If anything can be said for Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister, it’s that he’s got balls. In April, McAllister was caught on camera having some extramarital fun with his district scheduler (and campaign donor) Melissa Ann Hixon Peacock, whom he terminated from her position after the affair became public.
McAllister claimed he had confessed to his wife earlier in the year, and sought advice from Duck Dynasty fauxbilly bigot Willie Robertson. Robertson, who was McAllister’s State of the Union guest, advised McAllister to focus on his family, and work things out in private.
McAllister, who ran on “Christian values,” admitted on Thursday to another thing Jesus might not like: allowing his votes to be bought. While explaining how “money controls Washington” and work on Capitol Hill is “steady cycle of voting for fundraising and money instead of voting for what is right,” McAllister admitted that he has voted against legislation with a payoff in mind.
From the Ouachita Citizen:
[box type=”shadow”]McAllister said he voted “no” on legislation related to the Bureau of Land Management though he did not identify the bill. McAllister said a colleague on the House floor told him that he would receive a $1,200 contribution from Heritage Foundation if he voted against the bill. He would not name his colleague since he “did not want to put their business out on the street.”
“I played dumb and asked him, ‘How would you vote?’” McAllister said. “He told me, ‘Vote no and you will get a $1,200 check from the Heritage Foundation. If you vote yes, you will get a $1,000 check from some environmental impact group.’”
That answer was a surprise, McAllister said.
“I said, ‘Are you serious?’ and he told me, ‘Yeah, wait and see,’” McAllister said.
McAllister said he voted against the bill but did not receive a $1,200 contribution from Heritage Foundation. Federal law prohibits public officials, including members of Congress, from directly or indirectly seeking, accepting or agreeing to receive anything of value in return for the performance of any official act such as voting.
“I voted no, and I didn’t get a Heritage Foundation check but he did,” McAllister said. “I went back and checked with my friend, ‘I didn’t get a check, man. What were you talking about?’ He told me, ‘Well, I got one. Why didn’t you?’”[/box]
McAllister’s friend opined that he was not given a check because Heritage and Gov. Bobby Jindal were “upset with [him]” because of the affair.
“In case you didn’t know, the Heritage Foundation is upset with me and so is our governor,” McAllister said. “They are always trying to throw bullets at me. Once I told my friend about Gov. Jindal being mad at me, he said, ‘Well, that’s why you didn’t get a check.’”
Heritage Foundation spokesman James Weidman, however, claims that no one has ever received a political contribution from the organization.
“If he (McAllister) is wondering why he didn’t receive a check from the Heritage Foundation, which does not make political expenditures of any kind, it is because we do not do it,” Weidman said. “The Heritage Foundation is a think tank and does research and education, but does not get involved with political bills at all. He was just badly misinformed.”