McAllister refuses House Majority Leader's call to quit
US Representative Vance McAllister will not resign, even though House Majority Leader Eric Cantor asked him to quit.
McAllister says he doesn't believe it's in his constituents best interest to leave them without representation for a second time in less than a year.
If McAllister resigned, it would be up to Governor Bobby Jindal on when an election would take place to fill the vacant seat. Jindal could either call for an election this summer or wait until the November election.
LSU Political Science Professor Kirby Goidel says McAllister is trying to leave political office on a good note and not put his constituents through another special election.
Cantor supported State Senator Neil Riser over McAllister in last year's special election. Goidel says it's still curious why the GOP is pushing hard for McAllister to quit.
"He's a likely consistent Republican vote on most issues, despite the scandal, it's not clear they gain that much of an advantage by having him out," Goidel said.