TN-4: Scott DesJarlais Must Go

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, Family Values

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It’s not enough to vote conservative.  We need members of Congress to live the lives of conservatives.  At a time when every aspect of our traditional American value system is under assault, we need strong leaders who can defend those values through word and deed.

What has long distinguished our party from the Democrats is that we don’t tolerate immorality among our ranks.  Adultery should not serve as a resume enhancer.

To that end, conservatives have a golden opportunity in midland Tennessee to show the country that we live by the standard to which we have set for ourselves.  Scott DesJarlais, who was elected to serve conservative TN-4 in 2010, has taken the word hypocrisy to a new level.  For those who have not heard the story by now, here is what the Chattanooga Times Free Press obtained from DesJarlais’ divorce records last November, after they were leaked by the local Democrats:

A decade before calling himself “a consistent supporter of pro-life values,” Tennessee physician and Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to get two abortions before their marriage, according to the congressman’s sworn testimony during his divorce trial.

Obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the couple’s 2001 trial transcript also confirms DesJarlais had sexual relationships with at least two patients, three coworkers and a drug representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn. During one affair with a female patient, DesJarlais prescribed her drugs, gave her an $875 watch and bought her a plane ticket to Las Vegas, records show. […]

The 679-page transcript reveals new details about DesJarlais’ interactions with a 24-year-old-patient, who claimed she became pregnant with DesJarlais’ child during a short fling in 2000 and that the doctor later pressed her to have an abortion.

DesJarlais, who is now 48 years old, admitted in court to pressuring the woman over the phone to get an abortion, but said the whole conversation was a scheme orchestrated by him and his wife — with whom he had reconciled — to get the 24-year-old to admit she was not really pregnant.

“She goes, ‘I will have an abortion. This will never be a problem of yours,’” DesJarlais said. “And I think that she was trying to get me to pay her money and I refused to because there was no proof of the pregnancy.”

There’s not much to say here other than we don’t need this black mark on our brand.  TN-4 should provide us with the first opportunity to throw out a weak incumbent and replace him with one of our guys.  Several people have already announced or expressed interest in a primary challenge.  While anyone would be better than the incumbent, we would be wise to use this opportunity to insert one more member who is not committed to playing ball with GOP leadership.  I’ll be working at the Madison Project and with others to evaluate the candidates in the coming months.  Let’s work together on this and make sure we don’t squander this opportunity.

Parting observation:  Tim Huelskamp was kicked off the Agriculture Committee, even though he is a farmer, lives in one of the most Ag districts in the country – one which sent a rep to that committee for 151 years, has a Ph.D. with a dissertation on Ag policy.  Yet, a man who was philandering and urged his mistresses to get an abortion still remains on that committee.  Leadership and members of the Steering Committee should be ashamed.

5 Responses to “TN-4: Scott DesJarlais Must Go”

  1. Tn Vol Says:

    This is old news and smacks of Democrat politics of personal destruction. It is not worthy of this blog. Scott was just re-elected despite the Tennessee liberal media working with Scott’s Democrat opponent to destroy him. Fact is he was one of only 2 Tennessee House members to vote against the horrible debt ceiling deal of 2011. Other “moral” pillars like Jimmy Duncan, Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn voted for what we now know was one of the most stupid moves the Republicans have ever pulled. Your time would be much better spent working to defeat Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both of whom ADVOCATED and voted for higher taxes and NO spending cuts. Corker deceived the people of Tennessee by not saying a word about his eagerness to punish success in his recent re-election campaign and if anyone lacks scruples it is Bob Corker. Spend you time more wisely and if you are going to meddle in Tennessee business, take on the Constitution hating RINOS who are the real problem.

  2. Daniel Horowitz Says:

    Absolutely, we need to find challengers to all those who vote with the left. And yes, this scandal came about through Dem oppo last year. But what sort of a party are we if we will overlook this degree of philandering and hypocrisy. Nobody has argued more against the debt ceiling than we have. And that is why we would only support a challenger who would be a solid vote – not just any challenger. But how can we blithely ignore this?

  3. Tn Vol Says:

    How can you ignore this? First of all by getting your priorities straight. Secondly, the same way Obama’s college records, draft records, passport records, social security cards,etc have been ignored. Use better judgement in picking your battles. Attacking DesJarlais reflects the same level of intelligence as those who voted to raise the debt ceiling and then voted to raise taxes. If you really want to waste er spend time in my state, help us defeat Jim Cooper in Nashville and Stephen Cohen in Memphis. (Google Charlotte Bergmann and get busy!)

  4. Tn Vol Says:

    Nancy Pelosi says that unemployment benefits are the best employment program we have……And Horowitz is spending his time attacking solid Constitutional conservatives like Scott? Tells us a lot about Horowitz (troll) and Eric Erickson as well. Lets see if they try to get Jay Rockefeller replaced in w. Virginia by a Republican or if they continue this stupid jihad against Republicans.

  5. Henry Snider Says:

    Who writes the items on your website? Why do you not identify the author(s)? Please let me know.


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