GOP Rep To Run For Re-Election Despite Video Showing Him Kissing Staffer

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A view of the U.S. Capitol Building's Rotunda after a vote on Capitol Hill on Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A view of the U.S. Capitol Building’s Rotunda after a vote on Capitol Hill on Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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BATON ROUGE, La. (CBSDC/AP) — Freshman U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister says he’s asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a woman who wasn’t his wife.

In a statement issued Monday, the Republican congressman said, “There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness.”

Despite the scandal, McAllister tells the Monroe News-Star that he is still running for re-election ““unless there is an outcry for me not to serve, and so far there has been an outpouring of support, not for my actions, but for me to continue to represent the people.”

“I have fallen short as a husband and a father, and I feel more ashamed than you can imagine,” McAllister told the News-Star. “I’ve asked them for forgiveness, and I’m asking forgiveness from my constituents who elected me to serve them.”

The Ouachita Citizen posted a video Monday of what it said was Dec. 23 surveillance video from inside McAllister’s congressional office in Monroe, showing McAllister and a member of his staff.

“I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed,” McAllister said.

McAllister has represented Louisiana’s 5th District since November. He attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the “Duck Dynasty” reality TV show.

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