Acadian's McAllister fundraiser ‘postponed indefinitely'

by Leslie Turk

Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won't go on as planned.

In an email Tuesday, an Acadian rep notified would-be supporters that the April 25 fundraiser for embattled U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister of Swartz won't go on as planned: "The fundraiser for Congressman Vance McAllister scheduled for Friday, April 25th, has been postponed indefinitely. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you."

Hosted by an Acadian Ambulance PAC, the fundraiser was set for the company's corporate office at 130 E. Kaliste Saloom Road. Acadian Chairman and CEO Richard Zuschlag wrote in an April 4 email:

I hope you will join me in supporting my friend and newest congressman in our Louisiana delegation.

Congressman Vance McAllister was elected to fill Rodney Alexander's seat in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District. He is a veteran, family man, and self-made businessman who brings a conservative, honest, and fresh perspective to Washington.

We are hosting a luncheon fundraiser at our corporate offices located at 130 E. Kaliste Saloom, 3rd floor board room, on Friday, April 25th.

McAllister, who came out of nowhere to beat a presumed shoo-in, was recently outed as something less than the family-values Christian he portrayed himself as when he campaigned last year. McAllister was caught on tape smooching a then-member of his staff.

The West Monroe-based newspaper The Ouachita Citizen posted surveillance video shot in McAllister's Monroe district office showing him making out with part-time district aide Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, who, according to the paper, was hired by McAllister the day after he was sworn in last November and is the wife of his longtime friend. McAllister is married and has five children.

Despite calls from Gov. Bobby Jindal and the head of the state GOP to resign, McAllister says he is staying put. He's been MIA since word of the affair (or whatever it was) broke.

According to the Associated Press, McAllister is steering clear of public events until he returns to Washington at the end of Congress' Easter break.

In a prepared statement McAllister's office said Tuesday he "is with his wife and family for the remainder of the Easter recess."

Congress returns from its two-week holiday April 28.