Rep. Mark Souder hasn’t even tendered his resignation yet after having an affair with a staffer and Republicans are already lining up to replace him. One of them, a favorite of the Tea Party, announced his intentions to run on Thursday in Goshen, Indiana. Marlin Stutzman is a first term Indiana State Senator from Howe. He ran in the Indiana Senate primary race for the Republican Party to replace outgoing Democratic Senator Evan Bayh. Stutzman placed second to former Senator Dan Coats, losing by less than 10 percent.
A special election in the 3rd District to complete Souder’s term through this year hasn’t yet been set by Governor Daniels. Republican and Democratic committeemen will pick the special election nominees through caucuses. Democrats are expected to pick their nominee for the fall’s general election, Tom Hayhurst, to run in the special election. Hayhurst gave Souder a run for his money in 2006, coming within ten points of victory, one of the closest elections that Souder ever faced in this heavily Republican district.