In a matter of days, Republican Vance McAllister has gone from being the unlikely congressman — a special election winner who trounced his party’s establishment candidate — to the ‘‘kissing congressman,’’ a faith-and-family politician caught on video embracing an aide married to one of his friends.

Amid some calls for his resignation, he has said he will respect the verdict of his constituents this fall. Residents interviewed here by The Associated Press expressed disappointment, but not surprise.

Noting the histories of President Bill Clinton and former Louisiana governor and current congressional candidate Edwin Edwards and sitting Sen. David Vitter, voters say they’re accustomed to tawdry politician scandals. Many are as eager to speculate how a local newspaper got video of McAllister kissing Melissa Peacock as they are to opine on the dalliance itself. And they’re sure there’s more than enough hypocrisy and political intrigue to go around.

McAllister’s ‘‘main thing now is to get straight with his family,’’ said Jackie Coleman, a retired law enforcement officer from Olla, south of Monroe. ‘‘Then,’’ Coleman said, ‘‘this should be over.’’