I sent the following letter to Indiana 3rd District Representative Mark Souder today. I am all for elected officials keeping the promises they make. I totally understand that certain circumstances sometimes prohibit people from keeping every promise, but this one is completely within the control of the guarantor.
Greetings Congressman Souder!
I should first start by saying THANK YOU for your dedicated service to our country over the course of your tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. I supported you with my vote on several occasions and backed your decisions regularly in conversation and debate. I was raised Republican, and still hold many GOP values as my own, but I do vote my mind and not a straight party ticket.
With this in mind, I must now air my objection to you pursuing any more time in the office you now hold. You promised us a maximum of twelve years, and with our support you have achieved exactly that. Might I recommend that you keep your word regarding your self-imposed term limit…if for no other reason than just to show that you are indeed a man of your word. The GOP does NOT need to lend Democrats any campaign assistance by publicly (and ON RECORD) lying during stump speeches.
It would be in the best interest of The Party and your district if you throw your remaining clout behind a new candidate, maybe even offering your services to them as a staff-level consultant to ensure they can pick up where you left off. This would ensure that your vision and work remain fast in your absence. Thank you for your time.