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As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney distanced himself from scandal-plagued Congressman Scott DesJarlais, the Tennessee Republican Party said it would stand behind the self-described “pro-life” and “family values” Republican, who reportedly pressured one of his mistresses to have an abortion.
Chairman Chip Forrester issued a statement Friday denouncing the GOP’s apathy toward DesJarlais’ habitual dishonesty and hypocrisy.
“I’m truthfully shocked Chairman Devaney has not already withdrawn his party’s support for the disgraceful Scott DesJarlais and that any Republican official would refuse to condemn unethical and immoral behavior of this magnitude,” Forrester said. “Scott DesJarlais could not deny that he had an affair with a patient and, when faced with the consequences of his actions, he subsequently pressured her to have an abortion.
“The silence and inaction of Chairman Devaney and the Republican establishment is tantamount to approval of DesJarlais’ unbelievable dishonesty and astonishing hypocrisy,” Forrester said.
Associated Press: Transcript: Rep. DesJarlais Urged Abortion (Printed in many media outlets).
USA Today: ‘Pro-life’ congressman urged woman to have an abortion
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