BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Captured on tape kissing another man’s wife, a married Republican congressman was urged Wednesday by the leader of the Louisiana GOP to resign from the seat he’s only held since November.
Rep. Vance McAllister appealed for privacy for his family “during this difficult period.” He and his wife have five children.
A person close to the Republican Party of Louisiana told The Associated Press that party chairman Roger Villere was trying to persuade McAllister to step aside immediately. The source asked not to be named because Villere hadn’t spoken directly with McAllister and conversations continue with the congressman’s staff.
A brief statement from McAllister on Wednesday offered no answers to the questions that have swirled about his private life — or political future — since the videotape surfaced of him kissing a woman identified as Melissa Peacock, who resigned Monday from his congressional payroll.
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