Husband on kissing congressman: ‘He has wrecked my life’
(CNN) — The husband of the woman caught making out with Rep. Vance McAllister said the Louisiana Republican destroyed his life and marriage.
“I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I’m going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare,” Heath Peacock told CNN Tuesday.
On Monday, The Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, Louisiana, published a surveillance video it says shows McAllister and his scheduler, Melissa Hixon Peacock, passionately kissing in his office last December.
Heath Peacock said he didn’t know about the episode until Melissa called him a couple hours before the news broke.
“He has wrecked my life,” Peacock, 34, said of McAllister. “We’re headed for divorce.”
Heath and Melissa Peacock have been married for six years and have a 6-year-old son.
“It was just a kiss, that was all it was, but it embarrassed me and my family,” Heath Peacock said. “This guy has turned my life upside down.”
Melissa Peacock no longer works for McAllister, Heath Peacock said.
Melissa Peacock and McAllister’s office did not return requests for comment.
McAllister, who is married with five children, issued a statement on Monday saying, “There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”
Heath Peacock noted that “he’s apologized to everyone in the world except me.”
McAllister was elected in a November special election to fill the vacancy left by GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander’s resignation. McAllister campaigned as a Christian conservative — a claim Peacock disputed.
“I know his beliefs. When he ran one of his commercials, he said ‘I need your prayers,’ and I asked, ‘When did you get religious?’ He said, ‘When I needed votes,'” Peacock recalled. “He broke out the religious card and he’s about the most non-religious person I know.”
McAllister also made headlines earlier this year when he invited “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson to be his guest at the President’s State of the Union address.
By Chris Frates and Curt Devine