Another, yes another GOP Congressman thinks his Aide is there for sex. Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN) will resign from the House Friday following an affair with a part-time congressional Aide.
“I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff,” Souder explained in a statement on Tuesday.Yes, it is an extramarital affair that ends Souder’s career in Congress. But how bad is Souder’s resignation for the Republican Party? How damaging is this scandal?Knee-jerk reaction: not very. Souder’s scandal will remind everyone of John Ensign’s affair with a staffer, which is bad for Republicans. Dave Weigel points out that Souder is an abstinence-only crusader, which the left will find ironic, and which will fit into the Republicans-are-hypocritical-family-values-proselytizers theme we’ve seen before.But here’s why Rep. Souder’s resignation isn’t all that bad for his party, compared to recent congressional sex scandals:1) He’s resigning from Congress. Any scandal is worsened by a politician who chooses to stick around. Souder’s affair with a part-time staffer is reminiscent of Sen. John Ensign’s (R-NV) staffer affair, and Ensign has remained in the Senate, dogged by an FBI investigation over a nearly $100,000 payment he arranged and help he gave go the staffer’s husband in finding a job. Souder, it seems, has come out with it and will leave, making a relatively clean break, not a messy, protracted, circus. Compare that to the days after Eric Massa’s scandal broke, before he resigned the following Monday.
What is worse then an affair is total hypocrisy. Souder and the Aide in question did a Abstinence Education video