Rep. Vance McAllister wants the FBI to investigate the release of a security video catching the Christian values congressman kissing a member of his staff. McAllister's chief of staff told the Monroe News-Star that his office would send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday requesting an investigation. Chief of staff Adam Terry called the leaked video a "serious breach,” of security. Terry added, "Clearly, what the congressman did was wrong, and he’s taking responsibility for his actions. However, a breach in security in a federal office is a grave concern for us.”
The grainy video, from the McAllister's Monroe district office in Louisiana, shows the married Republican kissing a member of his staff, who is also married. It was leaked to a local paper by an anonymous source, and posted online. Shortly after, McAllister admitted to the affair and apologized, while vowing to remain in office. However, the staffer lost her job with the Congressman's office shortly after.
Although the video itself isn't exactly the most racy piece of sex scandal evidence to hit an elected official in recent memory, the severity of the affair is exacerbated by McAllister's claims to be a "values" Republican. His campaign last November to win his freshman term in the House focused heavily on his Christian faith and family commitments. He was probably best-known, until now, for bringing one of the stars of Duck Dynasty to President Obama's State of the Union address, following a controversy over the conservative beliefs of the reality show family.
To help McAllister try to change focus from his indiscretion to the identity of the leaker, a local pastor came forward to the News-Star to say that he knows who the leaker was: McAllister's current office manager. Christian Life Church pastor Danny Chance also claimed that there's a "conspiracy" to remove McAllister from office:
"I’m not taking up for the congressman; what he did was wrong...But I just feel like there is a conspiracy to bring Vance down and destroy him. For someone on his staff to do that is wrong.”
Although the staffer in question didn't speak to the paper, Terry did tell the News-Star that he was aware of the allegation and has spoken to the staffer. She denied involvement, he added, and she remained employed by the congressman as of Tuesday.
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