McAllister kisses off re-election bid
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana GOP Rep. Vance McAllister, caught on camera kissing a married female aide, said Monday he’s failed his family, let down his district and doesn’t intend to run for re-election this fall.
In a statement, McAllister apologized for conduct he called a “personal failure,” and said he spent the Easter congressional recess reconciling with his family.
“I’ve failed those I care most about and let down the people who elected me to represent them,” the freshman lawmaker said.
Though he won’t be on the November ballot, McAllister said he’ll serve out the remainder of his term, and he returned to Washington on Monday to resume work. The married father of five children has been in office fewer than six months.
“The people of the 5th District of Louisiana need and deserve a voice in Washington. 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,” he said.
Top Republicans in the state, who had called the 40-year-old McAllister’s behavior embarrassing and hypocritical, welcomed the news.
"While we still believe the best course of action would have been for Congressman McAllister to resign so he can focus on his family, we are pleased Congressman McAllister and constituents in the district can begin the process of putting this unfortunate situation behind them," GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement.