Kissing Congressman video shocking voters
MONROE - Newly-elected Congressman Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness Monday, after a video purportedly showing him kissing a woman who wasn't his wife surfaced on the Internet.
McAllister's staff did not answer phone calls, but released a statement hours after the video was posted.
"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve," McAllister said through an email sent by a staffer.
When showed the video, constituents in St. Francisville, which is part of McAllister's district, were shocked.
"Adultery is bad enough, but when you have a public figure like that getting caught, what does it say about people that represent us," Rachael Shirley asked.
"That's definitely not right," said Tara Morris.
The video was posted on YouTube under a headline that called the footage an "extramarital encounter."
The Ouachita Citizen, a Ouachita Parish newspaper, reported the video was recorded two days before Christmas at his district office on Stubbs Avenue in Monroe. The woman, identified as Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, 33, is a staff member.
McAllister represents the 5th District and replaced Rodney Alexander, who left Washington, D.C. to work for Governor Bobby Jindal's administration.
McAllister campaigned as a Christian values candidate. He and his wife have been married for 16 years, the website said.
"I ran for congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don't want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done," McAllister said in the statement.
"While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this."
Political experts say this potential scandal is different from others and with evidence like this, it could be detrimental to his career.
"If he doesn't resign, this thing is going to last for a long time," said Political Analyst Bob Mann. "He's running for re-election now, it's hard to imagine that this didn't guarantee him some opposition. If he doesn't resign, it's a good chance that he won't be re-elected."
McAllister was endorsed by the stars of the reality TV show 'Duck Dynasty.'
McAllister is seeking re-election in November.
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