GOP Rep Souder to Resign Over Affair w/ Staffer He Made 'Abstinence Only' Video With (UPDATED)

Yet ANOTHER lying, hypocritical, family values, GOP Representative, Mark Souder (R-IN), announced he is resigning over affair with staffer, a staffer he actually made an "abstinence only" video with!

Via TPM:

He said in a statement that he "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff." And he blamed the atmosphere in Washington for forcing him to make the move:

"In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., 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."


Yeah, Mark. It's the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C." that is causing you to resign. Typical rethug. Blame everyone else for you wandering dick.

As Markos said, "Souder should've talked to Ensign, Vitter, and Sanford about the need to resign after getting caught screwing another [woman]."

Here's more about who this guy purported to be:

The eight-term Indiana congressman is, of course, a vocal proponent of traditional family values. He has been married since 1974 and has three grown children.

"I believe that Congress must fight to uphold the traditional values that undergird the strength of our nation," he says on his official website. "The family plays a fundamental role in our society. Studies consistently demonstrate that it is best for a child to have a mother and father, and I am committed to preserving traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman."

Souder adds: "I am committed to fighting the assault on American values."


Souder has also been a persistent critic of what he calls "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."

TPM also reports that this is the same Rep who made this video discussing abstinence....with his mistress:
Per Rep Mark Douder's Youtube page:

November 12, 2009
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.

Also check out TPM's SLIDESHOW of Conservative Sex Scandals.


Oh, this is rich:

Souder met the woman after she subbed for him... on a Christian radio show (h/t GregMitch)!!

UPDATE II (May 20, 2010):

Mark Souder sent in his resignation letter.


Rachel Maddow covered this story in depth on last night's show, as if her interview with Rand Paul was enough:
Souder latest in string of Republican disgraces

May 19: Rachel Maddow looks back on the 1994 Republican Revolution with its self-righteous "family values" message and reviews how many of those very legislators have suffered sexual, ethical or criminal falls from grace even as they continued to impose on Americans values to which they did not adhere.

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