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Cenla reacts to McAllister re-election bid

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Following Vance McAllister's announcement for re-election, Cenla residents are buzzing about the controversial congressman.  It was the video seen across the country: McAllister kissing a staff member. Now that he has decided to run again, some are simply asking why?

"I don't have a problem with him running," said one woman. 

"If he ran on family values, why is he running since he got caught?" asked another. 

"Probably not," said one person when asked if McAllister should run. "I think he should go home to his family and try to live a good wholesome life."

Licensed psychologist Greg Gormanous had a different take on the situation. 

"I think just in terms of the family, I really value they’ve stuck together through this," Gormanous said. "Everybody has made mistakes and the fact that they’ve come back stronger I think that says something about family values."

Though she is standing by and supporting him, Cenla residents say McAllister's wife, Kelly, is their biggest concern.

One woman said "My support goes to her, and my prayers are with her because she is going to be the one in the public eye; she’s the one that’s going to be scrutinized more than him because she made a vow to stand beside him."

Another echoes those same thoughts: "She is a good woman for that, and he needs to honor that."

Although there are several new contenders for the race, some say McAllister still has a chance.

"I don’t have a problem with him running if he wants to run, let him do him," one said. "It’s up to him if he’s going to win or not."

One man said, "If he did a good job, he’ll get reelected, if he didn’t, he wont."

McAllister said Monday that he will spend his campaign focusing on the future, and not on the past. 

Voters will decide on November 4. 

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