“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 on Tuesday. “He has wrecked my life.”
It came out a few days ago that House of Representatives member Vance McAllister (R-La) was cheating on his wife with Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, his scheduler. She too is married and the above quote is from her husband, Heath Peacock, who is understandably distraught about being embarrassed in such a public way and is also so nice that he apologized to CNN reporters for not wanting to talk to them.
As for McAllister, he’s 40 and has been married for 16 years. He has five children. Melissa Hixon has been married for six years and has one child. Her husband says they’re now heading for divorce. McAllister, who ran as a values-oriented Christian Conservative offered the following apology today.
“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness,” the congressman said in a statement. “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”
McAllister is not stepping down from his position and broader GOP reaction to this apology was predictable.
Speaking Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said he was pleased with McAllister’s apology, but did not say if he thinks the congressman should step down.
“I’ve not had a chance to speak to the congressman, so I’m going to reserve further judgment on the question,” Cantor said. “I will say that the American people deserve all of their representatives here in Washington to hold to a very high standard of behavior.”
On the Left, at least among writers and commenters at certain partisan sites, the response has largely been to accuse McAllister of being a hypocrite since he ran for office as a family values Christian. Certainly, they do have a point. But I think everyone seems to be missing the only point that might actually be useful to you in any of this…
The Only Lesson In This Entire Charade That Is Useful
Politicians lie, for people on the Left or Right to get spun up about a politician having an extramarital affair is like being angry at the weather. What’s more, all politicians run as “family values” candidates in one way or another because they want voters to believe they have the same values as ‘regular folks’ and there’s plenty of Anthony Weiners and Bill Clintons. Don’t be fooled.
No, the only useful thing to take away from this is the observation that it’s not McAllister who’s looking for a job tonight while his spouse files divorce papers, it’s Melissa Peacock. Man or woman, (in this case woman) don’t have an office affair with a superior unless you have a solid exit plan because otherwise you’re the one that’s going to get stuck holding the bag.
Everything else about this story is just moralizing over an often immoral profession. Don’t get caught cursing the rain like a crazy person.