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?