This week in Republican hypocrisy. Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister, family man, Deep South resident, smoocher of married staff members. And it was all caught on camera. You may remember the congressman. He’s been featured on TheBlot before. Remember that jackass that invited a cast member from the reality show “Duck Dynasty” to the last State of the Union? All done right in the middle of the show’s public relations nightmare over homophobic statements by one of its stars? That was our Vance. But why not let the congressman introduce himself: Well, in case you were wondering, people still throw around the phrase “family man” in a non-ironic sort of way. In this rather monotone statement, what are we supposed to take away? First, he hates Obamacare. Quelle Surprise. Secondly, he loves his family, giant logs and poorly fitted dress shirts. Now let’s look at another video of the self-proclaimed “family man”: In a surveillance video that looks like it was shot from a military helicopter, McAllister, who has been serving in Congress for a little over a month, is seen kissing a married staffer.
The first reaction from his congressional office? Pursue an FBI investigation to find out who leaked that video. Because getting the FBI involved is really the best way to deal with a scandal in Washington, D.C. Well, his staff quickly dropped that bone-headed request and trotted out the token “gosh, I’m really, really sorry, please forgive me/the devil made me do it” bullshit statement: “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my constituents who elected me to serve. I’ve always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not just be another politician.”
God and forgiveness? That’s easy. Your constituents and your party? That’s another thing altogether. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal pulled no punches with the following statement: “Congressman McAllister’s behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign. He says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress.”
The Republican Party of Louisiana was even less patient with McAllister: “Mr. McAllister’s extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics,” Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere Jr. said a few hours earlier. “A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation. He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress. A video showing him engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, on public time, in a public office, with one of his employees, was the focus of the national press for days. I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside.”
The Washington Post provides an over/under assessment, concluding that the congressman’s odds at surviving “Smoochgate” are not great.
Meanwhile, gays continue to destroy the sanctity of marriage.