Staffer caught on camera kissing McAllister was paid to clean campaign office

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Rep. Vance McAllister’s (R-La.) campaign seems to have paid the female staffer he was caught on camera kissing $300 as “reimbursement for headquarter cleaning.”

Melissa Peacock, 33, a staffer in McAllister’s district office, is listed by name on the married congressman’s post-runoff election campaign finance report under itemized disbursements. The payment was made Nov. 8, 2013.

The Ouachita Citizen posted surveillance video footage Monday of McAllister and Peacock passionately making out. The local newspaper says it’s from inside his congressional office in Monroe, La., from late December, and identifies the woman in the grainy image as Peacock.

McAllister released a statement apologizing for his actions, saying, he’s “fallen short” and “I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.” His chief of staff told another local newspaper that Peacock has been taken off the payroll.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.

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