Late last night, Roger Villere, Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, demanded that United States Senator David Vitter immediately resign from office, only hours after Villere called for the resignation of another Louisiana Republican, Congressman Vance McAllister. “The Louisiana Republican Party must be a party of principle. Both Congressman McAllister and Senator Vitter have admitted to engaging in actions that betrayed not only their families but also the citizens who entrusted them with their votes. It does not matter if these actions occurred four months ago or four years ago or even ten years ago; as Republicans, if we are to be credible, we must be consistent.”
Earlier this week, Congressman Vance McAllister admitted to having an affair with staffer Melissa Peacock, following the release of surveillance footage from the Congressman’s district office that showed him kissing Mrs. Peacock in a dark room and then escorting her through the office and to her car. In November, McAllister, who represents Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District, stunned political observers when he soundly defeated State Senator Neil Riser, a fellow Republican who was heavily favored and had the endorsements of several high-profile state and national Republican leaders. Many attribute McAllister’s upset victory to the support of Phil and Willie Robertson of the hit reality television show “Duck Dynasty.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere called McAllister’s Chief of Staff, Adam Terry, to demand the Congressman’s resignation. According to Politico, Villere became so emotional during the call that he had to hang up. Quoting (bold mine):
When Louisiana GOP chairman Roger Villere Jr. left a message for McAllister, he heard back from the congressman’s chief of staff, Adam Terry. A source familiar with the call said it was “heated” and that the chairman hung up.
“It’s been a trying week for our party,” Villere said. “I’ve been praying for guidance non-stop. I realized as a man of God and as the leader of our state’s party, I would be a hypocrite if I demanded the resignation of a duly-elected Congressman because he was caught kissing a woman other than his wife and didn’t also demand the resignation of Senator Vitter, who admitted, in so many words, to soliciting prostitutes. I can’t ask for one man to resign for kissing a woman, which is not a crime, and then stand behind another man who has committed a crime.”
Villere stated that he would be submitting a formal written letter of demand to both Congressman McAllister and Senator Vitter on Friday. “It was a mistake for the Louisiana Republican Party to stand behind Senator Vitter in 2007. I know Governor Jindal probably regrets what he said at the time,” Villere said, referring to then-Congressman Jindal’s statement that Vitter’s affairs with prostitutes should not be “used by others for their own political gain.”
Villere claimed his decision has been painful and could potentially cost him his job. “As the leader of our state’s party, I have to make tough decisions. It’s time to clean house. As long as I am chairman, we are going to be the party that champions family values, in both words and actions.”
Editor’s note: Just joking. Roger Villere would never ask for David Vitter to resign.
I can’t believe Lamar stole my idea! LOL
What about what happen in Shreveport, Roger?
Mr. Villere better get ready to have any and all of his own transgressions fully aired.
I hate to see him lose his job as head of Louisiana’s Republican Party because he is the best thing the Democrats have going for them. with all due respect to Buddy Leach..
Moon Griffon was talking about this post on his show today. He reported it as “truth” until someone pointed out your disclaimer. Said you were a childish amateur for posting this.
That’s HILARIOUS. You made my day. That said, I think it was completely unprofessional of him to call me a “childish amateur,” considering that he obviously did not read this piece before running with the headline. I reached out to Mr. Griffon personally for a response. As funny as it is that he reported satire as fact, he should not have disparaged me to his entire audience, and I gotta stand up for myself on this. I hope he does the right thing and apologizes. I’ve never been unfair to him.
Don’t expect to hear from him anytime soon, Lamar. I contacted him when he attacked me on his rinky-dink show one time a few years back. My cousin tipped me off and I listened to the podcast to hear what he actually said before contacting him. I find it impossible to actually listen to his show. Like other bullies and Rush Limbaugh wannabes, he would never admit having been wrong about anything. You should consider his attack on you a compliment at best and humorous at worst.
Now Governor Jindal has piled on. McAllister is toast and he may as well admit it, resign, and enjoy his multi-million dollar lifestyle along with his duck guy buddies. He may have lost his reputation as a saint and his best friend, but he’s still got a ton of money and money and time heal all wounds – or insert the platitude of your choice.
Does it matter that McAllister got caught while a sitting Congressman while Vitter’s actions took place years before he became Senator? Does cheating on a spouse mean one should never hold public office?
Now this ridiculous story has found its way to Yahoo News where people from all over the world are using it as a sounding board. The only positive effect is the potential that a brighter light will be shined on the utter hypocrisy of the Republican machine. My post there was: I live in McAllister’s district, though, thanks to gerrymandering, far from Monroe, Start, Olla, etc. and closer to Baton Rouge. The best statement in this article is; “Many are as eager to speculate how a local newspaper got video of McAllister kissing Melissa Peacock as they are to opine on the dalliance itself.” There is a really good reason for this. McAllister bucked the system, running against and defeating the person the Republican political machine, including Presidential aspirant and Governor Bobby Jindal, anointed to fill a seat the sitting congressman abandoned to be rewarded with a department head position by Governor Jindal. While calling for McAllister’s blood, these good folks still support Senator Vitter who committed an actual crime. These people have carried hypocrisy to its highest level. So, a kiss is just a kiss, but a political assassination is a killing. Bottom-line: There is no story here other than the political one and it is nasty.
Vitter’s actions occurred when he was a Congressman.
Indeed, Lamar is right. Vitter was a US Representative when he hooked up with a hooker. He was elected in a special election to replace Bob Livingston.
Bob resigned when it became known he had had an affair. So at least we have one example of a Congressman doing the right thing.
This proves that our state is full of idiots.