Rep. Vance McAllister, (R-LA) waits to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 21, 2013.
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‘Kissing congressman’ won’t seek re-election

The married congressman reportedly caught kissing a married co-worker will not seek re-election this fall.

Louisiana newspaper The News-Star reported Monday that Rep. Vance McAllister will not run for Congress again this fall, but will still complete his term. McAllister has been under heavy scrutiny since video surfaced earlier this month that allegedly showed him kissing an aide.

“I am committed to serving the 5th District to the best of my ability through this term, but I also have to take care of my family as we work together to repair and strengthen the relationship I damaged,” McAllister told The News-Star.

The aide caught with McAllister, district scheduler Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, “voluntarily resigned” after the scandal broke.

McAllister won his current congressional seat during a special election last November. He made national headlines earlier this year when he invited Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address.


'Kissing congressman' won't seek re-election