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. jason

    Just when I thought GOP was getting out of the business of ruining families

    April 10, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    After having elected Mark Sanford back into politics, it's amusing to read the willingness of GOPerville to bring up Bill Clinton.

    This particular dude ... McAllister ... was just elected in November 2013. If nothing eles, he's a fast "forgiveness tour" learner.

    Kudos to America's voters for once again picking another "family values first" man-about-town-go-getter.

    April 10, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Republicans on this thread being willfully obstinate.
    Both sides of the aisle, and a few Libertarians and Independents, have indulged in this kind of immoral actiivity.
    The KICKER is that only ONE Party goes around acting like they are holier-than-everyone else.
    Only ONE Party lays claim to being the one of family values.
    This is why when these occurrences surface we laugh at you, because nothing could be further from YOUR truth than what you claim to be.
    If you stopped selling yourselves as something that we all know you're not we will stop pointing and laughing.

    April 10, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @DC Johnny
    @Silence DoGood

    Oops. Clinton was "persecuted" because he made a mockery of the power of Congress by intentionally lying under oath. You libs always seem to forget that little tiny detail when you pretend Clinton was impeached for adultery.

    Silence DoGood

    No but Clinton was persecuted by Ken Starr at tax payers expense.
    So you think a special prosecutor should badger him at taxpayer expense?
    No he wasn't. Actual history (not the one in your head) reveals:
    Conservatives wanted to "get" Clinton on one of number of emotional conspiracy theories.
    They tapped arch conservative payrolled Ken Starr as attack dog.
    Clinton was persecuted for whitewater and that didn't work because there was no evidence.
    He was persecuted for Vince Foster and that didn't work because there was no evidence.
    Finally millions of tax dollars later, they settled for Clinton lying about his affair.

    April 10, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. tynkyrbelle

    Gee, if he had only taken up Hiking the Appalachian Trail, he wouldn't have had any problems...

    April 10, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The GOP needs to recognize that it is nowhere near the Party of family values, God and country.
    Au contraire, it is becoming more and more the Party of moral turpitude in more ways than one.

    April 10, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Cindy

    I found it interesting that he is demanding the FBI investigate who monitored him and made this public. It came out of his own office. Why do we need to pay the FBI to conduct an investigation for him? and, I've heard the woman he kissed, a hairdresser, has been getting payments for all kinds of services rendered from his campaign, including everything from scheduling, to cleaning the offices. That's what needs to be investigated. People keep bringing up Bill Clinton, but he didn't run on a religious campaign. I find it humorous that the GOP wants to hold him accountable. Its a grain of sand on the beach for the GOP, but I guess they have to start somewhere.

    April 10, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Thank you DM!!!
    And poor AW couldn't get elected because of a selfie.... If only the dems stuck together like the GOP....

    April 10, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    DC whoever, THIS article is about adultery, not perjury.

    April 10, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    Crickets from the RNC and DC wingnuts.

    April 10, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. tet1953

    Don't get me wrong, I love Bill Clinton, but he got a lot more than a kiss and didn't resign.

    April 10, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. john

    Oh really, it was just a little peck on the cheek......!

    April 10, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Trent

    Why is it all these Republicans who rail about homosexuals, infidelity and are so worried about people's private sexual lives are always the ones in engaging in such behavior?

    April 10, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. bestionkdooley1

    This is not a party issue. The issue is that he is a lying, emotionally immature, irresponsible, egocentric, hypocritical jerk. he should unquestionably resign, or be recalled.

    April 10, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Ulysses

    "GOP Lawmakers Call For McCallister To Resign" - I guess he will have to switch to the Dems now... as they are more tolerant of these types of "indiscretions"... No more "Family" platforms for him though...

    April 10, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. mike

    DOA GOP the lame duck congress

    April 10, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    If you think they just kissed, you must still be living in the 20th century.

    April 10, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. I AM

    It was such a sweet kiss....

    April 10, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. SteveInMN

    Republic after Republic after Republic after Republic.

    Gotta' love that message/behavior dissonance !

    April 10, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    anonymous wrote on page 2:

    Democrat family values? Killing babies? Yeah.... that's 'values' all right.
    Conservatives, moderates, and liberals all get abortions. Besides, this isn't about a Democrat getting an abortion. Nice try.

    April 10, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Splittin' hairs ...

    Clinton fooled around. JFK fooled around. FDR fooled around. Eisenhower fooled around....Geral Ford probably wanted to fool around but wasn't sure how it worked...

    But here's the difference Ladies and Gents...

    NONE OF those guys campaigned on FAMILY VALUES and Christian morality!!!!

    Nobody cares what you do as long as you don't get up on the soapbox and rant against it and then slip into the nearest motel for a quickie. ( go away hypocrites!)

    Dems and Repubs.. just do what you say will during the campiagn... if you're a dirty old man.. TELL US! we don't really care .... BUT enough of Anthony Weiner and the rest who say one thing and do another ....just come on out and cop to it, Fellas...we won't hold it against you ....

    April 10, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Malory Archer


    "GOP Lawmakers Call For McCallister To Resign" – I guess he will have to switch to the Dems now... as they are more tolerant of these types of "indiscretions"... No more "Family" platforms for him though...


    Yeah, except when a Dem is caught in a similar dalliance, they're shamed by their own party and forced to resign (President Clinton being the exception). When a red does it, they're fetted by their party and elected to higher office while the party wrings their hands and blames the Dems and the "librul" media for their shortcomings, and shouts "the Dems do it too!"

    April 10, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    The gop's new slogan should be: Talk Is Cheap.

    April 10, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    This guy definitely married "up". His wife should kick him to the curb and find someone as attractive as she is!

    April 10, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House: "If you think they just kissed, you must still be living in the 20th century."

    It WAS just a kiss – a "can't wait until be schtupp again" kind of kiss. 🙂

    April 10, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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