Scott DesJarlais, Republican congressman from Tennessee is a staunch opponent of abortion, except those that he helped cause. Reports have come out that the newly reelected congressman, prior to his marriage, consented to his now ex-wife getting an abortion on two separate occasions, according to testimony given during his 2001 divorce trial. Also revealed in those transcripts: six affairs! The congressman is also a doctor, and two of those infidelities came with patients, three with coworkers, and one with a drug company representative, while DesJarlais was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn.
DesJarlais won reelection handily over his Democratic opponent, but should he run again in 2014, he will undoubtedly have a more difficult time of it. Republicans may seek to primary him, or convince him not to run if they feel he would endanger a seat in congress. Fortunately for DesJarlais, all of this took place over ten years ago, so there is an ample window to have “seen the error of his ways.” Some voters go for that line, and he’s got most of two years to inoculate himself against that line of attack.
His next campaign might rely heavily on his current wife Susan to call him an “honest family man,” and to not divorce him in the next two years.