5/18/10 at 9:56 AM
Rep. Mark Souder, an Indiana Republican, will resign this morning in Ft. Wayne, effective Friday, because of an affair with a female staffer. According to Politico, Souder told House Minority Leader John Boehner of the affair on Sunday. Fox News reports that Souder was absent from D.C. most of last week and missed several votes.
"I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," Souder said in a statement this morning.
A former aide to Dan Coats, who is now running for Senate in Indiana, Souder has been elected to eight terms, coming to Congress in the 1994 Republican revolution. He has been reliably conservative, opposing abortion and emphasizing the importance of religion. But Souder was hammered in a tough primary over his votes for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the "Cash for Clunkers" program, although he ultimately won.
Although few details are available so far, Souder's case seems...