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US Rep. Scott DesJarlais: One of the Most Hypocritical Reps in America

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One of the political stories that’s been flying under the radar in Wisconsin this week is the bad behavior and utter stupidity of Republican United States Representative Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee.  DesJarlais, a medical doctor, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has done the following things:

  1. Carried on at least two sexual trysts with patients
  2. Had at least three sexual encounters with co-workers
  3. Slept with at least one pharmaceutical representative

But what’s making the news more than DesJarlais horrendously bad judgment is this: he’s a pro-life legislator.  But he encouraged his ex-wife to have not one but two abortions — one of which appears to have been medically necessary, while the other probably wasn’t — and didn’t tell his constituents a thing.

All of this came out due to the lengthy transcript of DesJarlais’s 2001 divorce trial; the transcript had been requested by the Times Free Press prior to the election, but as it hadn’t been completely typed up, it didn’t get released until two days after all the votes had been counted.

But DesJarlais didn’t pay a price at the ballot box, possibly due to the fact that much of this wasn’t public knowledge.  As the Washington Post account puts it:

DesJarlais . . . (won) reelection with just slightly less of the vote than he took in his first campaign in 2010. He defeated state Sen. Eric Stewart (D) 56 percent to 44 percent.

However, DesJarlais’ medical license should be in jeopardy due to these recent revelations, as DesJarlais most definitely violated most of his professional ethics — not to mention whatever is left of his good, common sense.

Some of what DesJarlais admitted to during his divorce trial is so repugnant that it’s hard to even fathom it.  As the Times Free Press article points out:

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

DesJarlais, who is now 48 years old, admitted in court to urging 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.

So, did you catch all of that?  DesJarlais, who was married at the time, slept with a much-younger woman and apparently got her pregnant.  Then he pressured her to get an abortion.

Mind you, the last part isn’t even the worst part, though it is extremely hypocritical due to DesJarlais’ strong pro-life stance.

Nope.

The absolutely worst part of this extremely repugnant episode is that DesJarlais got his own wife to help him pressure this poor young woman.

(Why DesJarlais’ then-wife did that, I’ll never know.)

All of this adds up to one thing — this man, Scott DesJarlais, should not be a United States Representative.  Not in Tennessee.

Not anywhere.

DesJarlais has a terrible attitude, as he seems to believe that he’s above it all.  And that he’ll get away with it all, too . . . all of this because he was voted back into the US House of Reps.

For the moment, it appears that DesJarlais will get away with it.  (As in, keep his current job; I would hope that the Tennessee Board of Health will finally strip DesJarlais of his medical license.)

However, it may not be all gravy for DesJarlais in the next election cycle as the  Times Free Press article states:

But according to Republican state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, the congressman’s political life could be endangered in 2014. Asked before Thursday’s disclosures how many Republican senators he expects might challenge DesJarlais in the 4th District primary, Ramsey quipped, “How many live in it?”

While this may hold some promise for 2014 and beyond, that does nothing for the poor people of DesJarlais’ district right now.  Instead, they’re stuck with one of the most hypocritical members in the House.

Aand considering how many hypocritical people sit in that chamber right now, that’s really saying something.

Written by Barb Caffrey

November 17, 2012 at 4:19 am

11 Responses

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  1. I know a few staunchly Catholic pro-life men in my native country of Poland who, when they were younger, pressured their wives/girlfriends/mistresses to have multiple abortions. Now that they’re much older and unexpected pregnancy is no longer a potential problem for them, they’re happy to legislate that right away for others. I have seen this pattern so much that it has ceased to surprise me, but the hypocrisy still makes me sad.

    eurobrat

    November 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    • Thanks for commenting, Eurobrat — long time, no see!

      Yes, I agree that it’s getting harder and harder to see this sort of behavior as isolated incidents. I just do not understand it, that’s all; if you are religious and you’re anti-abortion, I understand that if you are still pro-child (as in, you help the mother with her baby; you help that baby grow up; you give generously to your church and various youth groups so that baby has a place to play and grow safely, etc.). But I absolutely do not understand it when someone says “I’m anti-abortion at any price,” then turns around and sends his own wife to have two abortions (one a medically-necessary one), plus gets his own wife to help pressure another woman he was sleeping with to have an abortion (in case the child the other woman was carrying was DesJarlais; apparently DesJarlais wanted nothing to do with this other woman’s child).

      Barb Caffrey

      November 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      • Unfortunately what that means is that the person was only anti-abortion as long as that problem didn’t affect them, just as there are people out there who are against gov’t “entitlement” programs only as long as they don’t need them. It’s always easier to have strong beliefs about what others should do.

        eurobrat

        November 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

  2. Eurobrat, I agree with you; I’m sure that’s no surprise.

    As you say, it’s very easy to say you’re against something when you’re sure you’ll never need it. But when you do end up needing it, suddenly all Hell lets out for noon. And at that point, viewpoints change.

    Our public servants — our elected officials — are supposed to take this longer view into account. But for whatever reason, nowadays, they mostly don’t.

    And yes, it does appear that hypocrisy has become a much more common thing than ever before. Which I truly wish wasn’t the case.

    Barb Caffrey

    November 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  3. Everyone knows I agree with abortion in cases of rape, incest and life risk of the mother.

    This just goes to show that even pro-life republicans will save the life of his wife if it’s possible. Yet they call that pro-abortion.

    I just wonder what part of CHOICE do they not understand?

    likamarie

    November 25, 2012 at 2:31 am

    • I don’t know, Lika.

      My main objection to DesJarlais, along with his hypocrisy, is his lack of medical ethics in sleeping with that patient (that wasn’t the only patient he slept with, either) and the pharmaceutical company rep. and the co-worker(s). I think those particular things are all dreadfully bad, even though they happened 11 years ago, and point to a remarkable lack of morality at a basic level.

      That’s why I said he shouldn’t be a US Rep.

      But as far as it goes with DesJarlais’s ex-wife, I think he was right to tell her in at least one case that she should choose to save her own life, first. (The one abortion definitely sounds like it was medically necessary and I know that nearly every doctor will say the same.) That might’ve been one of the few selfless acts DesJarlais has ever performed, for all I know.

      Barb Caffrey

      November 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      • It’s surprising though, how fast they turn CHOICE when they know it’s the only thing to do. Then, for everyone else, they’re back to hypocrites. Now if his daughter gets raped and gets pregnant, watch him be all about choice in her circumstance.

        We all know republicans are no better than the most nonsensical logic.

        likamarie

        November 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

      • Lika, I agree that this particular US Rep, who is a doctor of all things, seems to have taken a very strange perspective overall. And that logic doesn’t seem to have much to do with it, no.

        Barb Caffrey

        November 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      • It never ceases to amaze me how many knuckle-heads we have waling around in our fine country, and they call themselves worthy of the masses?

        likamarie

        November 30, 2012 at 4:39 am

      • I think they’re quite unworthy, m’self. And I do hope DesJarlais’s medical license will be lifted, pronto.

        Barb Caffrey

        December 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      • I think they’re quite unworthy, m’self. And I do hope DesJarlais’s medical license will be lifted, pronto.

        Barb Caffrey

        December 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm


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