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Will voters forgive McAllister?

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel Five) -- The fallout from a kissing scandal caught on camera featuring married Louisiana congressman, Vance McAllister, and a staffer continues.

Now, voters are sharing their opinions about the congressman and if they think he can recover from the political pitfall.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford has the story.

It's the kissing controversy that has captured the nation's attention.

This week, a video surfaced featuring district 5 republican congressman, Vance McAllister, kissing a staffer in his office.

He begged for forgiveness. But, now the question is, will voters be able to "kiss and make up" with McAllister and forgive him?

Most say no.

"I don't know if they can because of the values that he runs on," said Brandon Bravata, an Alexandria resident. "Any time there is discretion like that, I don't know that voters can forgive those actions because of the platform he runs on."

Jim Rogers is a history professor at LSUA. He says there are two types of forgiveness.

"Most folks will forgive if given the chance," he said. "But, they may not forgive the same way. Political forgiveness is different than personal forgiveness."

Rogers says McAllister did the smartest thing he could by apologizing right away.

"Now, will it work? That's a whole different issue," he said.

Voters we spoke with believe the ones to forgive the congressman will be young.

"It will probably be younger voters that can see past that mistake," said Colin Sandel, a student at LSUA. "Older voters probably won't be able to see past his mistake as easily as the younger voters will."

McAllister says he still plans to run for re-election in November and will only drop out of the race if there is a public outcry for him not to run.

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