Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cong Souder, (R-IN) Resigning due to an Affair -- Who will Replace him on the general election ballot?

Someone will have to peruse Indiana’s state laws to see if the Republicans can select a replacement candidate for the November ballot
Today as this news broke, we kept seeing the above on websites that someone would have to look up Indiana law to see what needs to be done. Why wasn't it done while writing the article? It took exactly 3 1/2 minutes to search, find the law, and read how Indiana goes about replacing candidates. It is short, to the point, and very easy to understand.

Indiana Code 3-13-1-4: A candidate vacancy for United States Representative shall be filled by a caucus comprised by the precinct committeemen of the political party whose precincts are within the congressional district.
This affair was brought out during the primary but Souder deflected the charges -- now this Representative who touted his 'family values' is resigning due to having the affair. We are hoping that Marlin Stutzman who placed second to Dan Coats in the Senate race will step forward as he lives in this District. We thought when Dan Coats decided to run for Senate that Stuzman should have considered taking on Souder at that time because rumors were rampant about Souder's affair. The old addage where there is smoke there is fire was true.

Now Indiana has a chance to get Marlin Stutzman as their Congressman.

We are getting a little bit sick and tired of hearing candidates say they are the family values candidate when it looks to be just be hollow words. Souder is not the first and won't be the last. Some states have had that problem in their State Legislature.

Candidates need to run on integrity, honesty, and ethics and then they won't have to worry about saying they are the family values candidate because they live it every day.

Just two weeks after he won a hard-fought Republican primary in Indiana to keep his seat, Rep. Mark Souder will resign his office. Fox News reports that an affair with a staffer has become publicly known, and Souder will exit rather than face an Ethics Committee investigation (via Dave Weigel):

Eight-term Rep. Mark Souder will announce his resignation Tuesday after it came to light that he was conducting an affair with a female staffer who worked in his district office, Fox News has learned.

Multiple senior House sources indicated that the extent of the affair would have landed Souder before the House Ethics Committee.

Elected as a family values conservative as part of the Republican revolution in 1994, Souder survived a tough re-election challenge in 2008 and survived a contested primary two weeks ago.

Say, wouldn’t it have been a good idea to make this decision three weeks ago?

Souder’s abrupt exit puts the GOP in a tough position. Someone will have to peruse Indiana’s state laws to see if the Republicans can select a replacement candidate for the November ballot, and what the process might be. Bob Thomas came in second to Souder, about 11,000 votes behind him and 15,000 ahead of Phil Troyer. If the GOP can make a ballot switch, the logical choice would be Thomas, but that’s a big if. They may have to go with a write-in campaign.

Excerpt: Read More at Hot Air

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