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In a campaign commercial that aired in last fall’s race, he was shown with his wife, Kelly, and their five children, and said: “We have a big family breakfast every Sunday before church.”

He said in the ad that he and his wife try to instill “the values of faith, family and country” at home. “If you will trust me with your vote, you can count on me to take those values to Washington and defend our Christian way of life,” he added.

In an interview with The News-Star in Monroe, La., he said he intends to seek re-election to a full term in November “unless there is an outcry for me not to serve.”

Dunagin said Peacock, “voluntarily resigned” after the story broke on Monday.

A report filed with the Federal Election Commission lists a $300 payment to Peacock as “reimbursement for headquarter cleaning” in McAllister’s Monroe campaign office, before she joined his staff.

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Associated Press writers Matthew Daly and Donna Cassata in Washington contributed to this report.