Rep. Vance McAllister Cancels Appearance, Ruston Mayoral Candidate Stands-In

RUSTON, LA -- Congressman Vance McAllister backs out of a local appearance, just one week after a video was leaked of him kissing a woman other than his wife.

 North Central Louisiana Tea Party members in Ruston Monday evening were expecting Congressman McAllister to speak at their meeting, but just hours before the event organizers say he called to say he could not make it. McAllister told them he would be in family counseling all week.

"He was very apologetic. He was very personable. He said I really regret it that this thing has happened. He said, first things first right now is my family and getting everything worked out as best we can," says North Central Louisiana Tea Party leader Bob Flournoy. 

 Flournoy says Congressman McAllister did tell him he will not resign, because he does not want to leave the district without a representative. 

The meeting did still go on as planned.  Tea Party leaders and visitors heard from Ruston Mayoral Candidate Ronny Walker. The retired banker says economic development needs to be a focus in Ruston for the city to grow. 

"When you've been through the process of developing properties and things like that, you kind of see what you think needs to be done. Instead of griping about things, I feel like we need to get in and be a part of the change," says Ruston Mayoral Candidate Ronny Walker. 

 Walker is the only person to announce candidacy for the mayoral seat in Ruston. Long-time Mayor Dan Hollingsworth announced last month he will not seek re-election. The election is set for November. 

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