Own Party Asks 'Kissing' Congressman to Resign

Vance McAllister
Newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waits for House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio to join him for a ceremonial swearing-in, on Nov. 21, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.AP

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday joined a growing number of Republicans calling for the resignation of Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., after he was caught on tape kissing a former aide.

"Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign,” the GOP governor said in a statement. “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."

Jindal’s statement came just hours after the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party said McAllister has “embarrassed” the party and needs to step down.

"Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation," Chairman Roger F. Villere, Jr. said in a statement. "He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress…I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside."

Sources told NBC yesterday that the state party chairman had been trying to get ahold of McAllister over the phone, but he was not responding to his calls.

House Speaker John Boehner has said McAllister has "got decisions" he has to make about his future.

"I expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards, and this is no different," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Thursday. "I've talked to Representative McAllister...I have had a conversation with him. And he's got decisions he's got to make."