Knox News Sentinal: DesJarlais breaks silence

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U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais said today he never intentionally misled voters about his past and stressed that he has no plans to resign over recent revelations that depict a private life starkly at odds with his public image as an anti-abortion, family values congressman.

In his first extensive remarks since the release of a court transcript from his 14-year-old divorce, the Jasper Republican conceded that he often used "very poor judgment" during his first marriage and the lengthy separation that followed.

But DesJarlais said he is not the same man who supported his first wife's decision to have two abortions. The physician-turned-congressman said he also deeply regrets sexual relationships with multiple women, including two patients, three co-workers and a drug company representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper.

DesJarlais, re-elected to a second term just two weeks ago, said he hopes voters will look at the job he has done while in office and will not judge him on his past.

"I am human," he said during an hour-long interview with the News Sentinel. "I don't think I ever put myself out there to be somebody that was perfect. I put myself out there as somebody who wanted to serve the public."

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Members Opinions:
November 25, 2012 at 8:28am
While the media keeps hammering DesJarlais for his (Clinton like) morality, "they" avoid the fact that the fourth distict did not vote for DesJarlais but rather they voted against the Obama administration.
November 28, 2012 at 5:22pm
I think that DesJarlais has far surpassed Clinton with his actions. A doctor having relationships with patients is about as low as you can go. Excluding what went on within the Catholic church.
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