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Republican Rep. Vance McAllister, forever immortalized on security camera footage as the "kissing congressman," has decided not to seek re-election, according to the Monroe News-Star. He does, however, say he won't resign and plans to finish out his term.

Last year, McAllister, a wealthy businessman who owns an oil company and several restaurant franchises, won a major upset in a special election to replace ex-Rep. Rodney Alexander in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District. McAllister defeated a fellow Republican, state Sen. Neil Riser, who had the backing of the entire GOP establishment. But in part by campaigning in favor of accepting federal Medicaid expansion funds, McAllister prevailed in the runoff, which was open to voters of all parties. (McAllister was also endorsed by Willie Robertson, star of the popular reality show Duck Dynasty, which is based in the district.)

In his very brief tenure, McAllister's most notable pre-scandal moment came in January, when he declared that his new job as a congressman "sucks" and "ain't no fun." Perhaps a bit presciently, though, he also added, "But the day I start enjoying it in Washington, D.C., is the day that I should come home."

And now, indeed, he'll be coming home for good. Earlier this month, an unknown someone with an axe to grind leaked a video of McAllister making out with a staffer at his district office in Monroe. Both McAllister and the aide are married (to other people, natch). Even in notoriously forgiving Louisiana, the fact that the indiscretion was actually caught on tape was just too much, particularly since McAllister ran as a family values Christian conservative, and high-level Republicans quickly called for his resignation.

McAllister, though, initially struck a defiant tone and insisted he'd stay in office and even run for another term. But sharks started to gather and one Republican candidate had already launched a campaign to unseat the incumbent, with many others still considering. (In this dark red district, a Republican is all but certain to succeed McAllister.) Evidently, McAllister finally succumbed to reality, realizing his chances at winning another term were remote at best. The scrutiny probably wasn't much fun, either. And now it's time we all blow him a kiss good-bye.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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    by David Nir on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:08:48 AM PDT

  •  April's been a bad month for GOP....and it ain't (5+ / 0-)

    over yet.

  •  not dark red (6+ / 0-)

    Look at the recent history and demographics of this district. It has a very  large African American population. No other Republican held district in the country has a higher proportion of African American voters. The predecessor to McAllister was a former Democrat who switched parties after being elected to Congress. McAllister publicly supported Obamacare. It is the utter failure of the State Democratic party and the lack of support they get from big money Dems nationally that accounts for the poor showing in this District. A good Dem candidate who campaigned aggressively against a Jindal croney could win. This district would be held by Dems if we had a true 50 state strategy and spent money wisely instead of just unnecessarily padding Hilary's Pac war chest.

    Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

    by bywaterbob on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:20:45 AM PDT

  •  "They were young, beautiful, in love, and married. (8+ / 0-)

    But not to each other."

    I can't help thinking that Looziana is probably a lot less forgiving of Dems.

  •  OT...but (3+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, shoeless, Matt Z

    "They want to say that conservatives are racist. Conservatives hate women," Hannity said Thursday.

    "Conservatives want old people to die, granny over the cliff.

    They want the young people to fend for themselves.

    They want to poison the air and poison the water."

    umm  they are not?

    I don't think they WANT to poison the air and poison the water, they just don't care enough to lower their profits.

    I don't think they want old people to die, they just don't want to pay any taxes to keep them alive.

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:24:58 AM PDT

  •  Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, RightHeaded

    Okay, may it could have, but he definitely deserved this.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:25:06 AM PDT

    •  How? What do you know about McAllister? (1+ / 0-)
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      He's a Republican, but one of the more openly moderate and non-confrontational Republicans in Congress right now.

      "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

      by ArkDem14 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:30:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Kissing Kongressman,... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...his new Redstate moniker.  

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:26:06 AM PDT

  •  I guess I'll repost this (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's a comment from another thread, mainly given here for front-pagers to get some background on LA-05:

    And a major source of hypocrisy for establishment Republicans who have long stood or been tacitly silent when other Republicans engaged in marital infidelity. What this means, unfortunately, is the likelihood of getting yet another ineffective fire-breathing tea-party flavored fiscal social-con, is much more likely, if not a near certainty now, as McAllister's coalition was pretty unique, made up of white liberals, black Democrats, rural traditional values voters, and moderate urban business leaders. I for one don't look forward to Jay Morris or, worst case scenario, Mike Walsworth deciding not to pass up an opportunity this time after Riser proved to be a paper tiger last time around. Walsworth is particularly offensive. (This is the guy who asked a scientist if any of the E. Coli bacteria had evolved into humans). Walsworth is just as much a firebreather as Riser, but less establishment and more renown for being unpleasant and underhanded (most of my local connections agree with speculation he was behind the release of the secret video footage on the Ouachita Citizen that brought McAllister's promising career down).

    "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

    by ArkDem14 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:31:21 AM PDT

  •  Republican family values... (0+ / 0-)

    ...are such a joke.  Just admit you're human and make mistakes like the rest of us.

    by LazyActivism on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:51:33 AM PDT

  •  Glad he is staying put for now (0+ / 0-)

    If they put a replacement in that would that help that person in the next election.

  •  In the "old days" there was a word called "shame" (2+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet, stagemom

    Now,they just go onto prosper and ask for forgiveness from a bunch of indoctrinated idiots.  Their wives they use like a dish towel to mop up their messes and to use as a prop.  Suddenly "for the sake of the children" they want their privacy.  This has been used too many times by them.  To actually believe they are sincere is a folly.  They are just a bunch of takers and users and liars.  

  •  por favor ... (0+ / 0-)

    learning to use new option, called thruster.
    i get to go priddy fast !
    but i get behind on keeping up, so it would help
    to have a clue a reminder a hint for us g-birds
    (mil joke, or bird joke -- can't say):

    STATE in reference, please.
    (i dint forget. i just cant rember.)

    (if you see cousin Lou, tell im i said "THANKS.")

    ... what STATE is rep from, senor ? in title would be good.
    muchas gracias !!

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 03:54:16 PM PDT

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