An eight-term, anti-gay "family values" Republican congressman—who once compared gays to alcoholics—has been forced to resign after his affair with a female staffer. Indiana's Rep. Mark Souder even recorded a video promoting ABSTINENCE with the aide.
"'It is with great regret I announce that I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as resigning as the Republican nominee for Congress in this fall's election,' Souder said in a statement. The resignation will be effective Friday. 'I sinned against God, my wife and family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff,' he added. The staffer with whom Souder had the affair, Fox News reported, was Tracy Jackson, a part-time communications aide in his district office. Jackson, according to Fox, is in her mid-40s and is married, and reportedly earner $12,541 last year for her work for Souder."
Souder's record serves up a gourmet meal of schadenfreude...
In January: The anti-gay lawmaker was one of 39 Republican congressmen and senators that filed amicus briefs seeking a ballot initiative in Washington D.C. to "protect traditional marriage." In 2007: Souder suggested former Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), who was embroiled in a sex scandal, should resign from the Senate.
Souder's website: "I believe that Congress must fight to uphold the traditional values that undergird the strength of our nation. The family plays a fundamental role in our society. Studies consistently demonstrate that it is best for a child to have a mother and father, and I am committed to preserving traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman."
Souder's anti-gay voting record: NO on hate crimes (2009), NO on ENDA (2007), YES on constitutional ban on gay marriage (2006), YES on gay adoption ban (1999).
Souder and his office mistress Trachy Jackson recorded a video praising ABSTINENCE. Watch the video and read Souder's resignation statement WHEN YOU JUMP...
UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube.