Rep. Vance McAllister, a freshman Republican congressman from Louisiana who made his Baptist faith a central focus of his campaign for Congress, has been making out in the dark with a staffer who was not his wife, according to surveillance video released today.
The surveillance film, embedded below, actually dates from two days before last Christmas, according to the Ouachita Citizen, McAllister's hometown paper, which received the video from an anonymous source and published it today.
The paper also managed to identify the paramour in McAllister's "extramarital encounter":
The incident occurred at roughly 1:39 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2013, inside McAllister's congressional office at 1900 Stubbs Ave., Suite B, in Monroe.
The woman who McAllister, 40, was caught kissing for almost half a minute is Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, 33, of 400 Zachary Way, Sterlington. She is McAllister's district scheduler.
Neither the congressman nor his scheduler commented to the paper, but they noted that Peacock—"a self-described cosmetologist"—donated $5,200 to McAllister's campaign last year. Both parties are married; McAllister and his wife of a decade and a half have five children. Here is a photo of him with his wife, Kelly, on the campaign trail last fall:
McAllister won a special election last November to get to Congress, and the word on the street was that he'd been living it up in DC ever since. The Citizen added that McAllister's behavior seemed especially rich, given his moral positioning:
Throughout last fall's congressional campaign, McAllister, a Republican from Swartz, touted his Christian faith and in one television commercial, he asked voters to pray for him. At least two other campaign television commercials featured McAllister walking hand in hand with his wife, Kelly, while their five children walked along. One television commercial captured the McAllister family in the kitchen of their home preparing breakfast before attending church.
McAllister and his wife have been married for 16 years.
McAllister told The Ouachita Citizen during last fall's campaign that he would not shy from stressing his Christian faith. McAllister and his family are members at North Monroe Baptist Church. That faith prepared him for public service, he said during an interview.
"You don't achieve goals by compromising your integrity but by building relationships on respect," McAllister said.
"We have to love our neighbor, which is the most bipartisan you can be," McAllister told The Ouachita Citizen at the time.
Love those neighbors, America. Love them so hard.