‘Pro-Life,’ Cheating, Oath-Violating Congressman Reelected

Remember Scott DesJarlais, the congressman from Tennessee who cheating on his wife with at least two of his medical patients (a flagrant violation of the code of ethics) and encouraged one of them, on tape, to have an abortion? I’m sure you won’t be shocked to hear that he appears to have beaten a primary challenge.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who pressured a woman—one of two patients he admitted having affairs with—to get an abortion in the 1990s, appears to have narrowly avoided becoming the fourth Republican incumbent to lose a primary this year. With 100 percent of precincts reporting on Thursday, he led state Sen. Jim Tracy by 35 votes—34,787 to 34,752. (The results are not official and a recount is possible, although the state has no law mandating one in such circumstances.) The abortion revelation emerged after DesJarlais’ 2012 primary, when the only thing standing between him and reelection in the deeply Republican district was a token Democratic candidate in the general election.

But after his reelection, the dominoes continued to fall. Divorce transcripts released two weeks after the race revealed that he and his first wife had decided to abort two pregnancies. That proved a problem for the congressman, who is adamantly pro-life: Per his website, “Congressman DesJarlais believes that all life should be cherished and protected. He has received a 100% score by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the oldest and the largest national pro-life organization in the United States.”

My favorite part of this was that his opponent put out an ad calling attention to DesJarlais’ hypocrisy and this was his response:

DesJarlais spokesman Robert Jameson called the piece “just the sort of disgusting gutter politics we’d expected from [U.S. House Democratic leader] Nancy Pelosi and her allies in Washington.”

Yeah, that’s disgusting. No, not the fact that he cheated on his wife multiple times despite his allegedly “pro-family” principles. Not the fact that he did it with his patients, which can get your medical license yanked and is probably the single biggest ethical breach a doctor can make. Not the fact that he encouraged one of his mistresses to get an abortion despite his self-declared opposition to abortion. No, it’s disgusting to point out that vile behavior. But remember, DesJarlais is exactly the kind of guy who lectures liberals about moral relativism and says his religious values guide him.

If those things don’t disqualify you from winning an election full of allegedly pro-family, pro-life voters, what the hell could possibly do so?

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  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    “what the hell could possibly do so?”

     

    Saying he might have doubts about the Second Coming?

  • raven

    If those things don’t disqualify you from winning an election full of allegedly pro-family, pro-life voters, what the hell could possibly do so?

    1. Hypocrisy is one of their three main sacraments. Desjarlais has that one down for the rest of his life.

    2. I’ve watched the fundies for a while. Many or most of them don’t believe their own perverted version of xianity.

    It’s just a tribal indentity. A box to check. The religion isn’t important, but their tribal identity is.

    3. Ironically, a Democrat senator in Montana, Walsh, did far less than Desjarlais (plagiarism) and recently dropped out of his race. I see his problem now. If Walsh had been a fundie xian in the south, no one would have blinked an eye or cared.

  • raven

    “what the hell could possibly do so?”

    Saying he might have doubts about the Second Coming?

    Lots and lots of stuff.

    1. Vote for the Affordable Care Act.

    2. Deny that Obama is a Moslem Kenyan terrorist.

    3. Claim that women should be paid equal for equal work.

    4. Advocate that birth control be made legal.

    5. Stop calling the Civil War, the War of Northern Aggression and stop claiming the South won.

    6. Claim that ending slavery was a worthwhile achievement.

    7. Stop supporting the 1% on their road to a New Feudalism.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    and is probably the single biggest ethical breach a doctor can make.

    I don’t mean to go all Richard Dawkins on you, but killing your patients is probably the single biggest ethical breach a doctor can make.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    C’mon Ed, it’s time to move forward and not rehash old ground. Amirite?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    what the hell could possibly do so?

    Eating a baby. Then they’d know he was an atheist.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    what the hell could possibly do so?

    I just thought of something: he could be black.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    I’d like Marcus to be this guy’s campaign advisor. Since the candidate appears to be as dumb as a post, he probably wouldn’t question the baby-eating suggestion. (“It’s a signal that you can oppose overpopulation while still opposing abortion! Besides, they’re yummy and tender”)

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    When I lived in KS, I was part of an active GOP group there, mainly for the giggles it provided, and it was rather entertaining to troll them in person.

    They took so much pride in being ‘informed and active’. Well, they were active, politically, but they were about as far from informed as one could get. At one point, I stood in front of the whole group, called them a bunch of partisan hacks who would vote for the guy grilling fetuses on his front lawn as long as there was an (R) next to his name on the ballot. =)

    Good times.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Reginald Selkirk “I don’t mean to go all Richard Dawkins on you, but killing your patients is probably the single biggest ethical breach a doctor can make.”

    Even Doctor Giggles?

     

    Crimson Clupeidae “At one point, I stood in front of the whole group, called them a bunch of partisan hacks who would vote for the guy grilling fetuses on his front lawn as long as there was an (R) next to his name on the ballot.”

    To be fair, the Republican earned those fetuses, while the Democrat Mooched his off a hard-working, income tax-paying, American hard worker who worked hard for everything he worked for!

  • moarscienceplz

    Congressman DesJarlais believes that all life should be cherished and protected.

    Most especially his political life.

  • moarscienceplz

    When I lived in KS, I was part of an active GOP group there, mainly for the giggles it provided, and it was rather entertaining to troll them in person.

    They took so much pride in being ‘informed and active’.

    My local NPR station aired a program today where a judge in a rural county in Texas is advocating for a “nucular” fuel reprocessing plant to be built there. He insisted the he has overcome his “ignorance” of the subject and went on to inform us that the waste from spent fuel could be reduced “to 5%” (of what?) and that it has “a life – NOT a half-life – of 100 years”. I guess when a right-winger overcomes his ignorance he doesn’t have to mess around with namby-pamby things like radioactive half-lives. He can just go full tilt to full-lives.

  • conway

    Why is it that nobody in American politics will ever use the word “Lie?” Or “LIar?”

    The will say their opponent flip-flopped, or mis-remembers, or has his facts wrong, but they will never call him a liar. Even if there is a mountain of evidence to prove it is so.

    It’s always, “My esteemed colleague seems to be unsure of the facts…”

    I want to see the political ad that has the balls to say, “Vote for me because my opponent is a liar. A bald-faced liar. A contemptible liar. A proven liar. He’s a scumbag. You can vote for a scumbag or you can vote for me.”

    Ads like that would go a long way to fixing the mess in our electorate.

  • grumpyoldfart

    One day people like him will be the majority in both houses. Then what?

  • kraut

    “One day people like him will be the majority in both houses. Then what?”

    Even Canada is no longer an option.

  • busterggi

    “what the hell could possibly do so?”

    Discover he’s secretly black.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    “what the hell could possibly do so?”

    Say something nice about Obama.

  • Childermass

    “2. I’ve watched the fundies for a while. Many or most of them don’t believe their own perverted version of xianity.”

    I don’t believe for one second that this guy is now or ever was “prolife” in his actual beliefs assuming he actually believes in anything. Lets face it, if you are a politician who cares primarily about staying in office, in most places “prolife” is clearly the way to go (so long as you are not so fucking stupid to say stuff about rape). And in the Republican party, in all but the most liberal states, “prolife” is the only option.

    As for hypocrisy, ethical beliefs getting set aside when it is convenient to do so is hardly limited to the the fundies.

  • dugglebogey

    I’m in this district in TN.

    If it makes you wonder what kind of douchenozzle Jim Tracy is, the answer is: the douchenozzliest. His entire campaign amounts to “all your problems are caused by brown people!”

    The most disturbing thing about Desjarlais and his inability to keep from getting women pregnant, include those that are not his wife, is that he is an MD. A MEDICAL DOCTOR. Maybe it’s a good idea to put this guy in congress just to keep him away from patients, he’s such an incompetent buffoon.