April 8, 2014 at 11:29 am EDT | by Chris Johnson
‘Duck Dynasty’-endorsed lawmaker caught in extramarital kiss
Vance McAllister, Republican Party, Louisiana, United States House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, gay news, Washington Blade

A video shows Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) apparently caught in a kiss with a congressional staffer (Photo public domain).

A Louisiana Republican who won his seat in Congress following an endorsement from a star on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” was apparently caught on camera in an extramarital kiss with a woman identified as his congressional staffer.

In a recording of a surveillance video obtained by The Ouachita Citizen, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is purportedly seen on camera in an extramarital kiss with a woman identified as his congressional staffer, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock. According to the citizen, the video was taken on Dec. 23 inside his congressional office — five weeks after McAllister assumed office.

McAllister married his spouse, Kelly Duncan McAllister, in 1997. Peacock is also married and she and her husband donated money to McAllister’s campaign.

According to a statement obtained by multiple media outlets, McAllister is asking for forgiveness for his actions.

“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness,” McAllister reportedly said. “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 your a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”

McAllister is a freshman member of Congress after winning a special election last year, so he doesn’t have a significant record on LGBT issues. However, he campaigned for office in opposition to same-sex marriage and has not co-sponsored a single piece of pro-LGBT legislation.

The Louisiana Republican invited “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson as his guest to the 2014 State of the Union address following controversial anti-gay remarks made by co-star Phil Robertson.

Willie Robertson endorsed McAllister during his special election campaign.

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