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Political analyst weighs in on McAllister scandal

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The surveillance video of Congressman Vance McAllister kissing who's said to be a staffer in his office has raised eyebrows and questions about his political future.

KNOE reporter Jillian Corder sat down with ULM professor and political analyst Joshua Stockley, who followed last year's congressional election, to ask what may be next for Vance McAllister.

"If his family remains at his side," says Stockley, "then potentially he could - bruised ego - still remain."

Stockley says although some politicians careers can't recover from this type of scandal like Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer, that's not always the case.

"There are numerous examples of politicians who remain relatively unscathed from these types of scandals. Mark Sanford was caught going to Argentina visiting a mistress, our own Senator Vitter is caught up in his own scandal," says Stockley.

Options for McAllister: overcome or be brought down by the video.

"(He could say) Give me a second chance, let me show you that I am that individual that I said I was," says Stockley about the next step for McAllister, "But certainly his emphasis on the Christian values, and the family values, doesn't help an individual in that situation."

With a November 4th election right around the corner, Stockley says "this scandal changes everything."

As of now, no candidate has thrown their hat into the ring.

"This might blowover and we forget about it, this might remain relevant, and suddenly we have 2, 3, 4, 5 major candidates and this becomes a major election again."

 

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