The head of Louisiana's Republican Party is calling on “kissing congressman” Vance McAllister to resign.
Roger F. Villere, Jr., chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana, released a statement Thursday asking the GOP lawmaker to resign his congressional seat, citing “extreme hypocrisy.”
McAllister, who is married and won his seat after advocating Christian values in his campaign, was caught on a hallway camera video this week kissing a female employee, who is also married.
McAllister, 40, said he will not resign and plans to run for re-election in Louisiana’s 5th District.
Here is Villere's statement:
"The Republican Party of Louisiana calls on Vance McAllister to resign his seat in Congress. Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation. He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress. A video showing him engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, on public time, in a public office, with one of his employees, was the focus of the national press for days. I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside. We are praying for Mr. McAllister and the families that are involved. I attempted to resolve this matter privately and directly with Mr. McAllister, but his chief of staff chose to make this information public. Therefore, I have chosen to release this statement today."