Ladies and gentlemen, Congressman Mark Souder:
Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) is resigning from Congress after telling colleagues he had an affair with a female aide.
“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 Tuesday. “I am so shamed to have hurt those I love.”
Souder said his resignation – which will take effect Friday — is “the best decision for my family, the people of northeast Indiana and our country.”
“In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain,” Souder said. “I am resigning rather than put my family through that painful, drawn-out process.”
“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.”
Sounder and his wife have three adult children.
He informed Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) of the affair Sunday. Boehner told the Indiana Republican he should resign, according to GOP sources.
And, it gets worse because, a few years ago, Souder made an abstinence video with the woman he had an affair with: