McAllister returns to DC with 'no regrets'
© Greg Nash

Embattled Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) returned to Capitol Hill on Monday hours after his announcement to not seek reelection.

McAllister said after the first House votes of the week that he had "no regrets at all."


The Louisiana Republican defended his decision to serve out the rest of his term, noting that he did nothing illegal.

"Honestly, I did nothing to break the law. The people elected me 60-40 to do this job. For me to resign leaves them voiceless, leaves them non-represented," McAllister said.

McAllister, who was elected to replace former Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) in November, said that the GOP leadership did not pressure him to resign. He also noted that he had never made any announcement to run for reelection before he was caught on camera kissing a staffer

"The commitment I made to them [his constituents] was to fill this seat for one year. And that's what I did. Never once did I say I was going to be reelected."

He also dismissed suggestions that the scandal would overshadow the rest of his term.

"No ... 'cause after today, I'm not talking about it at all," McAllister said.

As for his relationship with his wife, McAllister said, "We're as strong as we've ever been before."