Vance McAllister Set for Congressional Baseball Game Debut
Posted at 4:04 p.m. on May 21
Republicans could have a Louisiana star of their own to rival the Democrats’ Rep. Cedric L. Richmond in the form of Rep. Vance McAllister.
The Republicans have finalized their roster for the 53rd Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game and it includes the Louisiana Republican known colloquially as the Kissing Congressman.
McAllister, left, seen here with Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, will play ball next month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
McAllister has said he will not seek re-election this fall after a video of the married congressman kissing a district staffer was leaked to the public. And he told The Town Talk of Alexandria, Va., last week that his “intent is not to run for re-election.” But he added a caveat: “To say I’m 100 percent sure, I would never box myself in like that.”
Regardless of McAllister’s political future, he’ll get a chance to help Republicans improve their image on the baseball field after last year’s devastating 22-0 loss.
Two other congressmen were added to the Republican roster: Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. Brooks was an all-city baseball player in high school.
Republicans lost seven team members this year, including one of their top players, Ron DeSantis of Florida, who is sitting out this year’s game due to an injury.
Other Republican veterans of the game who will not be playing this year include Reps. Mark Amodei of Nevada, Louie Gohmert and Pete Sessions of Texas, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and David Valadao of California.