Vance McAllister scandal a reminder that harassment policies vary on Capitol Hill


(Washington Post)

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) hasn’t been seen in Washington this week since news broke that he’d been caught on camera apparently kissing a staffer, a district scheduler, who has since left his office. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) finally heard from McAllister Thursday morning and gave reporters his assessment of McCallister’s situation: “He’s got decisions he’s got to make.”

Neither McAllister nor the aide has spoken publicly about the specifics of the incident or their relationship and there have been no suggestions to date that the incident caught on video amounted to harassment. But his silence has fed assumptions and rumors, and the case of “the kissing congressman” — as McAllister has become known on Capitol Hill and social media — has served as a reminder that even though Congress writes laws that apply across the country, they aren’t always enforced the same way on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner said at a news conference Thursday that Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who was caught on camera kissing a staffer, has "decisions he's got to make." (The Associated Press)
Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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