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TODAY   |  April 11, 2014

La. Republican in kissing scandal urged to resign

Fellow Republicans are stepping up pressure on Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister to resign after his hometown paper posted a video that shows him kissing one of his aides. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> fellow republicans are stepping up pressure on louisiana congressman vance mcallister to resign over his kissing scandal. nbc's kelly o'donnell joins us now with more. kelly, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, natalie. scandal can be hard to survive in washington, and the louisiana congressman, still new to his job, is finding that out. after his hometown paper posted the video online . now republicans are saying, it's time to go. the fallout is building. after this lingering kiss caught on security camera video and posted online revealed the married congressman embracing a married staffer.

>> i have had a conversation with him. and he's got decisions that he has to make. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution --

>> reporter: it's only been five months since louisiana republican vance mcallister was sworn in after a special election where he touted his christian family values .

>> it's here in this house that we work to instill the values of faith, family and country in our five children.

>> reporter: mcallister had already generated buzz when "duck dynasty star" willie robertson was his state of the union guest. but now that his not so secret kiss has gone viral, mcallister responded. "there's no doubt i've fallen short and i'm asking for forgiveness." thursday, louisiana 's governor bobby jindal said mcallister must go. "he says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. the best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from congress." and a blistering rebuke from the state republican party . "mr. mcallister 's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. a breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation." speaker boehner was not as direct.

>> listen, i expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards. and this is no different.

>> reporter: the congressman has missed about a dozen votes this week. aides say he is home in louisiana . they have not kmencommented on these calls for him to resign. mcallister aides do say the staffer voluntarily left her job earlier this week.

>> kel loy donnell in washington.