(CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called Tuesday for Rep. Vance McAllister to resign.
And the embattled first-term Republican congressman from Louisiana said no.
"I did meet with Leader Cantor this morning. He asked me why I would want to put myself through this for the next eight months if I'm not running for reelection. He did ask me to consider resigning, but I respectfully disagree with him and my family is behind my decision," said McAllister in a statement.
Earlier Tuesday, Cantor met with McAllister and urged him to step down. Cantor told Politico Republicans should "hold ourselves to a higher standard."
"And I think what has happened in his instance doesn't meet that standard. So I told him that I thought he should resign," Cantor added.
Talking to reporters after word of Cantor's comments, McAllister said that he rejected the suggestion he resign his seat immediately.
McAllister also told reporters that Cantor didn't tell their "full conversation" to Politico.
"The conversation was – as a friend he thought I should resign because if I'm not going to run for re-election, why go through eight months of this process if I'm not going to run anyway," he said.
"And I believe I'm not going to leave my district voiceless again for the second time."
Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere has also previously called on McAllister to resign.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pounced on Cantor's comments, pointing to another Republican congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm from New York, who was indicted Monday by a federal grand jury, but has not received calls from GOP leadership to step down.
"Republican leaders made one thing clear today; it is worse to kiss the wrong person in a safe Republican seat than to face a 20-count criminal indictment in a swing district," DCCC Spokesman Josh Schwerin said.
Asked if Cantor was using different standard because he didn't call on Grimm to resign, McAllister said, "I don't believe Mr. Grimm has anything to do with me."
Pressed further if Cantor should also call on Grimm to step down, McAllister said, "that's between him and Mr. Grimm."
CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.