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Forrester: GOP DesJarlais Silence ‘Tantamount to Approval’

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney distanced himself from scandal-plagued Congressman Scott DesJarlais, the Tennessee Republican Party said it would stand behind the self-described “pro-life” and “family values” Republican, who reportedly pressured one of his mistresses to have an abortion. Chairman Chip Forrester issued a statement Friday denouncing the GOP’s apathy toward DesJarlais’ habitual dishonesty and hypocrisy.
“I’m truthfully shocked Chairman Chris Devaney has not already withdrawn his party’s support for the disgraceful Scott DesJarlais and that any Republican official would refuse to condemn unethical and immoral behavior of this magnitude,” Forrester said. “Scott DesJarlais could not deny that he had an affair with a patient and, when faced with the consequences of his actions, he subsequently pressured her to have an abortion.
“The silence and inaction of Chairman Devaney and the Republican establishment is tantamount to approval of DesJarlais’ unbelievable dishonesty and astonishing hypocrisy,” Forrester said.

Stewart Accuses DesJarlais of Hypocrisy on Taxes

News release from Eric Stewart campaign:
In the 4th Congressional District, over 100,000 people could lose $996 a year under DesJarlais plan
It was quite hypocritical to see Rep. Scott DesJarlais join Gov. Bill Haslam, me, and other Tennessee lawmakers this week when the governor signed the bill to lower the sales tax on groceries. The Congressman wants to be in the photo announcing bipartisan legislation for working Tennessee families that he had absolutely nothing to do with, yet he voted against working families when he had the chance to support them in Washington.
In Tennessee, state lawmakers worked this year with Gov. Haslam in a bipartisan manner to reduce the sales tax on food. Reducing the sales tax on groceries is a small step in the right direction. It is a bill that I was glad to support with my colleagues in the State Senate.
Since his time in D.C., DesJarlais has voted against Tennesseans who work for a living. He voted to end the payroll tax cuts–a measure that would cost working class families about $83 a month.[1] According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median income in year 2010 for citizens of the new 4th Congressional District, was $37,966. That means that everyone in the district that earns $50,000 a year or less, would lose around $996 a year if DesJarlais is successful in raising taxes on working class families.