Leah Gordon, staff member of congressman Vance McAllister and the one accused of leaking the video showing McAllister kissing his district scheduler, resigned Wednesday, the NewsStar in Monroe, LA reported.
McAllister’s chief of staff confirmed Gordon’s resignation to the Associated Press. He said Gordon, who was McAllister’s Monroe district office manager, resigned and was not fired.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, McAllister was caught on surveillance video kissing Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, his district scheduler and wife of his friend and prominent donor Heath Peacock. He is married and has five children.
Heath Peacock told CNN, “I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I love my wife so much, 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.”
The video was was originally given to the Ouachita Citizen.
After McAllister learned the video would be put on the newspaper’s website, he issued a statement and asked for forgiveness.
“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. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you’re a husband, a father or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed. From day one, I’ve always tried to be an honest man. I ran for congress to make a difference and not just be another politician.
“I don’t want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to to say that I’m very sorry for what I’ve done. While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we go through this.”
McAllister is under pressure to resign from pro-family groups that he touted during his campaign. He ran on being a devout Christian, family values candidate, and his 16-year marriage.
He brought “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson as his guest to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. The reality television family also endorsed McAllister in his bid.
On McAllister’s campaign website, he wrote, “I am running for U.S. Congress to ensure our conservative Louisiana values are protected. Explore my site to learn more about my campaign and ways to get involved.”
McAllister represents the 5th district of Louisiana.