House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has asked Rep. Vance McCallister, the Louisiana Republican recently caught on videotape kissing a former staffer, to resign.
“I just said, ‘Look, when we took the majority in 2001, I had said that we should hold ourselves to a higher standard,’” Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, told reporters. “And that’s why I did what I did and I told him I thought he should resign. Because, in my mind, what happened does not meet that higher standard.”
Mr. McCallister said this week he will not seek re-election, but does not plan to resign.
“[Mr. Cantor] asked me why I would want to put myself through this for the next eight months if I’m not running for re-election. He did ask me to consider resigning, but I respectfully disagree with him and my family is behind my decision,” Mr. McAllister said in a statement released Tuesday. “I do not feel it’s in my constituents’ best interest to leave them without representation for the second time in less than a year. My district deserves a voice and a fair election process, not an expensive potential special election that benefits the establishment.”
Mr. Cantor has indicated that he will not call on Rep. Michael Grimm of New York to resign. Mr. Grimm was indicted Monday on 20 counts that include charges of wire and tax fraud stemming from his role with a Manhattan restaurant he owned prior to being elected to Congress in 2010. He pleaded not guilty and has vowed to fight the charges.
“With Michael Grimm, he’s going to have to make his case to his constituents and make his case in court,” Mr. Cantor told Politico.
Mr. Grimm has stepped down from his seat on the Financial Service Committee as a result, but informed House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, that he intends to resume his duties with the committee once his legal issues are settled.