Pressure mounts for "Kissing Congressman" to resign
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Republicans called on Rep. Vance McAllister to resign his seat Thursday, days after a video showing McAllister kissing a senior aide created controversy for the congressman.
The state party's chairman, Roger F. Villere Jr., called McAllister's actions a "breach of trust." McAllister ran on a platform of Christian values, and is up for re-election in November.
"Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics," Villere said in an emailed statement. "He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress."
McAllister's office said Thursday he had no plans to resign his seat. The married father of five asked for privacy for his family, and apologized after the video was made public.
Pressure for McAllister to step down has mounted since the video was released Monday. House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he'd spoken with McAllister and that the congressman has a decision to make, but didn't go into more details.
McAllister represents the 5th District and replaced Rodney Alexander, who left Washington, D.C. to work for Governor Bobby Jindal's administration. He was also endorsed by the stars of the reality TV show 'Duck Dynasty.'
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