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. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Correction: The kiss was a "Can't wait until we schtupp again" kind of kiss.

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

    Another GOP Christian conservative telling US how to live , like their a good example!!!!! Is this the GOP party we are sopposed to use as an EXAMPLE, like the GOP DRUG JUNKY tea RADAL from Florida . Vote this GOP anti healthcare TRASH OUT in November !!!!!!!

    April 10, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @tet1953: "Don't get me wrong, I love Bill Clinton, but he got a lot more than a kiss and didn't resign."

    Clinton didn't campaign as a "family values" candidate, spouting off about how he and his holier-than-thou types were going to go to Washington and "clean" it up.

    When Clinton's affair with Lewinsky came out, we weren't surprised so much as disappointed. We'd known about his past indiscretions on the campaign trail.

    The gop is the party of the likes of Newt Gingrich who was trying to crucify Clinton, while the Newtster was having his own extra-marital affair with future wife number 3? ... 4? ... I've lost count ...

    April 10, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. paul reynolds

    As expected – Those RepubliCons always claim to be "Christian" and "Conservative", to Fool Yous into Voting for Them, but typically their Actions prove they are NEITHER!!

    April 10, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama:

    "The GOP needs to recognize that it is nowhere near the Party of family values, God and country."

    Well, I don't know ... we might be talking too big a hill for them to climb: they've spent so many decades telling themselves they ARE the party of family values, God and country that they've allowed themselves to believe it.

    Take this dude for example. He never should have been voted in to begin with. Now here he is ... asking for forgiveness as if he's somehow just met up with his "come to Jesus" chapters of life.

    Personally, I'm thinking he's got a long and winding road to walk in his "come to Jesus" travels.

    April 10, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Jerry

    This is definitely not a bad as some Democrats that have been caught in Stings and fraud, and theft. Leave him alone!!

    April 10, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Lynda/Minnesota has brain freeze because she's talking jibberish.

    April 10, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Anthony Weiner resigned, and he did not have physical contact. Right wingnuts said he was a pervert. One has to wonder why baggers are defending Vance and Vitter.

    April 10, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. paul reynolds

    Jerry has clearly scrubbed his Brain of recalling the GOP "Culture of Corruption" when they controlled ALL Government just a few years back and the endless number of RepubliCon indictments, scandals and convictions!

    April 10, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    @smith: for the record, I was embarrassed and disgusted by Clinton's behavior. However, that being said, he never attempted to campaign as some sort of "values" candidate, and it would appear as though McCallister did not even live up to the values he claimed he had even prior to his snogging with this woman. Personal indiscretions are going to happen, and its up the individual candidate to decide if he/she should continue on in that position, and how they are going to face the music, either personally or professionally. It was just amazing to watch people leap to McCallister's defense, attacking the woman involved when he clearly knew what he was doing was wrong. If his wife was not enough of a reminder, his 5 children should have sufficed. He had the ability to say no, just as Clinton did: the difference is that it took him less than 6 months to do what Clinton did over a few years. If we are to apply the conservative absolute standard here, he failed, miserably.

    April 10, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. John

    This is definitely not a bad as some Democrats that have been caught in Stings and fraud, and theft. Leave him alone!!"

    But Jerry, the Democrats don't go around claiming that they are moral, family centered, Christian, etc, etc. Yes, he asked for forgiveness, but he never would have asked, let alone stopped, if he had not been caught. If he were truly sorry and repentant, he would've immediately resigned.

    April 10, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. uhhuh


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


    Republican women never have abortions? Yeah right.

    April 10, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. geno marcello

    I am a Republican who often votes as an Independent. I can easily forgive this freshman Congressman for the kind of mistake that many married men often make, especially after they have been married for a long time and raised several children. At least he kissed a woman and not a guy.

    April 10, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Rick

    The man ran on conservative family values and cheated on his wife. OK, so he really doesn't believe in family values. He ran on his faith in God. OK , he probably doesn't really believe in God. He has asked for forgiveness from God, his wife , his family, his party and his constituents. Why should anyone believe that he really wants forgiveness and this this isn't just a ploy to stay in office? I'm a very forgiving person but I am just sick of politicians who practice the values they run on only when they get caught not living up to their these values.

    April 10, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    MAX wrote on page 3:

    My 14 year old grandson just asked me if I think that he lights his cigars like President Clinton does.
    Clinton doesn't smoke cigars. Someone's been filling the poor kid's head with nonsense.

    April 10, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Jerry

    John, the reason Dems don't because it's not politically correct.....

    April 10, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Villere backed Vitter during and after his manpampers scandal. He downplayed, said it would blow over and then backed Vitter when he ran for re-election.

    Looks like Villere is also a big fat hypocrite.

    April 10, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. IndependentVoter

    Regardless of which political party when even a President can get away with adultery in office then how can anyone expect more from a lower level politician. What they say during campaigns rarely reflects their personal views or ethics in office anyway.

    April 10, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. marton

    Neither very Christian, nor very conservative, this loser is finding out just how QUICK the RepubliCON rightwingers are to JUDGE, and how slow they are (if ever) to FORGIVE and/or LOVE. One hypocrite falling to the hypocrisy of others just like him; you just can't make this stuff up...

    April 10, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Sheila

    And, how do you know it wasn't a setup?

    April 10, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Larry L

    @Jerry "Lynda/Minnesota has brain freeze because she's talking gibberish."

    Really Jerry? Please explain how her comment was inaccurate.

    April 10, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. anonymous

    Republican women never have abortions? Yeah right.

    you do know that a majority of the abortions in this country are done to minorities right? many have numerous abortions. it keeps the democrat party wedge issue alive and producing votes. so what if a few million babies have to pay the price with their lives, as long as the democrats can have a campaign issue, right?

    April 10, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. sly

    "And, how do you know it wasn't a setup?"
    Hope it was – sure doesn't change one thing about this slime-buckets integrity. He is a dishonest, corrupt and slimy politician running under a Family Values theme.

    The guy is toast – see ya! He's 'crispier' than Crook Christie, and that's saying something!

    April 10, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Turns out this guy was a Liberal the whole time. "And I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for those medling kids"

    April 10, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Pat

    Isn't this the same state that David Vitter lives in?

    April 10, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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