Transcript for Congressman Caught Kissing Staffer on Tape
Washington now. And the new congressman under fire after getting on camera kissing one of his staffers. The lawmaker speaking out this morning, asking his wife and kids to forgive him and save his job. ABC's Jeff Zeleny has the story. Reporter: Watch this surveillance video closely. That's married congressman, Vance Mcallister turning off the lights in his Louisiana office. Seconds later, he reappears with a woman believed to be on his staff. Then this, a kiss, nearly 30 seconds long. Mcallister's hometown newspaper posted the video Monday. The footage of the romantic encounter was recorded just two days before Christmas. One month earlier, the conservative republican was sworn into office, surrounded by his wife and five children. His campaign theme -- Faith, family and country. Reporter: Now, this morning, he's saying he's sorry. In a statement, Mcallister is apologizing saying, there's no doubt I've fallen short. And I'm asking for forgiveness. From god, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Mcallister gained attention in January when he brought his constituent and "Duck dynasty" TV star, Willie Robertson, as his guest to the state of the union address. We sat down with the congressman after he won his special election. He said he had never been to Washington. And promised he wouldn't fall into the ways of the city. You know, if I had a dollar for every time that I've been told, you're a good guy, don't let them change you, don't become one of them, I probably would have been able to be on my campaign a lot easier. The congressman missed two votes last night. And must now decide whether to run for re-election. He said he hopes to earn back the trust of everyone he's disappointed. That includes republican leaders who tell me they are furious by what one described as a boneheaded distraction. A lot of challenges to run against him, as well. Jeff, thanks very much.
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