State GOP, Jindal call for McAllister to quit

Gov. Bobby Jindal bolstered the Louisiana Republican Party’s call Thursday for U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister to resign in the wake of a “kissing congressman” controversy.

“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 governor said in a prepared statement.

Earlier in the day, the GOP made a similar request.

“Mr. McAllister’s extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics,” GOP state party chairman Roger Villere said in a prepared statement.

“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.”

Villere continued: “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.”

“We are praying for Mr. McAllister and the families that are involved,” he said.

Villere said he attempted “to resolve this matter privately and directly with Mr. McAllister, but his chief of staff chose to make this information public. Therefore, I have chosen to release this statement today.”