Rep. McAllister on Alleged Video With Staffer: ‘I’m Asking for Forgiveness’

“I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”

National Journal
Elahe Izadi
April 7, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

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.”

Matt Berman contributed to this article.
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