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Report: Video shows Republican congressman kissing staffer

In a video obtained by "The Ouachita Citizen," Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is allegedly seen kissing a female member of his district office staff last December. The congressman has since issued an apology saying, "There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness." (The Ouachita Citizen)


This story has been updated.

A local newspaper is reporting that it has obtained video of freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) passionately kissing a member of his staff.

The Ouachita Citizen, based in West Monroe, La., on Monday published surveillance video that it says was from inside McAllister’s district office in Monroe.

The video shows a man, who the newspaper alleges is McAllister but whose face is not clearly identifiable, turning off the lights in a room and then embracing and kissing a woman.

The paper alleges that the woman depicted is a member of his staff.

McAllister, who is married and whose campaign message emphasized his conservative Christian faith, is allegedly shown in a romantic encounter that occurred in December.

The freshman congressman, who has gone to great lengths to solidify his social conservative credentials, is perhaps best known for inviting a member of the politically-controversial television show "Duck Dynasty" as his guest to the State Of the Union address.

Late Monday afternoon, McAllister released this statement:

"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.

Trust is something I know has to be earned whether your a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed.

From day one, I've always tried to be an honest man. 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.

While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this."

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Wesley Lowery is a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post. He previously covered Congress and national politics.



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