Congressman caught kissing staffer won't seek re-election

WASHINGTON Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:24pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Vance McAllister of Louisiana, a married man who was caught on camera earlier this month passionately kissing a staffer, on Monday announced he will not seek re-election to a second term.

"There's no doubt I've made a mistake," McAllister said in a prepared statement, adding, "Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election" in November.

McAllister, 40, is married with five children, and relatively new to Congress, having taken office last November after a special election to fill a vacant seat. He ran a campaign that emphasized conservative Christian values.

McAllister apologized earlier this month after a Louisiana newspaper posted a surveillance video showing him in a passionate embrace with his scheduler, Melissa Peacock, in his Louisiana office. Peacock has resigned.

The congressman, who said he will fill out his term through this year, had earlier rejected a number of calls from fellow Republicans to resign, including Louisiana Governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal.

The staffer in question resigned shortly after the video was released.

(Reporting by Lisa Bose McDermott and Thomas Ferraro; editing by Doina Chiacu and G Crosse)

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Comments (6)
txcwby6990 wrote:
Perhaps Mrs. McAllister can call the family vet and have her husband nuetered. I’m sure that’d be covered by the Congressional health insurance plan. Perhaps all of the spouses could get together and have all of the elected swine nuetered? I’d pitch in for a Nuetering Party!

Apr 28, 2014 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:
Ahhh, republicans in the news…..

Apr 28, 2014 2:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:
So why isn’t Boehner calling on this ‘fine Republican’ to step down?

Apr 28, 2014 4:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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