A pro-life Congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea-party backed Republican is in serious hot water. Scott had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion, as disclosed by a recently leaked transcript of a phone call made in September 2000.
According to the congressman, Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, he was attempting to save his marriage at that time
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"You told me you'd have an abortion, and now we're getting too far along without one," DesJarlais tells the woman at one point in the call. "You told me you would have time to go with me and everything," the woman complains.
"I said, if I could, I would, didn't I? And I will try," DesJarlais says. "If I can [find] time, you're saying you still will?"
"This is not fair to me. I don't want you in my life," the woman says.
Commenting on the audio tape and its contents a spokesperson for Scott said, “This is old news from the last election cycle that Tennesseans have already widely rejected. Desperate personal attacks do not solve our nation’s problems, yet it appears that there are those who choose to continue to engage in the same gutter politics that were characterized by national media as the nastiest in the nation just two years ago.”
Also, this isn’t the first time DesJarlais’s personal life has become an issue. His 2010 campaign had to contend with documents pertaining to his divorce that alleged violent behavior.
The recent new development could complicate DesJarlais’s reelection bid, and at the same time provide Democrats a steep uphill climb against the congressman in a district that leans heavily towards Republican.