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McAllister’s Washington-based spokesman said that Peacock has since resigned voluntarily, but that the lawmaker had no plans to step down.

McAllister won a special election last fall to succeed Republican Rodney Alexander, who resigned to take a spot in Jindal’s Cabinet.

McAllister spent his own money and got a boost from endorsements by his most famous constituents, the bearded Robertson men of the cable television hit “Duck Dynasty.” He earn a runoff spot against Neil Riser, a state senator and Jindal ally with backing from GOP brokers.

McAllister sought support from social conservatives. For example, the Robertsons are outspoken Christians, and McAllister appeared in ads with his family, promising to “defend our Christian way of life.”

But he defied Republican orthodoxy by calling for Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That won him the endorsement and runoff campaign muscle of Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, a Democrat who finished third in the initial open primary. McAllister routed Riser on Election Day.

Coming into office an outsider, McAllister turned to the establishment that he’d beaten.

He took over the lease for Alexander’s Monroe office, where the security videotape was taken, and he retained top members of Alexander’s staff.

One of those aides, McAllister’s district director, Leah Gordon, has figured prominently in speculation about how the tapes were leaked to the newspaper.

Voters say they’re wise to all of those variables.

Terry Parker, who owns a painting company in Start, said he voted for McAllister because of his emphasis on biblical morals. “He did this to himself,” Parker said. “But it’s dirty, dirty politics being done to him, too.”

The congressman’s office floated the idea of an FBI investigation into the leaked tape, but then backed off.

Bill Land, an architect who owns and shares the building with McAllister’s office, said just two people had access to digital security archives: one of his staff members and Gordon, McAllister’s district director.

Land’s employee, Lance Hilton, told the AP that he’s never accessed old footage. But he said Gordon reviewed tape on multiple occasions, including when she served as Alexander’s district director. Hilton said she usually told him she suspected theft by an employee.

Gordon declined an interview through another McAllister aide.

Land said he supported Riser last year but now considers McAllister “a friend,” enough so that he contributed the maximum $2,600 toward his re-election.

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