Kissing Congressman Tells Eric Cantor: No, I Won’t Resign

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April 29, 2014 4:50 p.m.

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) said on Tuesday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) had asked him to resign and, according to McAllister, the response was a very clear “no.”

Cantor had asked his fellow congressman to resign after McAllister was caught on tape kissing a staffer who is not his wife.

On Tuesday, Politico reported reported the meeting had taken place and Cantor confirmed he’d asked McAllister to resign.

Here’s McAllister’s statement:

I did meet with Leader Cantor this morning. He asked me why I would want to put myself through this for the next eight months if I’m not running for reelection. He did ask me to consider resigning, but I respectfully disagree with him and my family is behind my decision. I do not feel it’s in my constituents’ best interest to leave them without representation for the second time in less than a year. My district deserves a voice and a fair election process, not an expensive potential special election that benefits the establishment.

A day earlier, McAllister announced he would not seek re-election this year.

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