GOP Congressman Caught Kissing Staffer Won't Seek Re-Election

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Republican Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana, a married man who was caught on camera earlier this month passionately kissing a staffer, on Monday announced he will not seek re-election to a second term.

"There's no doubt I've made a mistake," McAllister said in a prepared statement, adding, "Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election" in November.

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McAllister, 40, is married with five children, and relatively new to Congress, having taken office last November after a special election to fill a vacant seat. He ran a campaign that emphasized conservative Christian values and was endorsed by the stars of Duck Dynasty.

"The past few weeks have been a trying time for my family," he said in a statement, according to Nola.com.

"I've failed those I care most about and let down the people who elected me to represent them. I take full responsibility for this personal failure and I'm truly sorry for what I've done.

"I have taken this time to reconcile with my wife and kids and I'm forever grateful for their support and forgiveness. The people of the Fifth District of Louisiana need and deserve a voice in Washington."

McAllister apologized earlier this month after a Louisiana newspaper posted a surveillance video showing him in a passionate embrace with his scheduler, Melissa Peacock, in his Louisiana office.

The staffer in question resigned shortly after the video was released. But McAllister had earlier rejected a number of calls from fellow Republicans to resign, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

"This is another embarrassment to Louisiana," state Rep. Robert Johnson said shortly after the tape was released. "I think he needs to resign, and I don't think he can be effective."

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