Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who was caught kissing a married staffer in December, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in November but will finish his term, which ends in January.
“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election, but I will continue to be that voice and will uphold the office to which I was elected to serve for the remainder of my term,” said McAllister in a statement. McAllister said the people of the Fifth District of Louisiana needed a voice in Washington.
The congressman also admitted his ‘mistake’ and apologized to the public and his family for letting them down.
I take full responsibility for this personal failure and I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done. I have taken this time to reconcile with my wife and kids and I’m forever grateful for their support and forgiveness,” his statement said.
The kissing scandal and calls for McAllister’s resignations followed the April 7 publication in a newspaper of a surveillance video of him kissing former staffer Melissa Peacock inside an office. The video became viral online straining the father-of-five’s marital life as well as Peacock’s, whose husband blamed the congressman on CNN for wrecking his life.
Both Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere had called on McAllister to step down after the video’s release.
McAllister was elected in a special election last fall triggered by the resignation of former Rep. Rodney Alexander. Alexander took a job in Jindal’s administration.
For now, former Grant Parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley is the earliest to declare his candidacy for the seat McAllister will vacate.