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Apr 28, 2014 3:41 PM by Dave Fields

McAllister releases official statement about decision not to run for reelection

"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," Rep. Vance McAllister said Monday.

Vance McAllister had been the subject of an extra-marital controversy involving a former staffer. Cell phone surveillance video showed McAllister kissing one of his congressional aides.

"The past few weeks have been a trying time for my family. As I've said before, there's no doubt I've made a mistake. 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. I have taken this time to reconcile with my wife and kids and I'm forever grateful for their support and forgiveness. The people of the Fifth District of Louisiana need and deserve a voice in Washington," explained McAllister, whose announcement not to run for re-election met with the approval of LA GOP Chair Roger Villere. Villere also released a statement earlier today.

"While I would have liked to see Rep. McAllister close this chapter sooner, I was happy to hear of his decision to do what is best for his family and his constituents. Now that this situation is behind us, I am confident that voters in the 5th District will choose a strong conservative candidate in November," said LAGOP Chair Roger Villere.

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