Amy DesJarlais Defends Her Embattled Husband

The wife of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais tells Michael Collins that accusations the pro-life, family-values congressman had affairs outside of his first marriage and encouraged one of his girlfriends to get an abortion don’t accurately reflect his true character.
Amy DesJarlais said the congressman has been a good husband and father during their decade-long marriage and that she has not witnessed any of the philandering or erratic behavior ascribed to him in divorce papers from his first marriage a dozen years ago.
“What’s in the divorce records is not the husband I’ve had for 10 years,” she told the News Sentinel in her first public comments on the latest accusations that have shaken her husband’s re-election campaign.
“I’ve never seen that side of him,” she said.
Mrs. DesJarlais said she and the couple’s three children — Tyler, 17, Ryan, 14, and Maggie, 5 — have been hurt by the public airing of the allegations during her husband’s political campaigns.
DesJarlais, a Jasper Republican who represents Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District, is locked in
a tough re-election battle against Democrat Eric Stewart, a state senator from Belvidere.
“I realize, of course, that this can get ugly,” Amy DesJarlais said of politics. But, she stressed, “our marriage is very firm, positive.

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