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February 14, 2016

Vance McAllister Kissing Video Could Prompt Flood of GOP Challengers

McAllister invited Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty to be his State of the Union guest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister’s days in Congress could be numbered.

No matter whether the Louisiana Republican resigns after asking for forgiveness for an extramarital affair, Republican operatives said at least four members of his own party could look to challenge McAllister this fall.

In Louisiana, candidates have until Aug. 22 to file the necessary paperwork for a bid, and all candidates who qualify for the ballot run on Election Day in November. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the race kicks to a runoff in December between the two top vote recipients.

McAllisterfirst elected on Nov. 16 in a special election in Louisiana’s 5th District, appears to be seen on video kissing one of his staffers.

“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.”

Candidates listed as potential challengers in the immediate aftermath of the scandal include many of the Republicans who ran in the special election this past fall, including:

  • State Sen. Neil Riser, the Republican who lost to McAllister in the special election runoff. GOP operatives at the time said Riser was the heir apparent to the seat, which came open when former Rep. Rodney Alexander resigned to take a job in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.
  • Former Rep. Clyde Holloway, who served in Louisiana’s then 8th District from 1987 to 1993. Holloway ran in the recent special election and came in fourth behind Riser, McAllister and Democrat Jamie Mayo.
  • State Rep. Jay Morris, a Republican state legislator who ended in sixth place in the special election.

GOP operatives added that Adam Terry, McAllister’s current chief of staff, could also look to run. Terry considered jumping into the special election last year, but decided against a bid.

Republicans say Mayo, too, could run again in November. Mayo, who serves as mayor of Monroe, La., came in third in the special election this fall, behind McAllister and Riser.

While the scandal is still unfolding, GOP operatives said McAllister would likely be vulnerable in November.

Bernie Pinsonat, a longtime Louisiana pollster, said that many Lousiana pols have survived scandal in the past, including Republican Sen. David Vitter, who faced scandal when his phone number was included in the high-profile “D.C. Madam” prostitution scandal in 2007.

But Pinsonat added that the video of McAllister’s affair makes this case different.

“I don’t know of any time that we’ve had a video to accompany it, so even for Louisiana standards this is uncharted waters,” Pinsonat said.


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  • bpai99

    Come on, this is the state that keeps diaper-wearing, prostitute-consorting David Vitter in office. McAllister has nothing to worry about.

  • Borderhawk

    Vance McAllister is a big spending, amnesty supporting RINO.

  • spanielmander

    Might this be a NEW RECORD? “He only made it slightly more than a month into his first term before getting caught on video” Wonkette:

  • Vance Decker

    This is the same dumb state that for voted for the slowest high speed train the world has ever seen.

  • Jack Everett

    More hypocriay from the party of purity. They should stop supporting bedroom cameras and start installing the cameras in their offices.

  • Jack Everett

    A standard Bohener flunky

  • Layla

    Look, this has nothing to do with purity and everything to do with ethics. My personal opinion is that this man should be asked to step down by his constituents. He quite clearly has ethical lapses in judgement.

  • Micca Theobald

    red handed! what a douche! his wife Kelly who I found here is gorgeous, Melissa is not bad herself you can see her here, but come on she is his buddy´s wife, what a terrible mistake

  • Rumionemore

    This is not even a question of morality or forgiveness but about his judgment and a question of the way he spends his time and taxpayers’ money. Same for Clinton, Vitter, Ensign, Edwards and so on. Even military “heroes” like Petraeus and Allen as war commanders, and Petraeus later as CIA chief, having time and our money to entertain their lays. We have every right to question these behaviors and lapses in judgment.

  • View From The Left

    Ha-ha-ha!!! You get what you deserve!

    Let this be a lesson to all Louisiana voters, don’t vote based on the endorsement of some b-rated Duck Dynasty “star”.

  • gthog61

    Why the Hell would he have to resign?

    and where did the video come from?

  • Cool Ranch, Texas

    While collectivism is about forcing people to become equal, the individualist philosophy understands that morality, liberty, and prosperity are associated with treating people equally.

  • Evergreen Fields

    Without centralized control, it is impossible to force people to chase illusions such as “fair” income distribution and “social justice”.

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