Just like the popular Netflix series, “House of Cards.” Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood played by Kevin Spacey, a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and House Majority Whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. In season two, he is appointed to fill the vacant spot of Vice-President, but his murderous and corrupt ways continue in plotting the eventual down fall of the current President and he will let nothing or anybody stand in his way.

I would guess that what truly happens in our nation’s capital is not that far removed from the fiction that is portrayed in our movies. Political scandal is nothing new in Washington and will probably continue long after we are gone. What I find so humorous, is the lies that are told, first to deny any wrong doing; and then the ultimate, tear-jerking attempt to beg for forgiveness. It does not matter what political party they report to represent because in the end, their acts prior to, during, and after said occurrence is exactly the same and they are so similar that they all must be cut from the same cloth.

Ultimately, they were caught in a compromising situation and now they are forced to do damage control in the hopes that they will not lose favor back home, because we all know that everything is about getting re-elected. Nothing in Washington or in politics is about respect, honor, integrity, and being faithful to your spouse.

The latest member of Congress to be caught with his pants down, or should I say pucked up for puckering up was a married Republican U.S. representative who was forced to apologize on Monday after a Louisiana newspaper posted a surveillance video showing a man, it identified as the congressman, kissing a woman from his office staff.

“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness,” Representative Vance McAllister said in a statement issued by his office. “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”

Vance, who took office last November in a special election that he won partly by touting his Christian values, made the statement after the Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, Louisiana, posted the video on its website.

It shows a man the paper identified as Vance walking into the frame and turning out the lights in front of an office doorway. The camera shifts into a grainy, low-light mode before a woman enters the frame. The two embrace and kiss passionately for about 30 seconds before leaving together, picked up by other security cameras in the building.

The paper said the woman is a married member of McAllister’s staff.

The Citizen said it obtained the video, which appears to be captured by a hand-held camera pointed at a multi-frame security system monitor, from an anonymous source.  It said the incident occurred on December 23, 2013, inside McAllister’s district congressional office in Monroe, Louisiana.

McAllister, 40, has been married for 16 years to his wife, Kelly, and has five children.  The U.S. Army veteran, who has business interests in oil, gas, pipelines, and Subway sandwich shops, was a newcomer to politics, when he ran to fill a congressional seat vacated last year.

After coming to Washington, he was best known for inviting Willie Robertson, the star of the hit cable TV series “Duck Dynasty” to be his guest at January’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. Robertson, who heads the Duck Commander duck-call business, had appeared in a campaign ad for McAllister.

McAllister’s statement did not address the video directly, but he apologized for his actions.

“Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you’re a husband, a father, or a congressman,” McAllister said in his statement. “I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”

“From day one, I’ve always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don’t want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I’m very sorry for what I’ve done.”

Obviously, his idea of honest does not include his marriage, his wife, his family, and the constituents who helped elect him.  Like I said, the pattern of behavior is always the same.  Maybe he is just following the example set by his friend, Willie Robertson, who lives his life in made-up reality for the sole purpose to become richer.  Oh, I forgot…that is what every Republican desires; wealth, power, and for the privileged few, sex.

 

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