by Max Brantley
Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), a champion of abstinence education and family values, will resign after an affair with a female staffer in his district office, he announced today.
The eight-term Indiana congressman is, of course, a vocal proponent of traditional family values. He has been married since 1974 and has three grown children.
"I believe that Congress must fight to uphold the traditional values that undergird the strength of our nation," he says on his official website. "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 adds: "I am committed to fighting the assault on American values."
UPDATE: This is rich. Souder made a video with his mistress promoting sexual abstinence.