Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Pence Ratted Out Souder To Ethics Committee
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, the number three leader in the House Republican caucus, learned from U.S. Rep. Mark Souder last Thursday that he was having an affair after approaching Souder based on an inquiry made by a member of the news media. According to Pence's account, however, Souder did not inform him until Sunday evening that he was having an affair with a member of his staff. Pence immediately informed the House Ethics Committee of Souder's transgression reports the Washington Post. Pence says he told Souder on Sunday evening that he thought he should resign immediately after learning that he had an affair with a staff member. Souder announced his resignation after Pence notified the House Ethics Committee. There apparently is an effort among some Republicans in the Third District to blame the disclosure to the media on State Senator Marlin Stutzman, who has told reporters he is considering entering the special election race to replace Souder, along with a bevy of other candidates. Other accounts suggest the affair was peddled by the campaign of Bob Thomas during his recent primary bid against Souder.