It is with great regret I announce that I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as resigning as the Republican nominee for Congress in this fall’s election.
I believe it is the best decision for my family, the people of northeast Indiana, and our country.
I will submit my resignation to Speaker Pelosi effective this Friday.
I can never fully thank all those who have worked so hard, given so much and supported me through eight contested primaries and eight general elections.
Only when you have been the recipient can you really feel the humbling power of such generosity. It has been a privilege to be a part of the battle for freedom and the values we share. It has been a great honor to fight for the needs, the jobs, and the future of this region where my family has lived for over 160 years.
It has been all consuming for me to do this job well, especially in a district with costly, competitive elections every two years
I do not have any sort of “normal” life – for family, for friends, for church, for community. To serve has been a blessing and a responsibility given from God. I wish I could have been a better example.
I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff. In the poisonous environment of Washington D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain.
I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process.
Diane and my family were more than willing to stand here with me.
We are a committed family. But the error is mine and I should bear the responsibility.
Not only am I thankful for a loving family but for a loving God.
My comfort is that God is a gracious and forgiving God to those who sincerely seek his forgiveness as I do. But I am so ashamed to have hurt those I love. I am so sorry to have let so many friends down, people who have fought so hard for me.
The ideas we advocate are still just and right. America will survive and thrive when anchored in those values. Human beings, like me, will fail, but our cause is greater than individuals.
It is based upon eternal truths. By stepping aside, my mistake cannot be used as a political football in a partisan attempt to undermine the cause for which I have labored all my adult life.
I love this area. This is my home. It has been such an honor to serve you. For 16 years, my family and I have given our all for this area. The toll has been high.
As I leave public office, my plans are focused upon repairing my marriage, earning back the trust of my family and my community, and renewing my walk with my lord.
I humbly ask you, for the sake of my family, that you respect our privacy in this difficult time.
I have no further comments.
He may not have any damn comments but I sure do.
"I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff. In the poisonous environment of Washington D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain."
I could care less about your so called sins but I do care that you're a lying hypocritical piece of crap and have been for quite a few years. You are the poison of DC, particularly as one who twists for political gain the reality of your life and that of others into complete lies. DC didn't do squat to you to get you to be the kind of better than thou snake who can do as he pleases while lecturing the rubes. To use one of your allegories, Satan doesn't live in DC, he lives in you.
"The ideas we advocate are still just and right. America will survive and thrive when anchored in those values. Human beings, like me, will fail, but our cause is greater than individuals."
No, butthead your ideas aren't just and right and you demonstrated just what they're all about - pointless sanctimony based on your idea of a religious book that you'd legislate on others than yourself. That Revolution had a whole bunch to do with the Established Religion of England as it did a lot of other issues and it was a greater idea than yours. The First Amendment says you can practice and espouse your religion and the rest of us don't have to have squat to do with it.
I don't care whether your Party disowns you or licks your backside or your wife kicks the ever loving snot out of you but a whole bunch of us have been given the right by you to point and laugh. Point and laugh at you personally and at your idea that you and your ilk are somehow qualified to legislate the morality of the rest of us. You are the best exemplar of your stands.