Own party asks 'Kissing' Louisiana congressman to resign

Published 04/10 2014 03:53PM

Updated 04/10 2014 03:55PM

Vance McAllister
Vance McAllister
The Louisiana Republican Party on Thursday called for the GOP congressman, Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., caught on tape kissing a former aide to resign, saying he has "embarrassed" the party, the state and Congress.

"Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation," said Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger F. Villere, Jr. in a statement. "He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress. A video showing him engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, on public time, in a public office, with one of his employees, was the focus of the national press for days. I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside."

The statement from Villere comes after sources told NBC yesterday that the state party chairman had been trying to get ahold of McAllister over the phone, but he was not responding to his calls.

The statement also comes as House Speaker John Boehner has said McAllister has "got decisions" he has to make about his future.

"I expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards, and this is no different," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Thursday. "I've talked to Representative McAllister...I have had a conversation with him. And he's got decisions he's got to make."

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