Mark Souder, a Republican congressman from Indiana, has announced that he will resign his seat over an affair with a female aide. Fox News identified Souder's mistress as Tracy Jackson, a "part-time aide who worked in his northern Indiana district office."Here is a video of Souder discussing abstinence with his alleged mistress:
"Jackson is still on staff," Fox News reported. "She is described as being in her mid-40s and married. Jackson handled communications for Souder in the district and periodically travelled with him."
Last November, Souder's office posted a video of Jackon "interviewing" the Congressman about an abstinence-only education hearing. The caption of the video noted that Souder was "one of the only voices speaking in defense of abstinence education."
As expected, Souder issued an apology for his sins.
"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. 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. I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff. I am so shamed to have hurt those I love."Souder recently won the GOP primary to run for a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, but with this recent revelation, I wonder what this will do for the Democrat competing for that seat. I also wonder if the right-wing media will focus on this scandal or look the other way. Looks like claims from the others who competed against Souder were right - that he was a "lapsed conservative."
As always, I don't really care about the personal lives of politicians, but I like to point out these moments of hypocrisy, when conservative legislators continually talk about morals but they don't practice what they preach. As a side note, him doing a video with his mistress reminds me of John Edwards.