Freshman House Representative Vance McAllister from Louisiana, who won his seat in a special election with the help of endorsements from Phil and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, has admitted to having adulterous romantic contact with one of his Congressional aids.
Actually, it was hard to deny. McAllister was caught on tape kissing his aide, Melissa Peacock, for about thirty seconds. Monday, he admitted to the encounter and issued a typical apology:
There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether your a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.
From day one, I’ve always tried to be an honest man. I ran for congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don’t want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I’m very sorry for what I’ve done.
Yes. The problem is that you can’t make any political statement ever again, Mr. McAllister. Resign. Step down. Go make things right with your wife and kids. But don’t embarrass the good people who elected you by pretending you’re a different kind of politician anymore. If anything, you are worse than the transparent lechers we expect to be caught with whores and cocaine. You promised to be something different. You ran a campaign based on being righteous. But your wife and your family were just political tools, apparently. And every person who voted for you because of Duck Dynasty’s endorsement was duped. I am so tired of this happening over and over again.
Let me give Christian leaders a piece of advice: Don’t even try to put yourself in a position of leadership if you have major sin problems in your life. And if they arise in your life after you are in leadership, don’t wait to get found out. Just go ahead and tell all in your resignation letter.