(CNN) – Newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness from God, his family and his constituents after a local newspaper published what it said was surveillance video of the married Louisiana Republican making out with a female staffer.
"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether your (sic) a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed,” McAllister said in a statement.
“From day one, I've always tried to be an honest man. I ran for congress (sic) to make a difference and not to just be another politician. 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. While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this,” he said.
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The Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, Louisiana, published the video it says shows McAllister and the woman passionately kissing in his office last December.
McAllister is married with five children. The woman, the paper reported, is also married.
What's worse – a politician who cheats or who abuses power?
McAllister was elected in a November special election to fill the vacancy left by GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander’s resignation.
McAllister campaigned as a Christian conservative. He made headlines earlier this year when he invited “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson to be his guest at the President’s State of the Union address.
CNN’s Curt Devine contributed.
"Cookie Cuter Politician" No need to apologize for getting caught. The next time, believe me, there will be a next time, you might want to be a little more sneaky and sleazy. :(
"McAllister campaigned as a Christian conservative. "
That sounds about right.....
Yet another 'family-first' politician caught cheating.
That's a miracle. A Republican cheating on his wife with a woman??? Oh, well. Anyway, we all know he's sorry only because he got caugh. lol
I am more offended at his use of "your" than in who he kisses. Our country doesn't need incompetent boy scouts, and I can tolerate shady but effective.
Can't wait for this set of BC and soap opera drama comments from party drones.
Man how could we believe in government when the life they're
Living is so misleading and dishonest.
well well a republican and he probably ran on family and god first
They are always sorry after they get caught. Can't someone just come out and say sorry BEFORE he or she gets caught? This is a call to all you cheaters out there, come out before someone else brings you out and you be humiliated.
what a waste...joke... I'd bet that Robertson dude is just as shady...
It seems to me like CNN only reports the misfortunes of the Republicans and never the democrats. There are alot of crooks in the democratic party. That being said, is this man really sorry, or is he only sorry cause he got caught?
Oh boy, him and the mega pastor in Ft. Lauderdale. It's because these guys make such a fake, big deal about this behavior when they preach that they get picked on relentlessly when they get caught. It's comical. True conservatives keep your private life private. Social conservatives are not really conservative, they want government to legislate morality for everyone but them
Notice how he asks God for forgiveness first. I would think the wife should have been first. Unless it is a play to the "god-fearing, we are all sinners" group. p.s. I am a registered Republican so no need for any conservatives to doubt my thoughts.
No one does the family values like the GOP
The devil made him do it!
So 7 Democrats have been arrested this month. California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee, a gun control advocate, has been charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption. But CNN you only run a story about a kiss? Seems hypocritical unless you run all stories about corruption or immoral acts from both parties. Not just ONE.
You had our trust until you destroy it.
Invites guy who preaches that gays destroy marriage, gets caught on camera cheating on his wife. Classic!
you got to wonder, who was shadowing this guy..looks like a Gary Hart rerun..must be some controversial politics playing the strings down Louisiana way, or could it be, the union boys, who play both sides of the fence, ( as insurance ), needed just that; sort of a Chapiquitic renewal..America, what a country..
More moral failings from the Grand Old Hypocrite Party. But 'asking God' makes it all ok, right? Disgusting. And he can't even write!
What is the big deal? We already know he is a politician, what do you expect, honesty?
Its the Party of Family Values folks!
HE Is no good example to our children he should go and dont let the door do you know what dem 0r repub preacher or teacher !
This is really rich. The same news outlet who has still not published a news story about Leland Yee, the San Francisco Democrat and gun control supporter who got caught negotiating gun deals, publishing a story about a Republican making out with a staffer. Poor behavior, no doubt, but nothing even close to arranging the sale of surface to air missiles. To quote Tombstone "It seems your hypocrisy knows no bounds."
Gotta love those Christian Conservative politicians.....always following the Bible as truth. Hey look, you just broke a commandment, Vance!