May 20th, 2010
11:53 AM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party backed candidate launches bid for open House seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Just two weeks after finishing a surprising second in Indiana's Republican Senate primary, state senator Marlin Stutzman is making another bid for office."](CNN) - Just two weeks after finishing a surprising second in Indiana's Republican Senate primary, state senator Marlin Stutzman is making another bid for office.

Stutzman announced Thursday that he would seek the House seat of fellow Republican Mark Souder, who is resigning following his admission of an extramarital affair.

"We must have strong, principled, accountable leadership in Washington that will stand strong for Hoosier values and represent 'We the People,"' said Stutzman, in formally announcing his candidacy.

Souder 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.

Souder, a social conservative, was first elected to Congress in 1994 and represents Indiana's third Congressional district, located in the northeast region of the state.

Stutzman is a farm owner in the district. He won the backing of many Tea Party activists and of conservative Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina in his bid for the GOP Senate nomination. He lost to former Sen. Dan Coats but came out ahead of former Rep. John Hostettler, who was much better known across Indiana.

Other GOP candidates may jump into the contest for the open seat. Party caucuses of committee members will choose the nominees in the race. No date has been scheduled for the special election.

Former Fort Wayne city councilman Tom Hayhurst is the Democratic nominee for November's general election. He could become his party's pick for the special election.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Mike

    I see the poor pathetic limp wristed, panty wearing and bed wetting liberal crowd is up and at their computers that mommy bought and still using her computer in her basement. Stand by wittle boys, the time for throwing liberals out of DC is just 06 months away for the first kick in the pants and in 2012 the second kick in the pants will happen.

    May 20, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Hugo

    Liberal Perspective Synopsis:

    Republican or Conservative has an extramarital affair with the opposite sex and look at the left comments, yet their ideological platform of sexuality is with anyone or anything, gender is of no concern.


    A uber-liberal Democratic President and an uber-liberal Democratic led Congress continue to RAPE the American taxpayer cauffers, give Wall Street trillions of our tax dollars with no strings, allow Big Oil to destroy our Gulf fisheries now on a daily basis, refuse to enforce our immigration laws and yet they say nothing....

    Change IS coming....

    May 20, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Get A Grip

    Best of luck to you Mr. Stutzmann.

    May 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Another Libertarian

    I guess no progressive libtard would ever question ethics on the left. Blumenthal, a shining example of how we can trust a liberal. He mis-spoke about being in Vietnam? Ha ha, I guess liberals never LIE. And lets not forget how smart they're supposed to be. I guess geniuses like Holder and Napolitano are so brilliant, they can provide expert opinions on laws THEY DON'T EVEN READ.

    As for family values? Well, we had a fun time with Clinton now didn't we? I look forward to November when all hypocrites on both sides of the aisle can be kicked out of office.

    Put your idealogies aside and start focusing on what is best for the country and not your own personal interests.

    May 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. martraco

    OK, Marlin, ya got it all wrong. Finishing second means you didn't win. So you don't even have an office to resign from, which puts you behind the Curvy Village Idiot.

    May 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |

    Go get it. We are for you making it. All Tea Party people want to clean house and we will eventually overcome.

    May 20, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Ben

    Go, Marlin! Stick to your principles and you'll do just fine!

    May 20, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Hey Dano@ and all other libertards, did you notice Souder resigned immediately, and that Blumenthal hasn't. Rangel hasn't, Dodd hasn't. Roberts didn't. Key difference between liberals and conservatives is conservatives will resign when they are caught dirty, liberals blame someone else.

    May 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. katiec

    Wow, just what we need. Another tea party candidate.
    Paul is a great example of the mentallity, racial, discriminating beliefs of these midsguided people.
    It is time for true, concerned Americans to speak up.

    May 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Ben

    GI Joe – "Who died and left Demented in charge of the entire country?"

    Idiots like you did when you elected the Idiot in Chief.

    May 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Independent One

    People we need a third party but the Tea Party AINT IT...We don't extremism in which we already have....We need people who will work together for the good of the country

    May 20, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Ben

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – "These conservative, "family values" republicans are making a mockery of themselves everyday. The democrats don't have to do anything. The republican party is dying"

    The only people making a mockery of themselves are the idiots you voted into the White House. The Repubs aren't dying. You'll see that painful reality come November.

    May 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. christi

    Another whackjob tea partier? I wonder how he feels about the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act? God help us all.

    May 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. slipthalo

    His campaign motto should be 'Have Platform, Will Travel' since it seems he'll just move from race to race until he tires us out and perhaps gets voted in because we're tired of seeing his face?

    May 20, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Wisconsinite

    I think that instead of a "purity test" the Repubes ought to make them all take a sanity test! Most of them would fail!

    May 20, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Micheal

    Wow some of you posters are blind to your own parties doings. Yes there are many republicans that have affairs, but there are also many Democrats that have affairs also, and do other illegal things (not paying taxes is a big one)

    May 20, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. notfooledbydistractions

    "We must have strong, principled, accountable leadership in Washington that will stand strong for Hoosier values and represent 'We the People,"'

    You mean strong, principled Hoosier values like your predessor? Yeah, you can keep your republican family values – out here in "real America" we have a different definition of the terms.

    The gop track record isn't so sound – pontificating on family values and abstinence must exposes the slithering hypocrits.

    May 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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