The Rambling Word Salad That Is Mark Souder’s Resignation Statement

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Tangled up in extramarital affairs, politicians tend to be contrite, remorseful, apologetic — any number of things designed to make them appear humble in the face of the intense public scrutiny that inevitably follows. (“If there was ever anything I could take back in my life, this would be it,” Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) said last year after finding himself in a similar pickle.)

So it was odd to see the statement this morning from Rep. Mark Souder, the “family-values” Republican from Indiana found today to be not as committed to his family as he’d have us believe.

It’s not that he doesn’t start well:

It has been a privilege to be a part of the battle for freedom and the values we share.

But then he immediately moves on to imply that the strains of the job — and the sacrifices he’s made for his constituents — led him astray.

It has been all consuming for me to do this job well, especially in a district with costly, competitive elections every two years.

I do not have any sort of “normal” life — for family, for friends, for church, for community.

That’s followed by a brief shift back to humble-servant mode:

To serve has been a blessing and a responsibility given from God.

I wish I could have been a better example.

I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff.

But then he’s back to blaming external factors for the position he’s put himself in:

In the 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.

Diane and my family were more than willing to stand here with me.

Finally, he accepts responsibility:

But the error is mine and I should bear the responsibility …

I am so ashamed to have hurt those I love.

But that’s followed by the claim that his resignation is a heroic gesture designed to salvage the policies he advocated in Congress.

By stepping aside, my mistake cannot be used as a political football in a partisan attempt to undermine the cause for which I have labored all my adult life.

If there’s a message in all of this contradiction, he doesn’t make it easy to glean.

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Comment posted May 18, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

Souder's statement is actually one of the more coherent statements he's ever made. The man is a tool of local business. He's been propped up in local elections by the national Republicans because he votes a straight ticket.

He's done NOTHING for this area except support projects for the industries here that keep the area down. He's the master of public hearings without any concrete results. Drop the “G” word in a political speech and take the back room deals and you're elected for life in this district. He killed his own family store after graduation and had to run for office. The area has terrible graduation rates, some of the worst unemployment in the nation and horrid statistics on life longevity and health. He's done NOTHING to help anyone but himself.

Watch….he'll be hired by one of the firms he supported, probably insurance or Lutheran, Dupont or Parkview Health. He'll sit at a desk job because he doesn't have the skills to do much more. Fort Wayne (in his district) has approximately 500,000 people and over 300,000 hospital beds and another 60,000 plus beds in the Elkhart area (also in his district). The general Elkhart region has just under 200,000 residents. The hospital total doesn't include any of the zillions of branch hospitals and medical clinics associated with the area hospitals. That's 700,000 people and over nearly 400,000 hospital beds, including all the small venues. You do the math! His goal: Keep us sick and fill those beds. This is the area that forced the local movie theater to cancel the only showing in town of Michael Moore's “Sicko.” That's the kind of power Souder has given to the area health industry. Now that he's no longer on the federal feed bag, my hope is he actually has to pay out of his pocket for local medical care. That would be just irony.

Good riddance to Souder. Now, let's investigate his office deals, forget the nonsense of his personal life.


FW Resident
Comment posted May 18, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

Addendum: The 700,000 figure includes all the folks living in the rural areas surrounding the cites….


Mike_Licht
Comment posted May 18, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

Why does everyone describe the lady, on Souder's staff since 2004, as a “part time staffer?” Does that make the affair “adultery-lite”?


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