Covering Louisiana

Apr 11, 2014 5:43 AM by Bill Barrow

La. congressman rebuffs calls for his resignation

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister has stayed out of sight as calls grow louder from Republicans back home demanding the GOP congressman's resignation after he was caught on video kissing the wife of a friend.

McAllister's office vowed that he intended to stay in office - for now. As for questions about whether he would stand for re-election in November, those were dodged.

Married and the father of five children, McAllister has not been seen in public since the video surfaced. He has missed several votes in the Capitol, including one on the Republican budget for the coming fiscal year.

The state's Republican governor and party chairman want McAllister to step down.

Gov. Bobby Jindal called the congressman's behavior an embarrassment. Party chairman Roger Villere accused McAllister of "extreme hypocrisy."

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