'Kissing Congressman' to Seek Re-Election

Image: Vance McAllister
This photo taken Nov. 21, 2013 shows then-newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. waiting to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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 female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

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Republican Rep. Vance McAllister, who was caught on camera kissing a married staffer earlier this year, announced Monday he has changed his mind and will run for re-election this fall.

“After consulting with my wife and family, I have made a decision to run for re-election for the 5th Congressional District. Without a doubt this decision comes after much thought and prayer,” McAllister said in a statement.

The Louisiana congressman said in April he would not seek re-election after a local newspaper obtained video of him kissing a married member of his staff in his district office.

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