Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Another "family values" Republican gets caught with his pants down

By Michael J.W. Stickings

These right-wing theocrats are just an endless source of hypocrisy, aren't they?

Freshman GOP Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana -- who ran for office as a principled conservative Christian -- has been caught on video in a romantic encounter with a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas.

The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe, La., posted a Dec. 23 surveillance video purportedly from inside McAllister's district office in Monroe.

The video shows McAllister kissing a woman identified by the newspaper as a congressional staffer for the first-term lawmaker. Federal payroll records show she is a part-time aide who began working for McAllister the day after he won his seat last year.

McAllister won a special election on Nov. 16 to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.). McAllister won in the heavily Republican district by playing up his conservative credentials, including his Christian faith and his 16-year marriage.

Yes, that's right, as the Citizen reports:

Throughout last fall's congressional campaign, McAllister, a Republican from Swartz, touted his Christian faith and in one television commercial, he asked voters to pray for him. At least two other campaign television commercials featured McAllister walking hand in hand with his wife, Kelly, while their five children walked along. One television commercial captured the McAllister family in the kitchen of their home preparing breakfast before attending church.

By the way, in this case, "principled conservative Christian" (as Politico put it), means Duck Dynasty-loving anti-gay bigot (euphemism: "traditional marriage" enthusiast), flag-waving scoundrel-patriot, and shameless (until caught) hypocrite.

But of course it usually does as far as Republicans are concerned.

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