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Staffer accused of leaking McAllister video quits

- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MONROE, La. (AP) - The staff member of U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister who is accused of leaking a video that captured him kissing an aide resigned Wednesday.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1tc6QB8 ) Adam Terry, McAllister's chief of staff, confirmed Leah Gordon's resignation late Wednesday. He said Gordon was not fired from her post as McAllister's Monroe District Office manager.

"We won't terminate or discipline any employee until after our internal investigation of the security breach is complete," Terry said. "(Gordon) resigned on her own."

McAllister, R-Swartz, has been under fire since the video was published last week showing the married congressman kissing married staffer Melissa Peacock, who has since resigned. The congressman canceled his public appearance this week, but said he will return to Washington next week following the Easter recess

West Monroe minister Danny Chance said he has proof that it was Gordon, who also worked for former U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, who had possession of the video. Gordon also worked for state Sen. Neil Riser's campaign when he ran against McAllister last fall, but McAllister kept her on staff after winning the election.

Chance wouldn't reveal his sources, but he said he was willing to produce witnesses in court if needed.

Gordon could not be reached for comment. She didn't return calls last week, and her cellphone number has been changed or disconnected as of Wednesday.

Terry and McAllister said they were aware of the accusations that Gordon leaked the video, but they weren't willing to blame her without proof, although Terry said Gordon was one of three people with access to the security video. The other two with access were Bill Land, who owns the building and leases it to McAllister, and Land's employee. Land said he and his employee were willing to take polygraphs to clear their names.

McAllister has said he doesn't intend to resign, although Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere have called for his resignation.

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