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Louisiana's 'kissing congressman,' Vance McAllister, trying for a political comeback this fall


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Former U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, who lost his re-election bid after a cheating scandal, is trying to return to Louisiana politics.

McAllister, a Republican, told the News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/1JaGYuT ) on Friday he intends to run for a state Senate seat representing northeast Louisiana. He's seeking to oust two-term GOP incumbent Mike Walsworth.

The former congressman says Walsworth has been too closely allied with unpopular Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is running for president.

A self-made millionaire, McAllister surprised the political establishment when he won the 5th District congressional seat in 2013 in his first bid for elected office.

But months later, a video surfaced showing the married congressman kissing a married member of his congressional staff and he lost re-election in 2014.

Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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