations. In the event an elected Republican official is involved in a sexual scandal, the current right wing reaction seems to be to vilify the President or to continue the talking points from Fox, or Limbaugh or Palin or Gingrich (a philanderer), or to refer back to President Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, etc. What they don't do is demand the resignation of their own. Okay there is also the obligatory acceptance of their confession of sin.

For me this double standard and denial is far more telling than the fact that people have affairs. With the typical Republican voter having such an inability to be honest with themselves they cannot be trusted to vet their candidates or to speak up against the extremism and brutality that is claiming their party. As an Independent I would not touch one of their candidates with a ten foot pole in the upcoming election.

On the other hand it seems that Democrats are demanding more of their candidates, wanting better and smarter people to represent them. The party of sleeze, machine politics, hypocrisy and just basic poor choices at this time is the Republican party. They will drive us off the cliff we just narrowly skirted driving over if we give them the chance in November.

Posted by: cats2 | May 18, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

What a creep and good riddance...another cold hearted, pandering to the super rich Republican is caught in his hypocrisy… a persistent critic of "homosexual marriage." He cosponsored the "the DC Defense of Marriage Act which would simply state that in our nation's capital, marriage means what marriage has always meant" and the "Marriage Protection Amendment [which] would amend the U.S. Constitution to ensure that marriage in the United States consists only of the union of a man and a woman." a champion of abstinence education and traditional family values, RIGHT!!
and what a voting record.
Bill to lower the interest rate on student loans NO
Bill to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program NO
Bill to gives U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on without a court order. YES
Bill to repeal tax cuts to oil companies and mandate that they pay a fee to remove oil from the Gulf of Mexico. NO
Bill to increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour over two years. NO
Estate Tax and Extension of Tax Relief Act Yes
Extended the Bush tax cuts for r the Rich. Yes
Cut $40 billion from the federal budget by imposing substantial changes on welfare, child support and student lending programs. YES
Proposal of a Constitutional amendment to ban the desecration of the American flag. YES

Posted by: JJH1 | May 18, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse


holy doughnuts batman....
another one bites the dust.

....."IN THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, ANY PERSONAL FAILING IS SEIZED UPON, OFTEN TWISTED, FOR POLITICAL GAIN."

When you walk into Wash DC and you are elected, you stand at attention, do your job and you stay clean as can be. In affairs, in money laundering, in anything.
To go to Wash DC is an honor.

Losing honor is becoming quite popular, no?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Well, I honestly don't know why he resigned. So what? Americans expect their politicians to lie and to cheat on their spouces and to be corrupt. The man was just doing what was expected of him. Who would have cared?

Posted by: georges2 | May 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

bobbob wrote>>>I wonder if he voted to impeach Bill Clinton.

I don't know, but Souder was adamant that Sen. Craig(R) should resign after his tap dance in a men's restroom - but apparently is OK with GOP senators Vitter and Ensign remaining in the Senate AFTER admitting affairs with hookers and a staffer.

Now we know that "family values" Souder believes marriage is confined to one man and one woman......and one mistress.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

bobbob wrote>>>I wonder if he voted to impeach Bill Clinton.

I don't know, but Souder was adamant that Sen. Craig(R) should resign after his tap dance in a men's restroom - but apparently is OK with GOP senators Vitter and Ensign remaining in the Senate AFTER admitting affairs with hookers and a staffer.

Now we know that "family values" Souder believes marriage is confined to one man and one woman......and one mistress.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 18, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

As an ex-Republican all I can say is that the holier-than-thou GOP made their own bed now they can lay in it. On top of that, everyone is just fiddling while fiscally Rome is burning....

Posted by: msgrinnell | May 18, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Translation:

"I'M NOT RESIGNING BECAUSE I DID IT, I'M RESIGNING BECAUSE I GOT CAUGHT."

Posted by: TomR3 | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

What is with the all caps? Is that is guy Souder a SCREAMER?

Even if he wrote it this way, you should correct it CC, it's unreadable.

Yet another whinining, hypocritical, rightwing scold. Yawn.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse


Since he was doing the terrible things he accused everyone else of doing, now he wants "privacy". This is just another NRA nut, another hard-core "Family Values" Pervert!

Doesn't it embarrass the fools who were suckered in by these obvious phonies? Do they not ever learn? Are they so fearful of reality, so terrified of life and death that they follow any extremist who tells them what they want to hear?

Okay, . . I'll be easier on them if hey answer only one question: What happens after Senator David Vitter (R), has the prostitutes put those diapers on him?

Then what?

Just as I thought!


Posted by: gkam | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ronjeske | May 18, 2010 10:13

"IF the man truly had a great marriage and was solidly committed to his wife and family, he would not have had the affair. ... "

It is soooo EASY to kick someone when they are down. If you take this man at his word, try a little forgiveness. Souder at least admits his errors and says he "sinned" ... and threw himself under the bus.

Compare with Tiger Woods ...

I applaud Rep. Souder for his immediate resignation. He at least acknowledges breaching the code of conduct for public officials and accepts the punishment. Compare with Rep. Jefferson of "cold cash" fame, and many others who attempt to retain their CASH COW existence at the expense of We the People.

God remains an important force in each of our lives. IT IS WRITTEN
"There are NO ATHEISTS in a foxhole."

Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.

Posted by: esquire2 | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

What a LOSER.

Posted by: mikem1 | May 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

300,000 jobs...
300,000 votes?

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse


How boring! What a lack of imagination and originality.

It's always the same scenario, once caught the good faightful double-crossing carpet-bagger comes and tells how humbled and ashamed of his sinful act. How loving and caring for his wife and children he is. And asking the LORD to forgive.

Hypocrites! shameless double-faced snakes. They won't, by themselves, come forward and tell it loud and clear, until they are caught with dickie in the wrong person.

Go and hide yourself and don't give us all the bull about the lord.

Posted by: foxblues | May 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, blame your infidelity on Washington, DC - the voters and your wife will surely understand and forgive you.

Posted by: usblues1 | May 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

LOL LOL the fact that he was horny and she was available had nothing to do with it well at least for a change a republican had an affair w/a woman

Posted by: lildg54 | May 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Replying to:
"DIANE AND MY FAMILY WERE MORE THAN WILLING TO STAND HERE WITH ME."
Suuuuuure they were.

"I LOVE THIS AREA.THIS IS MY HOME."
So is it a "poisonous environment" or isn't it?" Posted by: mattintx

Perfect responses on both counts, Mattintx!

Posted by: DCSteve1 | May 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Phew! At least it was a part-time staffer and not a full-time staffer.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | May 18, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Did he live on C Street too?

Posted by: hoos3014 | May 18, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I love guys like Penazoid with their "a plague on both their houses" blather. Looks to me like it's only one house that's filled with bigoted, do-nothing, mealy-mouthed hypocrites, pal. I give you: your Republican party!!!! A plague on that house, alright. No problem with that.

Posted by: chert | May 18, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't care who he sleeps with (male or female), unless he gets elected on a 'family values' platform as a member of the 'moral majority' Party. I wonder if he voted to impeach Bill Clinton?

Bye bye, hypocrite!

Posted by: thebobbob | May 18, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Just another hypocrite Sunday Christian evangelical conservative republican, malignant narcissist, chronic scape goater, with his perversity of inequality and rights only of his kind, got caught with his pants down. Yet with an other aid staff member. Now the SOB has sinned against his god and his wife.

Posted by: winemaster2 | May 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

LOL LOL so true the more conservative and religious they are the bigger the sinner they are such hypocrites and so phony wow but all he has to do is say he sinned against G-d and say he is against abortion and they the conservatives will still love him what idiots and phonies

Posted by: lildg54 | May 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

So it's the "poisionous" atmosphere of Washington that led to his indescretions?

Posted by: Solnoir | May 18, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

nothing is worse than what the dems did this year to us...
they have to go...
no jobs...
no votes...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 18, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahaha! Another Republican sex-addict! He joins Sen. David Vittor, Sen. John Ensign, Gov. Mark Sanford, Cong. Mark Foley, Senator Larry Craig, Rev. Ted Haggard, (had a boy-toy prostitute drug parties), Rev. Pat Robertson (knocked up wife before marriage), and NEWT GINGRICH!

Democrats are just as bad...Senator John Edwards is the KING of THE fornicating hypocrits, renewing his marriage vows with Elizabeth,KNOWING he had knocked up his mistress Rielle Hunter!

Then there's Governor Mark Spitzer, Bill Clinton, Rep. Mazza, to name a few! There are many others, I am certain.

POWER seems to make fools out of our Representatives in Government, doesn't it?

Posted by: cashmere1 | May 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Did he really write that in ALL CAPS?

Posted by: sollazo | May 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, blame your infidelity on Washington, DC - the voters and your wife will surely understand and forgive you.

Posted by: usblues1 | May 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Incidentally, Souder won the district with 55% of the vote in 2008 (second place was the Democrat with 40%)

And Obama lost to McCain 43-56 in 2008. It's a longshot to flip the seat, but not impossible.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Too bad for him it wasn't a homosexual relationship.

Then he could have WaPo cover for him and get appointed to SCOTUS

Posted by: pgr88 | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

BFD!

Posted by: ajlerner1 | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

many will fall this year...
change in a new congress and speaker in jan, 2011...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

It is a happy day for District residents! Souder was always meddling in district affairs and did everything he could to neuter local gun control laws. Good riddance!

Posted by: brewer1 | May 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to this piece of human debris - Hey Souder, there is plenty of room for your fatass in the new Elkhart County landfill.


Posted by: ashafer_usa | May 18, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Have you seen a picture of this guy? ugh.

Posted by: 44fx290 | May 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Mark Souder's statement clearly shows, without saying, that he has an affair with a man (very Republican), not a woman.
All the while he was banging, or being banged, by his John, Souder was a solid defender of the Republican "family values" crapp. These basterds don't have values only $hort term interest$.

Posted by: analyst72 | May 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, how hard is it to keep your fly zipped?

Posted by: WildBill1 | May 18, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

since i've never even heard of this d-bag, i'll respect his privacy -- because i don't know or care about him, or anyone associated with him.

but seriously. he couldn't have seen this coming before the primaries?

Posted by: potomacfever00 | May 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

A Congressman has/had an affair - I'm shocked I tell you shocked!!! Not.

Posted by: rlj1 | May 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Poisonous environment, eh? Well it will be a lot less poisonous without this guy around. These people had better stop pointing fingers at Washington, or else they might well get what they wish for - a weak centralized government and the Balkanization of the former United States of America. After that happens, don't come crying for help from D.C. when your "state's rights" @55 gets invaded by Ohio.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | May 18, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Just another hypocrite Sunday Christian evangelical conservative republican, malignant narcissist, chronic scape goater, with his perversity of inequality and rights only of his kind, got caught with his pants down. Yet with an other aid staff member. Now the SOB has sinned against his god and his wife.

Posted by: winemaster2 | May 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

an announcement in all caps ... oy, you don't usually see that except from trolls.

ah, too bad -- another good christian, family values republican taken down by the devil, no doubt.

hilarious.

Posted by: mycomment | May 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

This is truly amusing. First, Senator John Ensign (R-NV) introduces an NRA amendment to repeal the District of Columbia's gun laws (thereby threatening the lives of families across the city in return for PAC money and the gun lobby's endorsement), only to pull his name off the amendment after he was caught screwing a staffer behind his wife's back.

Now Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), the co-sponsor of the current "Second Amendment Enforcement Act" to repeal D.C.'s gun laws, meets the same fate.

So is this the NRA's "Celebration of American Values" in action?

http://www.personalliberty.com/news/nra-to-celebrate-american-values-this-weekend-19774155/

Posted by: gritsjr | May 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

the honorable thing to do, et tu Senators Vitter and Ensign?

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Statistically it seems Republicans are more likely to get caught having an affair than Democrats. I am not saying that Democrats are more moral, they may just be better adulterers.

Unlike many folks out there, I do not think that an affair is sufficient reason to resign. Ironically, the one guy who should have resigned, not because of the affair but because he lied to his constituents and was derelict in his duties is Sanford. I do however think that an affair is something that the voters should consider when election time comes around. And personally I would vote against the guy.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | May 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Wait a sec. Another one of these "family values" guys caught in a sexual imbroglio? Say it aint so. Who knew these right-wing liars were all a bunch of hypocrites? Who knew?

Posted by: chert | May 18, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

He's doing the full Jimmy Swaggart "I have sinned"

In 2004, Souder said in an interview that "the closer to the clearness of the Bible, the less ability I should have to compromise.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | May 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance. After years of taking money out of my pocket, I hope he has a nice life.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

So was the staffer male or female? The fact his apology didn't say female leads me to suspect if was boy on boy action. Maybe he should have just used Rentboy.com like the conservative Reverend who started the Family Research Council.

Posted by: buffysummers | May 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Repeatedly flinging "God" into this makes his writing hilarious. The audacity is astounding.

You've gotta love republican style family values. Just another example from the do as I say, not as I do party.

Posted by: JilliB | May 18, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Hiking the Appalachian Trail, one encounters many Republicans.

Posted by: HughBriss | May 18, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

IF the man truly had a great marriage and was solidly committed to his wife and family, he would not have had the affair. He was away from home, in an environment that encourages people to act outside of themselves, and he felt "entitled" to live higher and wider than his Hoosier background would tell him was OK. The problem is that the affairs always find their way into the light of day and the view of the public. Then we see the chest beating and requests for forgiveness after admission that the guy was a fool.

Congress needs a section of the ethics committee that deals with bad sexual behavior of all kinds that issues the tar and feather suits for the disgraceful walk of shame.

Posted by: ronjeske | May 18, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

borrowed 37th's keyboard

not to pile on...it has dottydo's unhinged religiosity and I feel some of armeg's anger running underneath...

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

At least he had the decency to resign and spare us the headlines every day. Ensign and others hang on for dear life as their dirty laundry is aired to the public.

Posted by: sharronkm | May 18, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Har! Har! Another guns, God, and family values Republican bites the dust! Republicans are a bunch of hypocrits aren't they? This story reminds me of Newt Gingrich doinking one of his staffers while lambasting Bill Clinton during the whole sordid Monica Lewinsky affair.

Posted by: montana123 | May 18, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth do we bother to vote? I have voted Republican for 20 years but I have cast my last vote. A plague on both their houses. ALL politicians are vermin from McCain to the clown in the White House

Posted by: Penazoid | May 18, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"DIANE AND MY FAMILY WERE MORE THAN WILLING TO STAND HERE WITH ME."

Suuuuuure they were.

"I LOVE THIS AREA.THIS IS MY HOME."

So is it a "poisonous environment" or isn't it?

Posted by: mattintx | May 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, while we wait for returns, I can't wait to hear what Blumenthal says to the vets at 1400. Will he go Mark Sanford, or will he make any sense?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I think Souder forgot to turn off his caps lock key. That or borrowed 37th's keyboard.

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It'd going to make the GOP look really bad if this dude was playing marbles with another dude, instead of a chick.

Posted by: hared | May 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

What a jerk. Go through the primary process and get the other guy bumped, only to resign two weeks later. Thanks a lot d-ckhead.

Posted by: flintston | May 18, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Judging the way he rights, I mean writes, he could have a bright future as a Fix blog troll.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

So what did this guy have to say about Bill Clinton back in the day?

I am betting the "part time member of his staff" with whom he was carrying on an extra-marital affair was a man.

Posted by: doczoidberg | May 18, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

"I sinned against my God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part time member of my staff,"


a 'mutual' relationship? is there another kind?

maybe a solo relationship?

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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