Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Family Values Strikes Again

Another evangelical Christian Republican is busted for having an affair.

Indiana congressman Mark Souder’s resignation, announced Tuesday, came after anonymous tipsters called his aides and his opponents in a Republican primary to say he was having an extramarital affair with a part-time staffer, according to sources familiar with the calls.

The conservative Christian congressman’s chief of staff, Renee Howell, confronted him last week over the rumored affair with Tracy Meadows Jackson, according to a source in the office. On Tuesday morning, two weeks after winning the primary, Souder publicly admitted the affair — without naming the staffer — and said he would resign effective Friday.

To add to the already deep creepiness, Mr. Souder and Ms. Jackson made a video that preached the glory and holiness of abstinence; obviously they were making it for other people. And to top it all off — if that’s possible — Mr. Souder and Ms. Jackson were having their trysts in Indiana state parks. I guess he wanted to show her his woods….

Compared to Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), I’ll give Mr. Souder props for at least having the decency — if you want to call it that — to resign and get the hell out of town.