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Congressman's kiss on video could be probed by the feds

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Posted: Apr 8, 2014 11:25 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 9, 2014 7:18 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Vance McAllister, Louisiana, Congress, kiss, video, security, scandal, politics, government

MONROE- The Louisiana congressman who was caught kissing a woman other than his wife on his office surveillance cameras plans to ask federal investigators to probe the leak of the recording Wednesday.

Vance McAllister (R-Monroe), through his chief of staff, told KNOE TV, he will discuss a possible investigation with the Justice Department and to the FBI. The request will likely come two days after the video was released, showing McAllister passionately kissing a congressional worker at the Ouachita Parish office.

McAllister represents the 5th District and was just elected late last year to serve the remaining year of Rodney Alexander's term when Alexander left D.C. to work for Governor Bobby Jindal's administration. The district includes parts of the Greater Baton Rouge area.

The woman in the video, identified as Melissa Peacock, quit hours after the video was posted on the Internet. Peacock's husband told CNN he was devastated by the ordeal.

"I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it," Heath Peacock told the network. You can read more of the interview HERE.

Tuesday, after the video was released, McAllister asked for forgiveness and privacy. McAllister ran as a conservative, christian values candidate and was endorsed by the stars of the reality TV show based in Monroe, "Duck Dynasty."

In a separate report, posted on the Monroe-based television station's website, the people who possibly leaked the video are discussed.

McAllister's apology seemed to be enough for members of the GOP, but did not sit well with others. In particular, Rep. Jackie Speier (D- California) who said there is no place for shenanigans in the House.

"This is the House of Representatives of the United States of America. This is not a frat house," she said. She introduced legislation that would require congressional workers, including elected officials, to attend training on sexual harassment every two years.
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