DesJarlais Today: ‘God Has Forgiven Me’ (but not some others)

From the Chattanooga TFP:
The freshman 4th District congressman told Nashville conservative talk show host Ralph Bristol on Friday that he doesn’t intend to resign and will seek re-election in 2014.
DesJarlais said he believes in “grace and redemption,” adding, “I think God gave me a second chance.”
“And I think unless some people see some sort of political advantage to grace and redemption … they don’t want to practice it on their own,” the congressman continued.
“I don’t know what the reason is behind that, but I know God’s forgiven me. … I simply ask my fellow Christians and constituents to consider doing the same for me.”
…DesJarlais, who portrayed himself during his re-election campaign as a “consistent supporter of pro-life values,” denied that he misled 4th District voters in October in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
“I don’t think, Ralph, that I implied that there was nothing in my past,” DesJarlais said Friday.

From The Tennessean:
Rep. Scott DesJarlais may have acknowledged he is “human” and used “very poor judgment,” but image consultants and congressional experts say that falls way short of what’s needed to repair a political persona as damaged as any they have ever seen.
And while some are willing to advise the Jasper Republican about dealing with revelations about his past sexual relationships, many more continue to be brutal in their assessment of his character and his fitness to remain in public life.
A typical response comes from William Galston, a Brookings Institution scholar who deals with the intersection of religion and politics. He says DesJarlais’ image is beyond rehabilitation.
“This man (appears to) be the most morally corrupt and unworthy member of the entire United States House of Representatives. His conduct is not only morally reprehensible, it is hypocritical,” Galston said

One thought on “DesJarlais Today: ‘God Has Forgiven Me’ (but not some others)

  1. bp

    Well then, that’s good enough for me.
    “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” – Susan B. Anthony

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