Republicans Cannot Ignore DesJarlais’ Unethical Behavior, Lies Any Longer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Court transcripts confirm that Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a doctor, engaged in multiple sexual relationships and drug use with patients, a clear violation of his professional code of ethics and Tennessee law.

DesJarlais’ testimony, given under oath, verifies a long record of unethical and irresponsible behavior and also directly contradicts statements he has made recently to his supporters, colleagues and media outlets covering his re-election bid for U.S. Congress.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester issued the following statement:

“Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ lies have come home to roost. Just like he abused his power as a doctor and violated the trust of his patients, he has betrayed those who have defended him by deceiving them about his affairs with patients. The power brokers in the Republican Party can no longer hide behind DesJarlais’ shameful and selfish lies. Reality is staring them in the face. It’s time they addressed these disgusting facts and held him accountable for his continued pattern of lies, deception and hypocrisy.

“He lied to us about his record when he ran for office the first time and he lied to Tennesseans again during his second campaign. DesJarlais has acted irresponsibly, his actions are contemptible and his tangled web of deceit is sickening. Scott DesJarlais should be barred from practicing medicine, and he should give up his seat in Congress to make way for someone worthy of the trust that Tennesseans instill in their elected officials.”

COVERAGE:

Scott DesJarlais supported abortions, slept with patients, divorce transcript shows
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
The Huffington Post

Transcripts show DesJarlais had sex with patients, coworkers
WSMV Nashville

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
WRCB Chattanooga

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
The Huffington Post

Scott DesJarlais supported ex-wife’s abortions, slept with patients, divorce transcript shows
Knoxville News Sentinel

DesJarlais divorce transcript shows he supported abortions, slept with patients
WRCB Chattanooga

Democrats Say Divorce Transcript Shows DesJarlais Had Affair With Patient
The Chattanoogan

DesJarlais Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

Tennessee GOP Congressman’s Wife Had Two Abortions
News Channel 5 Nashville

Scott DesJarlais’ Hypocrisy Problem – NYTimes.com
The New York Times

Rep. Scott DesJarlais’s wife had 2 abortions
POLITICO

Rep. DesJarlais divorce records confirm affairs, his support of abortions
The Hill

Desjarlais divorce finds couple made “mutual” decision to have two abortions
WATE 6 Knoxville

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
Knoxville News Sentinel

Rep. DesJarlais admitted to affairs with two patients during divorce trial
Washington Post

DesJarlais transcripts show sexual relationships, drug use
WKRN News 2 Nashville

Scott DesJarlais is a Big Ole Liar
Tiny Cat Pants blog

Report: Rep. DesJarlais admitted to affairs with patients, supported abortions
Yahoo News

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
The Tennessean

Testimony reveals DesJarlais’ ex-wife had two abortions
The Nashville City Paper

DesJarlais Divorce Testimony Released
National Journal

The Right Honorable Gentleman From Tennessee, a “Consistent Supporter of Pro-Life Values”
Washington Monthly – Political Animal blog

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
WBIR-TV Knoxville

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
WAFF 48 News Huntsville

Tenn. GOP congressman’s wife had 2 abortions
WMCTV Memphis

DesJarlais testified wife had 2 abortions
FOX 13 Memphis

 

 

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