La. state representative: U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister should resign

U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister should resign after being caught kissing staffer, La. State Rep. Robert Johnson says.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   April 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- La. State Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Marksville, said U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., should resign after McAllister was caught kissing a married member of his staff.

A video of the indiscretion surfaced Monday and since then, the staffer, Melissa Hixon Peacock, has been taken off the payroll.

Though he acknowledges he's "fallen short," the congressman said he doesn't plan to resign "unless there is an outcry for me not to serve."

His former competition for the congressional seat, Johnson, has issued that outcry.

"This is another embarrassment to Louisiana," Johnson said. "I think he needs to resign, and I don't think he can be effective."

Johnson didn't confirm he would run against for the seat, but, "I'm certainly very interested."


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