Once again, the Louisiana Republican Party, as well as the national party, finds itself on a political hot seat – thanks to U.S. Rep Vance McAllister.
The newly elected married congressman from the 5th District was caught on tape kissing a staffer in his Monroe office, who is also married – and to a longtime friend.
by Tyler Bridges of The Lens
(First published on the Lens)
Mayor Mitch Landrieu is facing a big budget squeeze.
Courts have ruled that the city of New Orleans must pay millions of dollars to shore up the firefighters pension fund, upgrade the parish prison’s abominable conditions and reform the police force.
As if saving his public reputation, reconciling with his family, and fending off the calls for his resignation from LAGOP Chairman Roger Villere and Gov. Bobby Jindal was not enough, Vance McAllister faces new challenges in only a few months.
Since the Congressman Vance McAllister kissing bomb went off last week, the nation's attention has been on Monroe, Louisiana and the fifth congressional district. While there is no question what happened - McAllister was caught on camera kissing Mrs. Peacock - there are many remaining questions with only few clues.
For instance, we do not yet know for certain who dunnit--used what appears to be a smart phone to video the security screen. Nor do we know the motivation for the camera shooting, nor details regarding the release of the video.
With the sexual indiscretion of Republican Rep. Vance McAllister has come calls from some prominent Republicans for him to resign, which has spawned charges of hypocrisy from prominent Democrats. But going beneath the surface of the matter blunts, if not invalidates, the latter’s claim.
Is it that the out-of-state candidates for the Press Secretary of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal so much smarter or more knowledgeable about Louisiana and Louisiana-centric issues than those individuals who were born and bred in the state?
What can Congressman Vance McAllister do to revive his political career or is he "toast"?
In Part 2 of a Bayoubuzz interview with the reporter for the Monroe News Star, Greg Hilburn, covering the sex-political scandal and breaking many of the stories as this saga unfolds, the conversation turned to the political fallout and what must the congressman do if he wants to survive elective office
Although the Louisiana gubernatorial election is roughly eighteen months away, there is always plenty to discuss, especially when there is a recently-released poll to talk about.