Kissing Congressman to Run for Reelection

When the video of Rep. Vance McAllister making out with one of his staffers (both of them married to other people, unsurprisingly) surfaced, my response was “meh.” Ho hum, another Christian right, family values Republican caught cheating on his wife. Been there, seen that, pretty much on a monthly basis for years. But his handling of it afterward is pretty funny to me.

Rep. Vance McAllister, the married Republican congressman who was caught on tape kissing his part-time scheduler outside his Monroe, La., office, says he plans to run for re-election despite his recent scandal.

McAllister told the Monroe News-Star newspaper that he’ll go ahead with his re-election campaign “unless there is an outcry for me not to serve, and so far there has been an outpouring of support, not for my actions, but for me to continue to represent the people.”

“If the people are willing to forgive me I’ll keep fighting. If there’s somebody more perfect than me who they support, it’s their will,” he said.

Oh yes, the old “I’m fighting hard for the people of my district and nothing is going to keep me from that important work” pose. I’ll take pretentious bullshit for $1000, Alex. Let me translate all of that: “If I can con enough suckers into voting for me despite my entire platform of family values and religion being a sham, I can keep my cushy job.” Is there anything more ridiculous than a politician striking the “I’m just a humble servant of the people” pose?

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  • cptdoom

    But he fired the woman who tempted him, so it’s all good, right?

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    The “I’m a conservative and I support change” pose is a pretty ridiculous one too.

  • Loqi

    The “I put politics aside and do what’s right” thing is pretty ridiculous also.

  • Alverant

    Who he sticks his tongue into (and where) is between him and his partner, assuming there is consent of course. It doesn’t matter much to me. But when you get on some high horse and you fall off, you should fall a long way and not try to brush it off. I wonder how many of his supporters are trying to do mental gymnastics to justify their support while saying Clinton should have been removed from office for pretty much the same thing.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Rob Ford in Toronto is making essentially the same plea for re-election in October.

  • raven

    We all saw what happened to Family Values xian Governor Mark Sanford of Georgia.

    After his wife divorced him and then filed a restraining order, he ran for congress. And was elected. Or that MD in Tennessee who did a lot more than that.

    They tried to impeach Bill Clinton for less.

    Oh well. Hyprocrisy is one of their three main sacraments.

    It doesn’t take much to be a fundie xian hero.

    Sarah Palin Not very bright conperson

    Michele Bachmann Fundie Xian Induced Cognitive Impairment

    Mark Sanford Adulterer, Stalker,

    Rush Limbaugh Three times divorced former drug addict

    Newt Gingrich Twice divorced adulterer

    This could go on for many pages. Fundie xian heroes don’t have feet of clay. They are made entirely out of mud.

  • Chiroptera

    …who was caught on tape kissing his part-time scheduler outside his Monroe, La., office….


    He was caught kissing his scheduler. In front of his office. In public. Where there are lots of people who know who he is. And that the person he’s kissing is not his wife.

    I mean, wow, even if people could give him a pass on his philandering, I would think that people would prefer less of an idiot in office.

    ‘Course this is the Republican Party we’re talking about, and they’re already pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • fifthdentist

    This is not without precedent. There was the Tennessee U.S. Republican “family values” rep. who was a gynecologist and impregnated two of his patients, whom he then bullied into having abortions.

    He was reelected, because you just couldn’t trust his Demo opponent, donchaknow.

    @ Raven, Mark Sanford was S.C., not Georgia. Although I’d give up a kidney for our Gov. Nathan Deal to be caught up in a (preferably restroom-foot-tapping) sex scandal.

  • Sastra

    Hypocritical far-right Christians have an ace-in-the-hole when they’re discovered contravening their own standards: the way their fellow Christians practically make a fetish over the concept of “forgiveness” when it comes to a fellow Christian.

    Many of these denominations apparently drill the followers over and over again on the inevitable sinful, backsliding nature of human beings … and the astonishing, incredible, glorious gift of forgiveness. Jesus Himself exemplifies God’s reminder that to forgive is the greatest of virtues. We sin and Jesus washes us clean when we repent. Do you doubt this?

    Show that you don’t. Demonstrate your faith in Christ through your faith in His message — and that’s going to mean forgiving each other when they publicly state that they have sought and found God’s mercy. And so on and so forth.

    It’s the perfect set-up.

  • raven

    We sin and Jesus washes us clean when we repent.

    Seems like xians have to sin. It’s mandatory.

    Otherwise, that means he died for nothing. If you have a get of hell free card, you might as well use it.

  • dingojack

    Mononucleosis is too good for this guy!


  • colnago80

    Apparently the estranged husband of the lady in question blames the Congresscritter for breaking up his marriage.

  • celcus

    Yes, yes, hypocrisy is only for Liberals.

    However, there appears to be a lot more going on behind the scenes of the lastest example. Lamar White is writing some of the most insightful stuff on LA politics follows the money:.

    “But while the national media gawks over the lurid details and focuses on Congressman McAllister’s rank hypocrisy, they’re missing the real scandal here: Who leaked the video, and was this leak purposely timed? After all, this video was recorded nearly four months ago, from inside the Congressman’s own district office.

    To borrow a horror movie cliche, the call was coming from inside the house.”

  • tuibguy

    Louisianian. Remember David Vitter? Guy is the front runner for governor.

  • Modusoperandi

    What better way to Serve the People than to stick your tongue in their mouths?

  • dugglebogey

    Someone told me this was a takedown attempt from within the GOP because this guy is a republican and supports the ACA.

  • Michael Heath

    It’s my personal perspective, humbly held, that adultery by conservative Christians is more harmful to their children than for those who don’t promote holier than thou attitudes and then fall short.

    As a teen-ager in the mid- to late-1970s, I still recall how conservative Christians spent so much energy hating on liberals in the 1960s to then quickly reverse course in the 1970s regarding their own sexual behavior as they joined in on the sexual revolution (the younger adults and middle-aged folks). A lot of my peers were badly damaged when their parents were caught cheating and in some cases, separated and divorced because of this. Their world was overthrown.

    That era was tough on a lot of young people across the spectrum given the social disruptions going on; and exhilarating for some as well, including me. But I see it as amplified inside the fundie environs since reality wasn’t supposed to be what was playing out in plain sight.

  • freehand

    Chiroptera: He was caught kissing his scheduler. In front of his office. In public.


    To be fair, I heard that they were in a stairwell. Because who knew stairwells had security video cameras? They certainly didn’t when I was a kid. You know, 50 years ago.

  • gardengnome

    “If there’s somebody more perfect than me who they support, it’s their will,” he said.

    He’s perfect! What more does he have to say?

  • democommie

    “They are made entirely out of mud.”

    It’s brown, it’s squishy–but it’s not mud.

  • Zeno

    He’ll be a mainstay of the Infidelity Caucus if he’s re-elected. (I hear it’s a bipartisan group.)