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Congressman Caught Kissing Aide Won’t Seek Re-election

Republican Rep. Vance McAllister
Republican Rep. Vance McAllister, right, and his wife Kelly, check in at Monroe Regional Airport on their way to Washington, in Monroe, La., Monday, April 28, 2014. Emerald Mcintyre—The News-Star/AP

Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican who focused on family values during his election campaign, says he will serve out the rest of his term but won't run for Congress again after he was caught on tape smooching a female aide

A married Republican Congressman from Louisiana who was caught on video kissing a female aide will not seek re-election.

“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 term,” Representative Vance McAllister said in a statement Tuesday.

The 40-year-old, who won a vacated seat in the House of Representatives in November, touted his Christian beliefs and family values during his election campaign. In the statement, he acknowledged that he has fallen short of those values.

“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,” he added.

McAllister’s wife flew with him to Washington, D.C., this week, and has said she is “behind him 100%” and that their marriage remains intact. The object of his illicit affections, however, has resigned from her post on his staff.

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