I almost feel bad for social conservatives. Almost:
On Monday, The Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, Louisiana, published a surveillance video it says shows McAllister and his scheduler, Melissa Hixon Peacock, passionately kissing in his office last December….
McAllister, who is married with five children, issued a statement on Monday saying, “There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”
Par for the course for a family values candidate. But the soon-to-be ex-husband Mr. Peacock had this to add (boldface mine):
“I know his beliefs. When he ran one of his commercials, he said ‘I need your prayers,’ and I asked, ‘When did you get religious?’ He said, ‘When I needed votes,’” Peacock recalled. “He broke out the religious card and he’s about the most non-religious person I know.”
Politicians of all stripes make compromises all the time and support popular positions they don’t like. But to lie about your personal beliefs when that is a key political litmus test for your party is pretty damn cynical. The wages of identity politics are severe, I suppose.
Aside: Mr. Peacock also said this (boldface mine):
“He has wrecked my life,” Peacock, 34, said of McAllister. “We’re headed for divorce.”
Heath and Melissa Peacock have been married for six years and have a 6-year-old son.
“It was just a kiss, that was all it was, but it embarrassed me and my family,” Heath Peacock said. “This guy has turned my life upside down.”
While it is really embarrassing (and you never know how you’ll react to something like this until it happens), it highlights the role notions of honor–and the staining thereof–plays in certain regions of the country (or a certain region).