Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal joined the state’s Republican Party in calling for embattled U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., to step down after a videotape was released of him kissing a female staffer who was not his wife.
“Congressman McAllister’s behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign,” Jindal said in a statement released by his office Thursday afternoon. “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.”
The call for McAllister’s resignation by Jindal came hours after party chairman Roger Villere stated the same thing, calling the Congressman’s actions “extreme hypocrisy” and “an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics.”
“A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation,” Villere said. “He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress.”
The video first showed up on the website for The Ouachita Citizen.
Just two days ago, McAllister said he planned on running for a full-term in Congress. The filing deadline is in August.
McAllister is married and has five children. He won his seat in a special election in November to fill the seat of Rodney Alexander, who became the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.
He ran his campaign partly on a platform of family values, an advertisement showing him in his kitchen with his family.
“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. “I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside."