Rep. Vance McAllister, the "Kissin' Congressman" from Louisiana's 5th District who indicated he wouldn't run for re-election and then changed his mind, addressed his infidelity in a new 30-second ad titled "Blessed," which co-starred his wife Kelly.
"A man's character is based on how many times he gets back up and stands again," Kelly said in the video, which appeared to be shot in the McAllisters' kitchen. The ad, which features prominent shots of the McAllisters' wedding rings and children, concludes by describing the candidate as "Conservative. Veteran. One hundred percent Louisiana."
McAllister was supported by Phil Robertson, patriarch of TV's Duck Dynasty family, in his first congressional campaign. After the scandal broke last spring, Robertson disavowed McAllister and threw his support to Calhoun businessman Zach Dasher, a Robertson nephew. Phil and Kay Robertson released a Dasher radio commercial last week. In it, Phil said Dasher had been "officially and thoroughly vetted by the Robertson clan," and urged voters to cast ballots for "Zach, my nephew." Wife Kay reminds him, "You have to say Zach Dasher in there. You can't just say Zach."
Meanwhile, the crowded Republican field in the 6th Congressional District race got a little smaller last week when Norm Clark dropped out of the race and endorsed state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge. That leaves eight GOP candidates jostling for the chance to make the runoff against presumed frontrunner Edwin Edwards, the former governor and ex-convict. EWE is one of three Democrats in the race, plus one Libertarian.