June 1, 2010

Souder: "I am so ashamed to have hurt" by cheating

Mark Souder, a Repbulcian Indiana congressman who was considered a sure bet to get re-elected, is now dropping out unexpectedly, after the conservative advocate of family values was found to be cheating on his wife with a staff member.

Said Souder, "I am so ashamed to have hurt the ones I love, I am sorry to have let so many friends down, people who have worked so hard for me. 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, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon and twisted for political gain. I am resigning rather than put my family through a painful drawn out process"

Souder: "I am so ashamed to have hurt" by cheating

Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder acknowledged an affair with a staffer Tuesday and unexpectedly announced his resignation, giving Democrats a chance at capturing what many had thought was a safe Republican seat. The eight-term congressman apologized for his actions but provided no details. Souder won the Republican primary over car dealer Bob Thomas, who spent much of his own money on television commercials portraying Souder as a career politician who wasn't a true fiscal conservative. Souder countered by emphasizing his A-plus marks from the National Rifle Association and 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

Posted at June 1, 2010 4:19 AM