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Posted: Apr 8, 2014 1:37 PM

Updated: Apr 8, 2014 1:37 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Republicans are keeping their distance Tuesday from a Louisiana congressman who asked for forgiveness after a newspaper published a video it says shows him kissing a woman who isn't his wife.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he is pleased U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister offered an apology. But Cantor declined to say whether he thought should remain on the job, as McAllister offered no statement about his future plans and the fall-out threatened his November re-election.

McAllister spokeswoman Jennifer Dunagin said Tuesday that the woman in the video, Melissa Peacock, "voluntarily resigned effective yesterday."

The surveillance video was filmed just a month after McAllister won a surprise landslide victory in a special November election to represent Louisiana's 5th District, covering the northeastern and central regions of the state.

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