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ST. FRANCISVILLE - Voters in the 5th Congressional District reacted with mixed opinions to a campaign ad featuring Congressman Vance McAllister and his wife, Kelly.

The ad shows Kelly McAllister standing by her man, asking for voters to leave the kissing scandal behind.

"I'm blessed to have a husband that owns up to his mistakes," Kelly McAllister says as she sits next to her husband in the ad. McAllister was caught on camera kissing a woman who was not his wife earlier in the year and not long after becoming the representative for the 5th district in a special election.

The campaign ad is titled "blessed."

"I don't know if it changes the other issues that were identified back a couple of months ago," voter Daniel Heath, a republican, said.

"It looks like a game and I don't think anybody would be stupid enough to fall for this," Ann Slater, also a republican added in a separate interview in West Feliciana Parish Monday. Slater voted for McAllister the first time he ran but she refuses to do so again.

McAllister's running to serve in Washington, D.C. full-time. The special election he won was only for a year to fill the remainder of then-Congressman Rodney Alexander's term which had only a year left.

"This is a forgiving state," political analyst Bob Mann said. Mann points to previous political scandals as to why McAllister still has a chance.

"David Vitter was caught with prostitutes and won reelection handily," Mann said.

But, the Senator David Vitter and McAllister scandals have many differences. Especially the time of their occurrence and the election that followed. Vitter had three years to regroup from his controversy. McAllister has had ten months, which means it's fresh on voters' minds.

"The time between the election and the event may have more to do with it then if the wife forgives him or not," Mann said.


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