Democrats Denounce DesJarlais; DesJarlais Denounces Democrats

Tennessee Democrats said Monday they sent a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam and “every elected Republican” in the General Assembly “rebuking” them for the GOP’s “continued support” of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, reports the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
Party Chairman Chip Forrester also challenged elected Republicans “to take action” in the wake of revelations that DesJarlais, a physician, had an affair a dozen years ago with a woman who had been his patient.
…”Do you deem this acceptable behavior, fitting of a Tennessee Congressman? Or will you be the first elected Republican to stand up for the values you proclaim and denounce the hypocrisy of Rep. DesJarlais?” Forrester’s letter continued.
In a statement, the 4th District congressman’s campaign manager, Brandon Lewis, retorted, “The Tennessee Democratic Party wants to elect a pro-choice, pro-Obamacare, pro-Obama, borrow and spend liberal using a 12-year-old smear campaign to distract from the resulting unemployment, exploding deficits, and rising health care costs that have been brought about by their party’s policies.”
That is a reference to Democratic challenger Eric Stewart, of Winchester, who has attacked DesJarlais following the publication by the Huffington Post of a partial transcript from the physician’s messy 2001 divorce.

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