'Duck Dynasty'-Backed Politician Caught Kissing Staffer Shouldn't Have to Quit

Vance McAllisterAnother day in politics, another breaking sex scandal. And because this one involves a Republican, the media is all up in arms over hypocrisy and integrity of the office. Add to the mix that Vance McAllister was endorsed by the controversial Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame, well, it has some people wondering if there should be a House Ethics investigation.

The freshman GOP congressman won his House seat in a special election last November, beating out state Sen. Neil Riser, who had the support of popular Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Some sources claim he did so by gaining the support of the Robertsons, some of the country's most outspoken Christians.

It doesn't look good for the married father of five after video emerged Monday of him passionately kissing a married female staffer.

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Whoops. The grainy video footage was originally posted by the Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe on its website. The incident reportedly occurred December 23, 2013 and was recorded by an anonymous source using a hand-held camera pointed at a multi-frame security monitor.

McAllister turns out the lights in an office, then the low-light mode picks up him and a woman making out in the dark before they leave together. The woman has been identified as staffer Melissa Peacock, whose husband apparently went to high school with the cad politician.

Adam Terry, McAllister’s chief of staff, says that she has been taken off the payroll in the last 24 hours, as McAllister has issued a public apology.

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," Representative Vance McAllister said in a statement issued by his office. "I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve ... I would just simply like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done."

McAllister says he plans to run for re-election, “unless there is an outcry for me not to serve, and so far there has been an outpouring of support, not for my actions, but for me to continue to represent the people."

No word on if the Robertsons will decline to endorse him this time around, but I can almost see patriarch Phil Robertson stopping by with a Bible and a heartfelt plea to get right with God. Sin is sin, I can hear him saying.

Should he resign? Only if his constituents call for it, or it can be shown that it has affected his ability to do his job. It sucks, it's inexcusable, but people mess up. If he is truly sorry for what he did and he's trying to make it right with his family, then that's all he can do.

Although he might want to take stock of the rest of his staffers ... that footage was from an internal security cam. Someone on his payroll either leaked it or provided an unauthorized person access to it. It looks like someone on the inside might be out to sabotage him.

Do you think Vance McAllister should resign?

 

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