Should Members Of Congress Be Held To Higher Moral Standard?

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated May 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Mark Souder's fall from grace raises an interesting question.

Should a representative in Congress be held to a higher standard when it comes to observing good moral behavior?

Souder's resignation related to infidelity comes about five months after we learned the sordid details of golf superstar Tiger Woods, and his many extra-marital affairs.

Woods has returned to competitive golf, but Souder felt pressure to leave Capitol Hill.

In downtown Fort Wayne we found some people who said he should expect intense pressure from an inappropriate relationship, but others argued those at the highest levels of government should be treated no different than corporate executives or car salesmen.

Terrance Graham/Go Easy on Congressmen: " Most people frown on relationships where there is cheating involved. When you're in a higher office, it seems like you get a little more leniency."

Jordan Lebamoff/Give Souder No Breaks: " They promise to watch out for our children, our schools, our family values. They step forward, they put themselves on that pedestal, and said these are the things I believe in, these are the things I stand up for and then they let us down by doing something like this."

It should be noted, Jordan Lebamoff is the son of former Fort Wayne Mayor Ivan Lebamoff, meaning he has a long history of supporting democratic politics.

Most people we talked to conceded that serving in Congress is no picnic, but that Souder and the others in the Senate and House of Representatives knew what they were getting into.



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