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Apr 9, 2014 11:35 PM by ap

GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The chairman of Louisiana's Republican Party is asking U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister to resign after the GOP congressman was captured on tape kissing another man's wife.

A person close to the state GOP told The Associated Press that party chairman Roger Villere was trying to convince McAllister to step aside immediately. The source asked not to be named because Villere hadn't spoken directly with McAllister and conversations continue with the congressman's staff.

McAllister appealed for privacy Wednesday "during this difficult period" since a video surfaced two days earlier of him kissing the woman.

A north Louisiana newspaper said the video it posted was Dec. 23 surveillance video from inside McAllister's office in Monroe. The woman, identified as Melissa Peacock, resigned Monday from McAllister's congressional payroll.

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