GOP Rep. Resigns Over Affair

Joining a long list of politicians brought down by extramarital affairs, Rep. Mark Souder, an eight-term Republican from Indiana, is resigning after having an affair with a female staffer. "I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," the father of three said in a statement Tuesday. "In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain—I am resigning rather than put my family through that painful, drawn-out process." The congressman had been in office since 1994, when he campaigned on family values during the “Republican revolution”; he won his district’s primary just two weeks ago.