UPDATE: Reaction to McAllister Decision Not to Seek Re-election

UPDATE:  Governor Bobby Jindal Released the following statement:


"This is a positive development. While we still believe the best course of action would have been for Congressman McAllister to resign so he can focus on his family, we are pleased Congressman McAllister and constituents in the district can begin the process of putting this unfortunate situation behind them."



UPDATE: Representative Robert Johnson released the following statement:


The shame and humiliation that Congressman Vance McAllister has heaped on himself, his family, our congressional district and Louisiana are reasons enough for him to resign.


The real reason that the Congressman McAllister should resign is because he is not doing his job.



On April 17, 2014, I sent a letter to Congressman McAllister asking him for his help on a critical issue for Central Louisiana. In that letter, I explained that the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville, a facility that provides people in central Louisiana with critically needed health care, was in danger because of a scheme by Governor Bobby Jindal to close the hospital and replace it with a dubious public-private partnership.



I asked Congressman McAllister to lend his weight to my opposition to SCR 48 in order to keep Huey P. Long Medical Center open on behalf of the working poor of Central Louisiana.



It’s been 11 days since I wrote. As of this writing, I have yet to hear a word from him or his staff.



In the past, I was able to call the office of Congressman Rodney Alexander and, at the very least, get a response on issues like this. Congressman Alexander and I didn’t always agree, but he was, at the very least, engaged his constituents.


Congressman McAllister should resign because he’s not doing his job. He isn’t communicating with other elected officials. He isn’t communicating with his constituents. For all practical purposes, the people of our district are without representation in the United States Congress.



I have attached my letter to Congressman McAllister to this statement.



It is regrettable that Congressman McAllister has brought so much pain into his own family.



Congressman McAllister’s neglect of his responsibilities as a Congressman, however, will create real and lasting damage in thousands of families in Central Louisiana.



It’s long past time for Congressman McAllister to do the right thing and resign from Congress.




Baton Rouge -- The Louisiana Republican Party has released a statement on the decision by Congressman Vance McAllister not to seek re-election.


Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere said "While I would have liked to see Rep. McAllister close this chapter sooner, I was happy to hear of his decision to do what is best for his family and his constituents. Now that this situation is behind us, I am confident that voters in the 5th District will choose a strong conservative candidate in November.”


Villere called on McAllister to resign when the video was released.



Kirstin Alvanitakis, Communications Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party released this statement:


"We hear that Congressman Vance McAllister has decided not to run for re-election in order to care for his family. Family should always come first, but that's not always been the case with Louisiana Republicans, like for example, our junior U.S. senator, who has never denied committing a crime when he committed his 'serious sin.'"

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