Rep. Vance McAllister has publicly apologized and is seeking forgiveness following the release of a video allegedly showing the married Louisiana Republican kissing an aide.
“I don’t want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I’m very sorry for what I’ve done,” McAllister said in a statement released Monday via his office. “While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this.”
He also asks for forgiveness “from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve,” and says “there’s no doubt I’ve fallen short.”
A local Louisiana newspaper, The Ouachita Citizen, first posted the video via an anonymous source. The paper described the man depicted as McAllister, who had campaigned as a conservative Christian, “passionately kissing” a woman who is a congressional aide.
Rep. McAllister joined Congress after a special election at the end of 2013. McAllister, an Army veteran, college dropout, and businessman, had never been to Washington before going to the capital to be sworn in in November. McAllister has kept a reasonably low profile in his few months in the House, only really drawing some attention for bringing Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to the State of the Union as his guest.
“Trust is something I know has to be earned whether your [sic] a husband, a father, or a congressman,” McAllister said in his Monday statement. “I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”