May 28th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Souder, Massa seats to remain empty until November

The congressional seats vacated by Reps. Mark Souder (left) and Eric Massa (right) will remain empty until the November general election.
The congressional seats vacated by Reps. Mark Souder (left) and Eric Massa (right) will remain empty until the November general election.

(CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Friday that the special election to replace former GOP Rep. Mark Souder would be held November 2, the same day as the general election.

"The grounds for this decision are: the cost to taxpayers, the convenience of the voting public, and the involvement of the largest possible number of citizens in the selection of a new Congressman," said Daniels in a statement. "It seems to me that these interests outweigh any gains from having a member of Congress present for what would amount to no more than 20 voting days."

Earlier this month, New York Gov. David Paterson also set the November general election as the date for a special election to replace former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa.

Souder, a Republican, resigned from the House last month after admitting an extra-marital affair with a member of his staff. Massa, a Democrat, resigned in March amid sexual harassment allegations from members of his staff.

A third vacant House seat in Georgia's 9th congressional district will be filled in a special run-off election on June 8. Republican Nathan Deal resigned from that seat in March to concentrate on his gubernatorial campaign.

Daniels' decision increases the number of open House seats, races in which no incumbent will be running in the general election, to 39. Of those, Democrats will be defending 19 seats, while Republicans will be defending 20.


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May 18th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
4 years ago

Indiana congressman resigns after admitting to affair

Souder is stepping down from Congress.
Souder is stepping down from Congress.

(CNN) –Rep. Mark Souder, R-Indiana, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, after acknowledging that he “sinned against God” by engaging in a relationship with a member of his staff.

The 59-year-old married father of three, who just won a competitive primary, said he will leave office at the end of the week.

"I believe it is the best decision for my family, the people of northeast Indiana, and our country,” an emotional Souder said at a news conference in his district. “I will submit my resignation to Speaker Pelosi effective this Friday.”

Souder, politically a social conservative, made the stunning revelation that he had an inappropriate relationship outside of his marriage but offered no more details.

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