Much has been written over the past few days about Mark Souder’s resignation.  His fall from grace probably wouldn’t have been so anguishing had he not spent his political career condemning others for any number of failings that he believed were in his purview to control through his role as a representative.

Souder took the podium, eyes red from “crocodile tears”, to chastise the “poisonous Washington environment” for leading to his downfall and to bemoan the fact that he had no “normal” life with his family, his church, his friends, or his community.  Perhaps if he had adhered to his six-term pledge given so freely in the 1994 Contract with America,  he wouldn’t have found himself staring out at the glare of cameras and the anticipation-laden faces of  reporters sent to cover one of the major stories of the Third District .

But what is so ironic about his actions is that, in resigning, the champion of conservative values not only failed in his social relationships but also failed in his obligations to the citizen taxpayers of the Third District by leaving them holding the bag for at least half a million dollars of expense to hold a special election.  Budgets are already strained, and imposing an additional burden certainly will not help the Third District, which Souder claims he loves so much.

Souder’s short exercise in oral self-flagellation was nothing more than an exercise in shifting blame to others – something that he has become quite adept at doing as he has slowly morphed into a Washington insider.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Arthur Lewis says:

    I was struck by a couple of things in Souder’s apology. He seemed to contradict himself, claiming to take responsibility while at the same time, as you say, citing “the poisonous Washington environment”. And then, while it was good that he didn’t drag his family up there with him, he made a point of saying what a good guy he was for not doing so. At any rate, I’d rather have seen him go because of his politics, but it’s a good riddance either way.

  2. Souder has always found a way to blame others. He talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. I find the entire fiasco beyond hypocritical – he was so willing to condemn others and try to impose his own moral beliefs through legislation that to now fall the way he has is just simply amazing.

  3. j. schumaker says:

    i have always been a supporter of mark souder, but one thing is apparent, he is most sorry for getting caught. i will say this for him, he did resign. not like charles rangle and the crook from new orleans that had the cold cash in his freezer.

  4. iceironman says:

    What a scumbag, If you will cheat on your wife, you will cheat on your country, ask Billy Clinton. Glad hes gone, America deserves the best, not the trash that is in Washington now.

    • Arthur Lewis says:

      That’s an absolutely incorrect proposition. Cheating on one’s spouse does not mean that one will cheat one’s country. Indeed, as much as I dislike Souder’s politics, I don’t think that he was ever corrupt in his dealings as our representative. And many of our best leaders have been people I wouldn’t want married to a brother or sister of mine.

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