Family values, etc.
I'm a bit skeptical as to whether Republicans will really be able to pry Rep. Smoochie out of there, but apparently they're trying
Republicans are beginning to nudge GOP Rep. Vance McAllister out of Congress.
Just two days after video footage of him in a romantic encounter with a staffer became public, the state Republican chairman has tried unsuccessfully to reach McAllister by telephone to encourage him to resign, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. [...]
And the Louisiana Republican delegation — many of whom have not heard from McAllister or his staff since the scandal erupted — are beginning to sound sharply skeptical tones about his political future.
Apparently they're not keen on how he's been handling his scandal and are offended that he hasn't been talking to them and, let's face it, none of them are too keen on defending yet another congressman from yet another sex scandal. Majority Leader Eric Cantor has
talked to McAllister, and Speaker John Boehner says McAllister has "got decisions that he has to make." Well yes, yes he does.
That said, how much pressure can they really bring to bear? Yes, they can publicly humiliate him with calls for resignation, but this is the state that couldn't see fit to boot Sen. David Vitter for visiting prostitutes. All Smoochie here has to do is tape a Bible to his forehead and beg forgiveness. Will the members of his delegation be willing to press the point, or is this, too, just part of the necessary show?
10:00 AM PT: I guess the GOP chair got tired of waiting:
BREAKING: LOUISIANA GOP CHAIR calls for @RepMcAllister’s resignation.
10:14 AM PT: Now he's in trouble:
Arkansas? Now he's cheating on his whole state.
1:37 PM PT: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal calls on McAllister to resign:
“Congressman McAllister’s behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign,” said the Republican governor. “He says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress.”