Republican Congressman Vance "I'm not a politician" and "the values I live by are faith, family and country" McAllister of Louisiana's 5th District has been caught on video kissing an aide who is definitely not his wife.
The unintentionally hilarious footage comes via a security camera in McAllister's congressional office (it looks like someone holding a camera phone up to a security monitor) was snagged by the Ouachita Citizen. They've IDed the woman McAllister is swappin' spit with as Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, his district scheduler. The footage dates from a few days before Christmas. According to the Ouachita Citizen, the McAllisters are friends with Peacock and her husband.
In the fall, McAllister campaigned on a strong family values platform, emphasizing his devotion to his Baptist faith; on his website, he calls himself a "family man." A veteran who made his money from oil, gas and pipeline businesses, plus some Subway franchises, McAllister and his wife Kelly have five children and have been married for 15 years. While running for election in the fall, he was notably backed by the Duck Dynasty family the Robertsons, who live in his district. Sons Willie and Jep Robertson recorded campaign videos for McAllister (Willie calls him his "good buddy") and father Phil – I'm sorry Commander Phil – campaigned for him as well. McAllister also brought Willie to the State of the Union in January.
According to his website, McAllisters top concerns are supporting "legislation and programs aimed at expanding American oil and gas production, protecting the rights of the unborn, and defending the liberties granted under the Second Amendment." On weekends, he likes to have breakfast with his family before heading to church.
In a statement, McAllister said:
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 you're 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 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."
Screenshots via the Ouachita Citizen and Vance McAllister/YouTube