Rep Mark Souder resigns from Congress amid torrid affair scandal with staffer Tracy Jackson

Will Representative Mark Souder and his wife Diane get a divorce?

Another politician sins against god and wife. This time, it is republican representative Mark Souder, 59 of Indiana. The politician has issued his apology which, as expected invokes the name of the Lord:

Mr. Souder said in a statement provided by his office that he has “sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff.” WSJ

While failing to give details of the affair, the eight term Indiana Republican Representative, seeks only to make amends to his wife who, at this time, shows no sign of wanting a divorce. Says Souder:

“As I leave public office, my plans are focused upon repairing my marriage, earning back the trust of my family and my community, and renewing my walk with my Lord.”

 Why do these wise guys always invoke the name of the Lord when they do this stuff? And why always after the fact and not during their acts of indiscretion? It is confusing. They are public figures, they see the precedence of so many others, none of whom got away with it, yet they continue to do this stuff, then invoke the name of the Lord. It’s bewildering. Fine, have your torrid affair, but why be in public office and risk an Ethics investigation while you’re behavior is so “unethical”? Why be a hypocrite like that? It’s one thing to cheat, but when you are running on a conservative platform that is all about family values, and you are preaching to others, one does expect a little bit more. It almost seems as if this wise guy is trying to blame Washington for his sins.

I wish I could have been a better example,” he was to say. “In this poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain. I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process. … We are a committed family.

but the error is mine and I should bear the responsibility. Not only am I thankful for a loving family but for a loving God.”

Right. Really committed. We can see it. We can all see it, Mr. Souder.