Breaking: Republican Congressman to resign over sex scandal; Update: Could Stutzman take over?

posted at 9:36 am on May 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Just two weeks after he won a hard-fought Republican primary in Indiana to keep his seat, Rep. Mark Souder will resign his office.  Fox News reports that an affair with a staffer has become publicly known, and Souder will exit rather than face an Ethics Committee investigation (via Dave Weigel):

Eight-term Rep. Mark Souder will announce his resignation Tuesday after it came to light that he was conducting an affair with a female staffer who worked in his district office, Fox News has learned.

Multiple senior House sources indicated that the extent of the affair would have landed Souder before the House Ethics Committee.

Elected as a family values conservative as part of the Republican revolution in 1994, Souder survived a tough re-election challenge in 2008 and survived a contested primary two weeks ago.

Say, wouldn’t it have been a good idea to make this decision three weeks ago?

Souder’s abrupt exit puts the GOP in a tough position.  Someone will have to peruse Indiana’s state laws to see if the Republicans can select a replacement candidate for the November ballot, and what the process might be.  Bob Thomas came in second to Souder, about 11,000 votes behind him and 15,000 ahead of Phil Troyer.  If the GOP can make a ballot switch, the logical choice would be Thomas, but that’s a big if.  They may have to go with a write-in campaign.

The Fox report makes mention of Eric Massa and the scandal surrounding his resignation.  Will this be the equivalent?  If it was a completely consensual affair, probably not.  Massa was behaving in a predatory manner, and the Democratic leadership appears to have deliberately turned a blind eye to it.  Barring any further revelations, this looks like run-of-the-mill hypocrisy, which is unfortunately found in abundance in Washington DC.

Update: How could this have happened? As usual, South Park is way ahead of us. Could it be … aliens?

Update II: According to a later report by Dave Weigel, the Indiana GOP can replace Souder at the state convention next month.

Update III: Could the GOP have a handy replacement already?  Rightosphere notes that Marlin Stutzman — who came in a surprising second to Dan Coats in the Senate primary — lives in Souder’s district.

Update IV: This could get a Chutzpah Award: Souder’s mistress videotaped an interview with Souder discussing … his support for abstinence education.


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Souder is a human waste of skin! At a critical juncture in the history and survival of the United States as we know it, Souder is nothing more than a traitor to the freedom-loving patriots of our country. Sadly, we will be paying for his pension and other perks for as long as the bum lives…what a travesty of justice! Another solid case for term limits!

metroryder on May 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

And BTW- For someone who professes such intelligence,can’t you ever add anything even remotely intelligent to any discussion here?
All you ever do is snipe & run.

Badger40 on May 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Whatever dude.

You and I both know that you can find many, many, many verbose, overly-involved, 500-word missives written by me at HA. I have about 40 browser windows open right now. Forgive me if I don’t get back to our wholly unimportant comments.

Glad to hear you miss me so. Oh yeah, sorry you and canop broke up.

The Race Card on May 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I have about 40 browser windows open right now.

The Race Card on May 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Wow, that is OG!

Inanemergencydial on May 18, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Inanemergencydial on May 18, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Ice-T called. He wants his song back.

The Race Card on May 19, 2010 at 12:21 AM

I guess the “red-blooded American male”, “healthy libido” stuff only works for the likes of Pudge Boy Clinton and other assorted Demorats?

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 19, 2010 at 4:55 AM

Funny how “family values” politicians never live up to their own b.s. It might be an indication government shouldn’t be in the business of policing morality…

Enrique on May 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Rand Paul says here’s your gun, here’s your land, God bless you, good luck. That’s his form of government.

Gopers resign when they have this kind of scandal because they become less like what their constituents want. Donkeys get re-elected because they become more like what their constituents want. Go Figure.

Fighton03 on May 19, 2010 at 12:53 PM

uh…jeez, wrong copy. sorry for the poor proofreading skills.

here is what i intended to reply/add to

I guess the “red-blooded American male”, “healthy libido” stuff only works for the likes of Pudge Boy Clinton and other assorted Demorats?

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 19, 2010 at 4:55 AM

Fighton03 on May 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Funny how “family values” politicians never live up to their own b.s. It might be an indication government shouldn’t be in the business of policing morality…

Enrique on May 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Policing morality? Sounds like a talking point that you really have not given much thought. Me I prefer the government try to prevent things like murder, rape, you know immoral actions.

CWforFreedom on May 19, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Did this girl look like Clarabelle?

LarryG on May 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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