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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.


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