Politics
3:35 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

McAllister Makes a Splash on Last Day of Qualifying

Congressman Vance McAllister takes the A-L-S challenge
Congressman Vance McAllister takes the A-L-S challenge
Credit Sue Lincoln

Embattled Congressman Vance McAllister  made quite a splash when he appeared at the Secretary of State’s office first thing Friday, signing up to run again.  Even after facing down calls for his resignation earlier this year McAllister was quite gracious about the nine challengers seeking to unseat him.

“C’mon! More! The more the merrier!” McAllister said, adding by way of explanation, “When you have more ideas, more people, more views, you learn from it.”

State GOP officials and Governor Bobby Jindal had called for McAllister’s resignation after the married congressman was caught on camera kissing one of his aides. Now Jindal’s campaign advisors are working with one of McAllister’s challengers, just like they did with Neil Riser, who McAllister beat in last year’s special election.The Monroe congressman got rather heated when asked about all that.

“For any of us to try to think we can control an election makes us just like what the governor did last year—wrong!” McAllister declared.

He chilled out after that—literally—performing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge so popular on social media currently. McAllister urged his fellow Louisiana congress members to do the same, and offered a thousand dollars for ALS research if U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would get doused, too.