Vance McAllister

Louisiana’s 5th District ballot is filling up, with five contenders signed on to challenge embattled incumbent Vance McAllister. Zach Dasher, the nephew of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, qualified for the race Thursday.

Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife. 

Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.  

JR Ball, NOLA.com's news manager in Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy. 


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Governor Bobby Jindal is calling for the resignation of Louisiana congressman Rep. Vance McAllister, who was videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife.

Jindal called Rep. McAllister’s behavior "an embarrassment." The governor said today in a statement that if McAllister wants privacy as he's claimed, "the best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."

McAllister's office says "as of now, there are no plans of resignation."

Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.

McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.

State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP,  had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.

And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner.

Political Rookie Pulls Off Surprise Win In Louisiana

Nov 19, 2013

Republicans are still trying to make sense of Saturday's election results in Louisiana.

In an upset, GOP political newcomer Vance McAllister handily defeated fellow Republican Neil Riser Saturday in a special election runoff that tested the party's approach toward Obamacare.

Riser had the backing of the Republican establishment and Tea Party groups. McAllister was buoyed by endorsements from two local African-American leaders and the family featured in the popular reality television series Duck Dynasty.