Embattled Rep. Vance McAllister’s predecessor open to comeback bid

The Republican who embattled Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) succeeded in Congress is leaving the door open to running for his old job.

"I would never say anything is off of the table," state Veterans Affairs Secretary Rodney Alexander told the Monroe News-Star newspaper Thursday. "If I felt like the people of Louisiana and the 5th District wanted me for a particular purpose or office, I am willing to serve them."

Alexander resigned from Congress last year to head the Veterans Affairs department in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). McAllister won a special election for his seat and has recently come under heavy scrutiny following the release of a video showing him kissing a staffer.

There have been calls for McAllister to step down, but no signs that he is planning to do so. The chairman of the state GOP reportedly tried to reach him to encourage him to resign. A Democrat who lost to McAllister last year also said he should leave office.

Alexander declined to say what he thinks McAllister should do.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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