House majority leader tells Lousiana lawmaker caught kissing aide to resign
WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has told Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister he should resign over a video showing him kissing a married female aide, but the embattled Republican husband and father says he won't give up his seat.
“I'm not going to run away. And I believe that I'm not going to leave my district voiceless again for the second time,” McAllister said on Tuesday after meeting with Cantor, R-Va. A Cantor spokesman said the majority leader told McAllister he should step down.
McAllister had said he would not seek re-election and apologized for conduct he called a “personal failure.”
Cantor spokesman Rory Cooper said the majority leader thinks Republicans should hold themselves to a high moral standard and that McAllister's conduct didn't meet that standard.
Cantor's comments were first reported by Politico.
McAllister was elected to Congress last year after Republican Rodney Alexander resigned to join Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet. Alexander said on Monday he will not seek election to Congress.
Jindal and state GOP Chairman Roger Villere called on McAllister to resign. A newspaper released a grainy security tape that showed McAllister kissing Melissa Peacock, an aide and family friend, in the congressman's district headquarters.
McAllister apologized and Peacock resigned, along with the congressman's district director, who was suspected of releasing the video.
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