Leader Cantor asks Rep. McAllister to consider resignation

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says that he told embattled Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) he should step aside.

Cantor met this afternoon with McAllister after he returned to Capitol Hill last night to vote for the first time in three weeks.

McAllister says he will serve out the rest of his term and released the following statement following the meeting:

“I did meet with Leader Cantor this morning. He asked me why I would want to put myself through this for the next eight months if I’m not running for reelection.  He did ask me to consider resigning, but I respectfully disagree with him and my family is behind my decision. I do not feel it’s in my constituents’ best interest to leave them without representation for the second time in less than a year. My district deserves a voice and a fair election process, not an expensive potential special election that benefits the establishment.” 

The problem for McAllister is he could face a formal investigation by the House Ethics Committee for the video of him making out with a staffer who has since resigned. The Ethics Committee is expected to take action because this involved an aide on the payroll.

The full House would still have to vote to formally discipline McAllister if he remains in office. The three formal forms of punishment are reprimand, censure or expulsion.