April 8th, 2014
12:20 PM ET
6 years ago

First on CNN: Husband on kissing congressman: ‘He has wrecked my life’

(CNN) - The husband of the woman caught making out with Rep. Vance McAllister said the Louisiana Republican destroyed his life and marriage.

"I'm just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I'm going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare," Heath Peacock told CNN Tuesday.

On Monday, The Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, Louisiana, published a surveillance video it says shows McAllister and his scheduler, Melissa Hixon Peacock, passionately kissing in his office last December.

Heath Peacock said he didn't know about the episode until Melissa called him a couple hours before the news broke.

"He has wrecked my life," Peacock, 34, said of McAllister. "We're headed for divorce."

Heath and Melissa Peacock have been married for six years and have a 6-year-old son.

"It was just a kiss, that was all it was, but it embarrassed me and my family," Heath Peacock said. "This guy has turned my life upside down."

Melissa Peacock no longer works for McAllister, Heath Peacock said.

Melissa Peacock and McAllister's office did not return requests for comment.

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McAllister, who is married with five children, issued a statement on Monday saying, "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."

Heath Peacock noted that "he's apologized to everyone in the world except me."

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 - a claim Peacock disputed.

"I know his beliefs. When he ran one of his commercials, he said 'I need your prayers,' and I asked, 'When did you get religious?' He said, 'When I needed votes,'" Peacock recalled. "He broke out the religious card and he's about the most non-religious person I know."

McAllister also 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.

Separately, McAllister's office is dropping a plan to request the FBI investigate who leaked the surveillance video.

"Congressman McAllister's office will not pursue an FBI investigation at this time regarding the distribution of a video filmed in leased federal office space," spokeswoman Jennifer Dunagin said in a statement on Wednesday.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh, Evan Perez and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


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soundoff (692 Responses)
  1. RettasVegas

    No surprise here, JUST another GOP politician telling other's to do as I preach, NOT as I do.

    They run on high family moral's, AND then cheat on their wife, par for the course, no news to me, just the same old BS.

    Independent voter- fed up with the EXTREME'S in the GOP!

    April 8, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. hang3xc

    Funny how he thinks. His WIFE is the one who wrecked his life. If it wasn't the congressman, it would've been someone else. He may be even somewhat responsible. If he was a great husband, his wife wouldn't have been going elsewhere looking for something she obviously feels is missing

    April 8, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Doublestandardcheating

    So did his wife apologize to the politicians wife? Sounds like this man treated his wife like property and demands a claim somehow. Very misogynistic and no wonder she cheated. She is better off without him.

    April 8, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Hooverguide

    What is wrong with you? You ran on a platform of family values and upstanding Christian virtues. Please! Put your big boy pants back on and go home.

    April 8, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Both are to blame. Both claim to support family values but their actions prove otherwise. Sure he has apologized but those are just words. GOP will keep him though as they kept the druggy and they keep Issa who has twice been convicted for auto theft. Claim one thing for politics but their actions prove otherwise.

    April 8, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Lisa

    He says it was just a kiss... But he's going to divorce her. Dope, the congressman didn't ruin your life, you are ruining your life by overreacting.

    April 8, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. James

    It was his wife that went outside the marriage. It is all on her to own if she wants her husband to reconcile with her. She has to have remorse, quit her job, and have no further contact with the congressman. It is never the betrayed spouses fault! I hope both families can find peace and work thru this devastating time.

    Chances are they have had this ongoing for some time... It wasn't just a kiss. Never is. They always lie and blame shift.

    -somebody who has experienced this pain before.

    April 8, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. bobo

    Nice quote from above.... " If she was unhappy then as an adult & as your partner she should have had the guts to say something to you instead of lying/cheating. instead of showing some respect for herself & you... she showed herself to be a dishonorable coward." So true too!

    April 8, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Joeseph Eclaire

    Dump that broad and carry a copy of the video into court if she try's to milk you for alimony.
    Pay enough for your child and let her fed for herself.
    Who really knows how far they we're involved with each other.
    And if not how far it would have gotten.

    Your still very young at 32, and there are good and decent woman out there like there is good and decent men.

    Good luck to you sir in the future

    April 8, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. kryg

    This congressman has NO INTEGRITY. McAllister RESIGN! He is only apologizing because he was caught. There are probably other things he has done wrong hidden. Its time to dig dirt.

    April 8, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. overitinatl

    I am soooo tired of grown men in public office misbehaving, offering lame excuses for the behaviour and then turning around to ask for forgiveness. How about ask for forgiveness before you commit the sin so that we can all scream at you to you stop!!!!! ...shame on you!! Sad part...she got fired. He reported to work on Monday and is now asking for forgiveness and a second chance and of course privacy to deal with it. Wow!!

    April 8, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. JustAKiss

    That looked like a very familiar kiss. DoughNUTS to dollars she's kissed more than his lips.

    April 8, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Gary McDowall

    Family values Politician. Now he shows his true family values. He was her employer doesn't that (alas) have a familiar ring?
    Does Louisiana have alienation of affection divorce laws.Enough for maybe a lawsuit or two Hope voters eventually see past the election rhetoric get rid of this hypocrite.

    April 8, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Me

    Bill from GA

    So, how is the Congressman's wife taking this?

    Oh, Yeah, She's married to a Congressman, so she probably expected it.
    She should whop him up side of the head with a frying pan!
    ______________________
    I was thinking the same thing, no mention of her at all.

    April 8, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Tess

    People have been know to sue the others involved. They call it alienation of affection. Some states still recognize it. If nothing else, it scares the heck out of the other person that this little trist might cost them big bucks. That scares them more than the possibility of divorce.

    April 8, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Reverberations

    Clinton did NOT get impeached for Monica Lywinski. Clinton got impeached for looking straight into a camera and lying under oath AFTER his trysts.

    He was under oath...if he was a kid caught with pot and pulled that he'd be in the slammer.

    April 8, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    The poor staffer has been fired but Mr. Family Values gets to keep his job. See the 1%ishness of that?

    April 8, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Carly

    Judging from that kiss, thats not all they are doing|

    April 8, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Joeseph Eclaire

    Carry a copy of the video into court if she try's to milk you for alimony.
    Pay enough for your child and let her fed for herself.
    Who really knows how far they we're involved with each other.
    And if not how far it would have gotten.

    Your still very young at 34, and there are good and decent woman out there like there is good and decent men.

    Good luck to you sir in the future.

    April 8, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Jez

    HAHA! There's your good 'ol Republican family values in action!

    April 8, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Max Newman

    Why do these adulterers and philanderers run on Christian values? Are they actually agents of Satan or just really poor examples of human kind? I see this stuff all over politics, people with no morals campaigning on Christian values.

    Hey Vance, Jesus thinks you're a Jerk!

    April 8, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. JJ

    Give it a rest, man. Your wife didn't like you, as much as she liked him. So deal with your situation, get your divorce, and move on with your life. Sheesh. Divorce rates are over 50% now, so why are people surprised that something occurs WHILE your still married? Are we Puritans in this country when making judgements of others, but deviants when people look at themselves in the mirror?

    This guy shouldn't even be talking to the media. What a farce. He says the Congressman "wrecked his life". Really? Your wife did have something to do with, my friend. She apparently had stronger feelings for him, than you. Just like the Congressman's wife. Sometimes, things just don't work in relationships, and that's life.

    So get off your cry-baby box, dig deep down for what's left of the manliness in you, and move on.

    April 8, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. steve-0

    Family values rarely apply to family value politicians..yet they keep voting for them. Tea Party lies

    April 8, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    These fake "Christian" Republicans are a plague. They lie, cheat and steal, all while using the bible to manipulate people or justify their evil. It's too bad that so many people buy their manure, watch professional liars on Fox News or believe the failed policies they promote, saying that Jesus is on their side. FYI: Jesus would kick you and your kind out of the temple!

    April 8, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Kell

    Congressional aide and some.

    April 8, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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