A prominent conservative magazine released an article Friday repeating lawsuit allegations that a company partly owned by U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister had a corporate culture that encouraged drug use and sexual infidelity.
But the former employee whose allegations were outlined in the lawsuit on which the National Review article relied, on Wednesday withdrew the document in which the claims were made, according to court records.
The wrongful termination lawsuit, Texas Coastal Energy Co. vs. Taylor Stilovich, was filed before 68th Judicial District Judge Martin Hoffman, of Dallas.
McAllister, R-Swartz, owns 50 percent of Texas Coastal, an oil and gas exploration company, based in Irving, Texas. In his congressional disclosures, McAllister valued his share in the company at between $5 million and $25 million, and stated that in some previous years he had received income of between $100,001 to $1 million.
In addition to withdrawing the document in which the allegations were made, Taylor Stilovich, a former vice president at Texas Coastal, wrote a letter stating that he retracted the claims as well.
“My dispute with Texas Coastal did not relate to any issues I had with Mr. McAllister either personally or professionally,” Stilovich wrote in a letter released by McAllister’s lawyer.
Stilovich, who described himself in court documents as a devout Mormon, said he quit “because he could no longer tolerate working in a Wolf-of-Wall-Street-type of environment replete with illegal drugs, high-stakes gambling, prostitutes, extramarital interoffice affairs and ubiquitous sexual innuendo.”
His allegations detailed specific incidents — but did not name McAllister directly. They were made in response to allegations made against him by the company. Stilovich had been sued by Texas Coastal on claims that he stole company property and that he had disparaged the company.
Zach Dasher, a Republican challenging McAllister’s re-election in the Nov. 6 election, said in a prepared statement: “These are disturbing allegations and Congressman McAllister owes it to the people of the Fifth District to be honest and transparent on this matter. We’re not going to further speculate until we have the facts.”
McAllister admitted to kissing a married woman not his wife in his darkened Monroe district office, shortly after winning the post last year in a special election as a family values Christian. Images from an office security camera were shown all over the world.
The scandal turned what many expected to be an easy re-election for McAllister into a battle involving nine candidates.
The article by National Review, which was founded by William F. Buckley, caused tweets to erupt Friday morning from nearly every campaign in the 5th Congressional District, which covers northeast and central Louisiana as well as much of the Florida parishes. The district extends from Monroe to Alexandria to Bogalusa.