A West Monroe minister says U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister’s Monroe District Office manager leaked the video of the congressman’s tryst with a former staff member who isn’t the congressman’s wife.Both Walsworth and Gordon deny Chance's claim, but even if they did release the video, how on Earth can anybody blame them for McAllister's problems? It's not like they forced him to kiss his staffer. But as ridiculous as this line of defense is, McCallister's staff seem prepared to use it, saying they are investigating the tape's release and consulting with lawyers to determine whether or not any laws were broken in the release of the video.
Danny Chance, pastor of Christian Life Church, also said Monroe District Office manager Leah Gordon said she was taking the video to state Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, and Jonathan Johnson, who worked for former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Ruston.
“I’m not taking up for the congressman; what he did was wrong,” said Chance, who said he didn’t know if Gordon ever took the video to Walsworth and Johnson. “But I just feel like there is a conspiracy to bring Vance down and destroy him. For someone on his staff to do that is wrong.”
“We are conducting our own investigation to seek out who leaked the video and determine our actions once we get all of the facts,” [McAllister chief of staff Adam] Terry said. “Clearly, what the congressman did was wrong and he’s taking responsibility for his actions. However, a breach in security in a federal office is a grave concern for us.”Reviewing the law? Really? The only thing that could make this situation any crazier is if McCallister tried to press charges against the individual or individuals who exposed his behavior. You have to figure that won't play well.
Terry said he isn’t clear about whether federal law was broken with the release of the video.
“We discuss that with attorneys who are reviewing the law,” he said.
Meanwhile, the husband of the staffer with whom McAllister was caught cheating said the congressman had "wrecked" his life and that he and his wife were "headed for divorce."