Michelle Southern reporting.
Vance McAllister says he will not seek re-election this fall but he will finish out this term. The US Rep. from Swartz and father of five has been shrouded in controversy since a video leaked of him making out with a woman who wasn't his wife.
"I'm absolutely stunned that Representative McAllister has decided not to seek re-election," said ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley. "Because it appeared that he had largely weathered the storm."
Stockley says no other allegations against McAllister had surfaced since his initial scandal and only the Governor and Louisiana GOP chairman had called for his resignation.
He says there's got to be a good reason for this change of heart for McAllister.
"Either he's decided that his family and kids are more important or being a businessman is more important," said Stockley. "Maybe he decided he doesn't want to be an elected official that badly."
Below is the full statement from McAllister:
"The past few weeks have been a trying time for my family. As I've
said before, there's no doubt I've made a mistake. I've failed those I
care most about and let down the people who elected me to represent
them. I take full responsibility for this personal failure and I'm truly
sorry for what I've done. I have taken this time to reconcile with my
wife and kids and I'm forever grateful for their support and
forgiveness. The people of the Fifth District of Louisiana need and
deserve a voice in Washington. Today, I am announcing that I will not
seek re-election, but I will continue to be that voice and will uphold
the office to which I was elected to serve for the remainder of my
Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere says he would have liked to see McAllister resign from the 5th Congressional District seat sooner, but he's happy to hear of his decision not to run again.
Below is the full statement from Villere:
“While I would have liked to see Rep. McAllister close this chapter sooner, I was happy to hear of his decision to do what is best for his family and his constituents. Now that this situation is behind us, I am confident that voters in the 5th District will choose a strong conservative candidate in November.”