Vance McAllister, the disgraced Louisiana congressman that was caught by surveillance camera making out with his staffer, gets to keep his job while the woman has been taken off the payroll, according to News-Star.
On Monday, surveillance video, which shows McAllister kissing his scheduler, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock — who is married — was released by Ouachita Citizen. The congressman admitted he was the man seen on the video and apologized to his constituents in a statement:
“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”
Fifth Congressional District Representative, Vance McAllister, campaigned for office last fall as a devout Christian and family man.
Meanwhile, McAllister’s former staffer, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock’s husband Heath, told CNN that he is “devastated” by the developments involving his wife:
“I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I’m going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare. He has wrecked my life.”
Heath Peacock and his wife — who have a six-year-old son, are now headed for divorce, according to the distraught husband’s statement.
McAllister’s chief of staff stated Peacock has been removed from the payroll, but the congressman said he has no plan to resign from his position and plans to seek reelection in the fall:
“…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.”
McAllister’s office insist Peacock resigned and was not fired, as initial media reports suggested.
In other developments, the search for the person who leaked the security camera video — recorded on December 23, 2013 — is on and Bill Land, the owner of the building were the kiss took place, told Politico none of his employees provided the now infamous footage to the media and believes one of McAllister’s own aides is responsible for the leak.
On Tuesday, House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R-VA) said he was pleased by Vance McAllister’s apology and does not expect the congressman to resign.
“I will say that the American people deserve all of their representatives here in Washington to hold to a very high standard of behavior.” Cantor said of troubled congressman Vance McAllister’s behavior.
[Image via Vance McAllister Campaign]