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Rep. Vance McAllister Caught Kissing Aide on Video, Apologizes


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A security camera video leaked today shows Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) kissing one of his aides.

The smooching took place at his congressional office a few days before Christmas last year. McAllister had only been in office for a little over a month at the time, having won a special election in mid-November. The Ouachita Citizen, a local newspaper, was the first to report:

The woman who McAllister, 40, was caught kissing for almost half a minute is Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, 33, of 400 Zachary Way, Sterlington. She is McAllister's district scheduler.

Peacock donated $5,200 to McAllister's congressional campaign last fall, according to the Federal Election Commission. According to the FEC, Peacock listed her employment at the time of the donation as a self-employed cosmetologist. She joined McAllister's congressional staff after he took office in November. Photographs posted to Facebook show Peacock was involved in a number of McAllister's campaign events during last fall's congressional race.

Peacock's husband, Heath Peacock, donated the same amount, apparently.

The Ouachita Citizen notes some hypocrisy on the representative's part:

Throughout last fall's congressional campaign, McAllister, a Republican from Swartz, touted his Christian faith and in one television commercial, he asked voters to pray for him. At least two other campaign television commercials featured McAllister walking hand in hand with his wife, Kelly, while their five children walked along. One television commercial captured the McAllister family in the kitchen of their home preparing breakfast before attending church.

McAllister acknowledged the incident and he issued an apology later in the afternoon:

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," McAllister said in a statement. "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 your a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed."

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  1. At least the aide is female.

    1. Peacock’s husband, Heath Peacock, donated the same amount, apparently.

      *** rising intonation ***

      Someone else is gonna get kissed!

    2. And alive.

  2. “The Ouachita Citizen notes some hypocrisy on the representative’s part”

    I would imagine that both liberals and conservatives caught cheating would reveal themselves as hypocrites. What liberal politician would get in front of the cameras and say, “lay off me, you media jackals, I’m a liberal and liberals swing. Get used to it!” I mean, this isn’t France.

    1. Liberals have the whole sexual harassment thing to worry about for purposes of hypocrisy.

  3. This man is clearly working on becoming the next Rep. Peter Russo. It’ll be hookers and blow in no time.

    1. What fucking political idiot kisses strange lips in front of a security camera in 2014?

      1. The sort who will likely remain a fixture of American politics for another couple decades?

        1. Can’t wait to see what sort of jack-booted thuggery this clown will sign off on as a fixture over those decades you mention.

          1. Banality of evil and all that.

      2. They aint called the party of stupid for nothin’.

        I nearly voted for this guy. In my area there isn’t much difference in the candidates as the population is pretty homogenous. It was a toss up between McAllister and Riser.

        I know Holloway personally and he is pretty solid. Initially I supported him but he did not make it to the general election.

  4. Are you shitting me? Kissing anyone for 30 seconds does not constitute cheating. I’ve kissed dozens of men (and women) over the years and never done anything more. And both me and my husband consider me 100% faithful.

    1. Sooooooooooooo — pics?

    2. Bu, what world do you live in? Get real, dear.

      A mere 10 second kiss with even half the interest shown on that vid would warrant moo cows being shot out of human orifices in the vanilla world.

      1. Bu, what world do you live in? Get real, dear.

        I’m with Bu. Back in the old neighborhood they gave us funnier looks over our politics than our extramarital rules. On the farm there’s enough distance people would need a decent telescope to see who comes and goes here.

        1. Oh, I get it. I’m an alt lifestyler- not too much in the world of the extramarital fazes me. I’m not chiding Bu for her worldliness… I am chiding her for her naivety in terms just how goddamn P.C. planet earth has become.

    3. If your husband is ok with it, then it’s not cheating, but if most people are not ok with their SO kissing other people, and violating that trust is cheating for people in such relationships.

      1. Ignore the second “if” in that post.

    4. In 99% of marriages (and committed relationships in general), yes it does.

    5. 30 seconds is a hell of a long time for a chaste kiss, just sayin’.

  5. I’m not sure why I should care about this.

    1. Unless you want in on it!

    2. SoConzzzz! TeathugliKKKans! Repugs! Repukes! TEAHADISTS! What about David Vitter? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSHHHHH!!11!


      Pick one.

  6. What, is he gunning for Vitter’s seat?

  7. Funny how that tape leaked…

    1. Did it dribble on her collar?

  8. Rep. Vance McAllister Caught Kissing Aide on Video, Apologizes

    What, didn’t he do a good job of it? Didn’t she like him? The “R” behind his name means “regretful”?

    Didn’t we learn from The Friends of Bill that this sort of thing is none of our business? Or is that only once she’s substituted for the humidor?

  9. Can we get this guy in touch with Sanford. We are republicans and we have standards in our sex scandals.

  10. Nobody is perfect.

    1. Perfection is contrived nonsense, but relationships are where humans experience their greatest extent of personal control over something other than themselves and as such expectations of reality are always trumped by expectations of perfection.

  11. What the fuck are publishing her address for?

    1. Maybe she paid for an ad?

  12. As Jesus said, “He who had nothing made out with another chick while married shall throw the 1st stone.”

  13. This is Louisiana. Philandering is the least of their politicians’ sins.

    In LA they have a formal rule on what constitutes a scandal that will cost a pol an election. You have to be caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy. As we are now living in the 21st Century 18 and up is OK for “the boy”.

  14. Is this what Top Two primaries get you? I am eagerly awaiting our first kissing scandal involving California congress members and their aides since our statewide adoption of “Top Two.”

    1. “Led by Romney loyalist and pitbull GOP lawyer Ben Ginsberg, the RNC made changes in the rules that would not only insure an orderly convention for the front-runner in 2012 but would make it extremely difficult?if not completely impossible?for an intra-party challenge to be mounted against a President Romney in 2016.

      Apparently, it never occurred to the majority of the Rules Committee that there might not be a President Romney in 2016 to protect.”

      Sweet, sweet schadenfreude

  15. I’m not his wife. I really only care how he votes. And is there anyone on earth who is not a hypocrit. Not defending cheating by any means but that is a personal matter.

    1. Agreed.

      My only criticism is that this shows extremely poor judgement.

      1. Literally in front of a security camera. His lack of intelligence here is telling.

        1. Both good points.

  16. She joined McAllister’s congressional staff…

    Is that what they call it now?

  17. If those kids from Kentucky can learn to shoot free throws there going to be pretty tough to stop next year. Pretty impressive for freshman. Congrats to UConn though. They were the better team.

    1. None of those freshmen will be on the team next year to be better at free throws. Kentucky does this every year. Most of their players are brought in via a system called “one and done”. The NBA now requires the equivalent of one year in college before declaring for the draft, a change since the LeBron days.

      1. I could see Randell going maybe Young but doesn’t appear anyone else would be ready.

  18. Okay, now I’m drinking (and some of you scotch loyalists might crucify me for this, but I care not) a scotch cocktail.
    2oz Glenlivet 12 year
    2 dashes Angostura bitters
    1 tsp sugar
    Ice cubes
    On my third so far; I’m gonna push for a fourth. They go down way too easy.

    1. Try 18 year and two dashes of coke on ice. Sacrilege.

  19. Can we get a ruling on her hotness or lack thereof?

    1. She seems attractive enough. What a name, tho. Reads like a law firm.

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