Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister has taken a staffer off the payroll this week after a video of the two of them kissing surfaced online.
The video was leaked on Monday and shows McAllister hugging his district scheduler, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, as the two of them kiss. Both are married, and although McAllister has apologized publicly to his family, he says he will not resign.
“I have fallen short as a husband and a father, and I feel more ashamed than you can imagine,” said McAllister. “I’ve asked them for forgiveness, and I’m asking forgiveness from my constituents who elected me to serve them.”
McAllister says the transgression was his first outside of his marriage and that he confessed to his wife before the video was leaked online; the surveillance footage is dated from December. He also says he won’t back away from a race in the fall as long as he has supporters.
“If the people are willing to forgive me I’ll keep fighting. If there’s somebody more perfect than me who they support, it’s their will,” he said.
Peacock has not released a statement, but was reportedly taken off McAllister’s payroll in the last 24 hours.
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