Haslam Dodges on DesJarlais; Endorses Duncan

In his first extensive comments on Tennessee’s most controversial congressman, Gov. Bill Haslam stopped short of endorsing Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais for re-election in 2014, reports Chris Carroll.
The governor’s careful statements came last week during an interview at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Pressed repeatedly, Haslam declined to say whether he’ll support DesJarlais if the Jasper physician runs for a third term.
“I think everybody’s kind of clear what the issue is there,” Haslam told editors and reporters, “and I think he’ll have a good bunch of … competition.”
As the ostensibly anti-abortion physician vied for re-election last fall, it emerged he slept with a patient and pressured her to have an abortion. The Times Free Press later disclosed he supported his ex-wife’s abortions and had sexual relationships with another patient and several co-workers at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn.
..”Well, you’ve got some other people who might run, as well,” Haslam said with a laugh. “I’m not in that district. I’ll let that district vote. I’m going to vote for [Knoxvillian and longtime U.S. Rep.] Jimmy Duncan for my congressman.”

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