April 10th, 2014
01:35 PM ET
8 years ago

McAllister urged to resign by top Republicans

Updated 4:35 p.m ET, 4/10/2014

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called Thursday on Rep. Vance McAllister to resign after surveillance video surfaced showing the married Louisiana congressman kissing an aide in his office.

"Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," he said in a statement. "He says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."

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Jindal's comment came as the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party also urged the congressman to step down.

And in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner appeared to criticize the congressman's behavior, saying he's spoken to McAllister and the freshman representative "has a decision to make."

"I expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards and this is no different," said Boehner, R-Ohio, during his weekly news conference.

Soon after Boehner spoke with reporters, Louisiana GOP chair Roger F. Villere, Jr. issued a statement calling on the embattled congressman to step down, citing McAllister's infidelity as an example of a well-worn hypocrisy in politics.

"A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation. He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress," Villere said.

"A video showing him engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, on public time, in a public office, with one of his employees, was the focus of the national press for days," Villere said.

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CNN has reached out to McAllister's congressional office for reaction to Villere's statement, but has yet to receive a response.

McAllister represents Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, which is considered a safe seat for the GOP.

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. The story quickly made national headlines.

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."

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."

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Heath and Melissa Peacock have been married for six years and have a 6-year-old son. Melissa Peacock no longer works for McAllister, Heath Peacock said.

CNN's Chis Frates, Curt Devine, Deirdre Walsh, Lisa Desjardins, Steve Brusk, Dana Davidsen, Paul Steinhauser, and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2014 • John Boehner • Louisiana • Vance McAllister
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "But Mr. Vitter was o.k., right?"

    In fact, so ok that he's about to run for governor of the same state this guy represents.

    April 10, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Bruce

    The man's a pig for ruining someone elses marriage, but then, so is the woman who kissed him! It's a known fact that SEX, MONEY, ALCOHOL, destroys marriages!

    April 10, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The woman's husband needs a copy of that video....if only as a "memento".....
    Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.

    April 10, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Kevin

    Lizzie – While I agree with you, the big difference here is that Clinton didn't run on "I'm a super Christian, family values man, loving husband and father" platform. Clinton, if I recall correctly, had women accusing him of all kinds of shenanigans before he was even elected. This guy is a hypocrite. Clinton would just wink at the camera and give that slick willy smile. This Vance character clearly hates his wife and kids...which is fine, no prob there. Just be honest about it...don't pimp God to get votes, then get caught with your hand in the proverbial cookie jar and then refuse to resign because you feel entitled. His parent clearly failed this man.

    April 10, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    it must be said wrote:

    Who cares! It was a KISS!!! It is not like he stuck a cigar up her woo-woo ala Slick Willy! Maybe it was the woman who was pursuing HIM? You all do know that happens these days right?
    Just a kiss? It was an outright smackdown. Houdidni couldn't hold his breathe that long. Besides, it looked like they've had quite a bit of practice at it. They were smoother than Olympic figure skaters.

    April 10, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Vence

    The only right thing is to resign congressman!

    April 10, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Savior

    If we ever want to restore the GOP to its former glory we need to get rid of these fornicators, adulterers, fatties, egregious sinners from the party. Leave the immoral behaviors for the liberals and let us be accountable, responsible and charitable people.

    April 10, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. TM

    When was the lat time any member of the Grand Old Tea Party suffered ANY consequences for cheating? Teabaggers bleat endlessly about "family values", perhaps they should start by honoring their own families before they try condemning anyone else.

    April 10, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. sly

    I don't know why the Republicans want him to step down – he is a perfect representative of their family values.

    April 10, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. David Ross

    I am all about forgiveness but it is a poor substitute for loyalty And he ran on a platform pretty much centered on fidelity, integrity, character and the like....he should go.

    Any leader, ANY, who betrays the promises they make to the voting populace..should resign. Gotta walk the walk or you have nothing.

    April 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Jen

    Since when are politicians really ethical, anyway? Why should he resign? He betrayed his wife, not his constituents. This is a personal matter and shouldn't even be in the news. There are many more important things going on in our country, and the world.

    April 10, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. devilsporkchop

    David Vitter admitted to making appointments with prostitutes during votes from the Senate floor. Geez, the Louisiana GOP didn't have a problem with that - especially after it was revealed he like to wear diapers and be infantilized. Why would they object to this doofus? all he did was sleep with a staffer .Not a big deal for Republicans especially since they only have problems with self hating gay members of the GOP.

    April 10, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Brian

    It funny many of you have turned this into a political argument or a witch hunt orchestrated by the democrats. Both parties have their share of amoral people. It's his own party calling for his ouster. I just feel bad for the husband. I want the guy to lose his job just because of that. I could care less about his political affiliation. Please think objectively before posting.

    April 10, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. bobo

    WHY? Did Bill Clinton resign????

    April 10, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. chip

    To all those comparing this to Clinton, which, btw, happened TWO DECADES ago, the difference is this guy ran on his conservative, Christian values, which, of course, was a lie and hence the breech of public trust referred to in the article. I know it's hard for you right-wingers, but try and understand this is vastly different.

    April 10, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Keith

    If anyone thinks that all they had was a "passionate kiss" and nothing else, then you need a refresher course about the "birds and the bees."

    April 10, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Roscoe Chait

    Peacock should forgive his wife and try to work out the problem in their marriage. If the situation were different and Peacock was the kisser with the other man's wife, would Mrs. Peacock be expected to stand by her man? So why can't he stand by his wife. It's just too easy to seek divorce.

    April 10, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. groginohio

    Oddly, Senator David "diapers" Vitter doesn't seem to have any heat to resign at all. What's with the double standard Louisiana GOP AND Speaker Boehner?

    April 10, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. scarf

    it must be said

    Who cares! It was a KISS!!! It is not like he stuck a cigar up her woo-woo ala Slick Willy! Maybe it was the woman who was pursuing HIM? You all do know that happens these days right?

    You are aware, are you not, that Monica made the first move on Clinton? He simply responded to it and then lied about it. If McAllister's behavior should be ignored because it's POSSIBLE that the woman made the first move, are you willing to apply that standard to Clinton, also, or is your opinion just a partisan throw-away line instead of a principle?

    April 10, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. GOP = Greed Over People

    Uh, Heath, the Congressman "wrecked your life"?

    Were you secretly married to McAllister, or was it your wife that exchanged vows to be true to you, and after 6 years is caught on tape willingly, nay, passionately swapping spit with the Congressman?

    Looks like her 7 year itch hit a tad early, and she found someone willing to scratch it!

    Just sayin' Bubba!

    April 10, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Dee in Missouri

    Who cares that he is fooling around on his wife, I don't UNTIL you use family values as your platform to get elected. He has lost all credibility as all of washington.

    April 10, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. anonymous

    Democrat family values? Killing babies? Yeah.... that's 'values' all right.

    April 10, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Rob

    But their cool with Vitter?

    April 10, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. TheSadTruth

    The GOP doesn't mind McAllister being a lecherous hypocrite- they mind him GETTING CAUGHT being a lecherous hypocrite.

    April 10, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. seafoodwatch

    Who ever contributed to his campaign fund just lost their money!!!!!!

    April 10, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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