Scandal

Smooching Congressman Says He Won't Resign, Candidly Texts Strangers

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US Govt

On Monday a leaked surveillance video of Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) showed the married congressman kissing one of his staffers, Melissa Peackock (who happened to be the wife of one of his donors and friends, Heath Peacock). McAllister, apparently, isn't keen on living the Christian principles around which he centered his campaigned. He's also surprisingly candid when strangers text him.

CNN talked to the cuckolded Peacock who said, "It was just a kiss, that was all it was, but it embarrassed me and my family." An embarrassment enough that the couple is "headed for divorce." He also provided some personal insight on McAllister. He claims that the congressman "broke out the religious card and he's about the most non-religious person I know…. I know his beliefs. When he ran one of his commercials, he said 'I need your prayers,' and I asked, 'When did you get religious?' He said, 'When I needed votes.'"

Gawker

McAllister has asked for the prayerful forgiveness of his constituents but hasn't apologized to Heath for macking on Melissa. If he hadn't caused the couple enough trouble yet, Melissa is now out of a job. The lawmaker's office says she "voluntarily left congressman's employ," though sources like Talking Points Memo are saying she was fired

The scandal isn't getting McAllister down, though. "Unless there is an outcry for me not to serve," he promised the citizens of Louisiana that he will "continue to represent the people."

Instead, McAllister is going to focus on finding the person who released the tape, which came from his own office's security system. To accomplish this, he sent a request to Congress for an FBI investigation.

His degree of self-awareness seems ever lower in light of another development. An anonymous individual "claiming that he'd found McAllister's cell phone number online, and started texting with him" had a pretty open conversation about the incident until McAllister realized he had no idea who he was talking to, according to Gawker. The site contacted McAllister's office which neither confirmed nor denied that the conversation.

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  1. Is he going to switch parties?

    1. Pelosi would boot him (see Weiner).

      1. Is that “I” see Weiner?

  2. No one ever accused Congresscritters of having too much modesty and humility.

    1. I think this skit sums up most politicians nicely.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ5cGYBV2TQ

  3. Jesus. This makes me feel bad for Louisiana. I was going to oppose Edwin Edwards run for Congress, as I think anyone who has been caught AND convicted is too stupid to serve. But this guy… Can’t anybody play this goddamn game?

  4. The important question is, has he ever donated to any anti-gay groups?

  5. No one loves laughing at these assholes more than me. And I totally get this as pure ridicule. Really though, why should he resign? Bill Clinton didn’t resign. No one thinks John Kennedy should have resigned.

    He is banging some friend’s wife behind his wife’s back. While that certainly takes him out of the running for husband of the year, I am not sure why even his constituents or really anyone other than his wife and the other woman’s husband should really care.

    I am sure there are a thousand good reasons why this guy is a shitty Congressman. I don’t see how being a bad husband and a bit rat friend is one of them. If this guy is the one in 30 Congressman who isn’t a worthless crap weasel bent on looting the country, I would still vote for him I don’t care how lousy of a husband he is. Since when is being a good husband a requirement for public office? If Harry Reid is a great and loyal husband, would you dislike him any less?

    1. Hey, they were both new to DC, lonely and missing the Great State of Louisiana. Besides, it was just a kiss! And then then knew better! Seriously, I should text this guy and offer to take over as his press secretary.

      1. Getting laid being an incentive for getting into politics could not possibly attract a worse group of people than we have now. Maybe having affairs should be a requirement for holding office.

        1. If France is any example, I would beg to differ with you.

        2. Yeah, I’m more laughing at the refreshingly yokel pace of this “scandal”.

    2. Hey, they were both new to DC, lonely and missing the Great State of Louisiana. Besides, it was just a kiss! And then then knew better! Seriously, I should text this guy and offer to take over as his press secretary.

    3. why should he resign? Bill Clinton didn’t resign. No one thinks John Kennedy should have resigned.

      Like I said, is he going to switch parties?

      1. Pelosi would boot him like she did Weiner and “tickle-fight” Massa.

        He is secure in the Toe-Tapper Party.

        1. That sounds an awful lot like you’re trying to shame the gay toe-tappers of America.

          Let me guess, you donated to anti-gay marriage campaigns too, didn’t you? You hatemonger.

    4. Call me old school, but I’m not voting for anyone caught doing anything questionable or dishonest. Fuck that.

      1. BUT BUT BUT NEWZLETARZZZZZ!1!!1!!1!!

      2. So what you are saying is that you don’t vote?

        1. “Caught” being the key word. I assume most of them are dishonest and corrupt to some degree.

          1. I am considering voting only for candidates caught lying or being otherwise underhanded. Why vote for someone who.is good.enough at.it.to.not get caught?

    5. If you make how righteous and moral you are a part of why people should vote for you, I don’t see why being a complete hypocrite in that regard can’t be a reason to not vote for you.

      1. If you make how righteous and moral you are ending racism a part of why people should vote for you, I don’t see why being a complete hypocrite in that regard can’t be a reason to not vote for you.

        1. Sure

  6. Now I’m sad. This guy has managed to make several millions of dollars. Don’t ever let anyone tell you brains is more important than working hard.

  7. A Republican having an affair with a woman is a refreshing change of pace.

  8. When he ran one of his commercials, he said ‘I need your prayers,’ and I asked, ‘When did you get religious?’ He said, ‘When I needed votes.'”

    Sounds like a very articulate and bright and clean statement. He is also a nice-looking guy.

    1. He is honest. That is more than I can say for the rest of them.

      1. He wasn’t honest to the voters.

  9. I would say it’s up to the constituents to make the final decision on what they think of the cheating. If they’re cool with it, all right. This is an election year, let him go before the people and see what they decide.

    1. He could always say, “why focus on my personal life when I’ve done so much good for the district and the nation?”

      You know, he’s like Solon or Hammurabi, one of the great lawgivers. Shouldn’t the country be entitled to the services of such an excellent legislator?

      1. I mean, I’m assuming he has some great accomplishments to balance against his personal misbehavior? He’s not simply one of a crew of interchangeable politicians who won’t be missed if he leaves?

        1. He is a first term House boy. He has never cast an important vote.

    2. I agree GKC.

      Is this in his favor? No. Wouldn’t vote for him? Maybe. Depends on how much I liked him otherwise. I am not going to be upset no matter the voters decide to do. He is their Congress Creature. They can keep him if they want him.

  10. He’s like Rob Blagojevich, Anthony Weiner, and Peter Russo combined. That’s a rare combination of awesome and disturbing.

  11. As a practical matter, the better job a public servant does, the more dumb crap the voters will put up with. But if the person’s *only* claim to fame is the scandal, voters will be like, “is keeping this guy worth the embarrassment?”

  12. He looks like a wide-faced Michael Keeton.

  13. The lawmaker’s office says she “voluntarily left congressman’s employ,” though sources like Talking Points Memo are saying she was fired.

    McAllister apparently REALLY wants to be sued for sexual harrassment.

    1. He didn’t fire her for refusing sexual favors, so he’s safe.

      1. No, but firing her immediately after continuing them became impossible makes the fact her employment was conditional on a quid pro quo pretty explicit.

  14. He kind of reminds me of Councilman Dexhart from Parks & Recreation:

    “And to my wife, I apologize. All I can say is, I wasn’t just having sex. I was making love? to a beautiful woman. And her boyfriend. And a third person whose name I never learned. Furthermore, it was wrong of me to say I was building houses for the underprivileged when I was actually having four-way sex in a cave in Brazil.”

    In his defense, it was his birthday and he really wanted to do it.

    1. I hear cave sex is un-real. Because of the echos and the humidity.

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