Married U.S. lawmaker caught kissing staffer won't seek re-election

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Posted: Apr 28, 2014 1:43 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Vance McAllister of Louisiana, caught on camera this month passionately kissing a staffer, has decided not to seek re-election to a second term, his office confirmed on Monday.

The News-Star newspaper in Monroe, Louisiana, reported his decision to leave Congress once his current term expires in December. A staff member in McAllister's office in Washington confirmed the report but did not elaborate.

McAllister apologized this month after a Louisiana newspaper posted a surveillance video showing him in a passionate embrace with his scheduler, Melissa Peacock, in his Louisiana office. Peacock has resigned.

McAllister had earlier rejected a number of calls to resign from fellow Republicans, including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. His staffer resigned shortly after the video of her and the congressman was released.

(Reporting By Lisa Bose McDermott and Thomas Ferraro; editing by Doina Chiacu)