Meet the Kissing Congressman or, as he was known until this past week, Republican Rep. Vance McAllister (La.).
McAllister was caught — on a security camera in his Monroe district office! — making out (is that what the kids still call it?) with a woman who was not his wife/the mother of his five children. The woman in question was a staffer — with the emphasis on was, because once the footage of her and the congressman canoodling went public, she disappeared from the payroll.
McAllister apologized, although he didn’t mention what he was sorry for. “There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he said. “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”
McAllister also made clear that he had no plans to resign the seat he won in a special election last November. He even floated the idea of asking the FBI to look into how the security camera footage was leaked to the news media but later dropped the plan.
Meanwhile, Republican House leaders told McAllister that he needed to do some hard thinking about his future. The chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party condemned his “extreme hypocrisy” — McAllister ran as a family-values conservative — and called on him to resign, as did Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Potential primary challengers began lining up.
Vance McAllister, for k-i-s-s-i-n-g your reputation goodbye, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
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