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October surprise leaves DesJarlais, Stewart in dead heat

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WINCHESTER, Tenn. – Voters in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional district are not reacting favorably to the news that U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a licensed medical doctor, admits to having four affairs, sleeping with one of his patients, and then phoning the patient, encouraging her to have an abortion.

Following the revelations of last week, a poll conducted by Myers Research on Oct. 15th and 16th shows that DesJarlais is now in a statistical dead heat with his opponent, Democratic State Senator Eric Stewart.

“The people of Tennessee deserve to have a congressman to represent them that has not caused the type of national embarassment that we've seen from Congressman DesJarlais. He has been an embarrassment to elected officials, to the state of Tennessee, and to the medical profession. He’s violated his oath of marriage, the oath he took as a doctor, and the trust of the voters,” Stewart said.

DesJarlais' October surprise came from the Huffington Post, who reported Oct. 10 on transcripts of a conversation between the representative and a mistress.

The transcripts allegedly reveal DesJarlais had an affair with a female patient and later pressured her to have an abortion – a situation that could have possibly violated ethical guidelines set forth by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.

According to the guidelines, any sexual contact that occurs between a physician and patient constitutes misconduct.

he Huffington Post's story was followed with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filing a complaint Monday, Oct. 15 with the Tennessee Medical Examiner’s Board asking that DesJarlais be investigated immediately for having sex with one of his patients.

The freshman Republican, who has refused to discuss issues in debates with Stewart, said his opponent is using the allegations to “run from his out-of-touch positions and far-left beliefs and straight to the same, old gutter politics” that 4th District voters rejected during the 2010 campaign against former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis.

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October 18, 2012 at 7:45am
The choice is between one who cheated on his wife and one who cheated on his taxes and maybe misused campaign funds. Its a Cad vs a Crook election in the forth.
October 18, 2012 at 11:26am
DesJarlais is a scumbag and a liar. His only claim to fame is that he voted against Obamacare. Apparently he doesn't realize that Tennessee gets more benefits from the federal government than its citizens pay in taxes and that medical care for those many Tennesseans without access to it would be a good thing. And, as a doctor from a rural Tennessee area with lots of folks without medical insurance, you would think his concern for patients would outweigh his political connections. Apparently not, he is concerned only for himself and re-election. Sad!
October 18, 2012 at 11:42am
Bota, I've just read a few articles on this issue of Stewart's tax issue, and it seems to me his violation was paying his taxes late. If there's more to this, please inform me. If not, then paying tax liens is a far cry from from cheating on taxes. It's not like he's hiding his money in off-shore tax havens or collecting his pension through corporate dividends. ;)
October 18, 2012 at 2:04pm
Stewart failed to pay his personal and business income taxes in 2002 and again in 2011. At the same time irregularities popped up in his use of campaighn fund.
"They point to a 2010 audit of Stewart's 2008 campaign finances in which state Registry of Election Finance auditors issued nine critical findings. Among them was Stewart's removal of $21,887.80 from his campaign account without reporting the related disbursements on his campaign financial disclosure statements." He has a string of recent "accounting errors" with reporting his campaign funds. Maybe you want someone who is in financial trouble and a tax scofflaw representing you but I don't. The same people who are bad mouthing DeJarlais voted for Bill Clinton whose marital infidelity escapades make dejarlais seem like the Pope.The lobbiests are licking their chops hoping that this fiscally challenged and broke klutz gets elected.

October 19, 2012 at 9:24pm
Yeah well, I'm pretty sure no babies die when you're late on your tax bill, bota.
October 21, 2012 at 12:12pm
The evidence suggests that DesJarlais is a liar, an adulterer, and a hypocrite. What more can you ask of a GOP candidate?
October 21, 2012 at 12:46pm
No matter what DesLarais is or is not, people did not vote for him as much as they were voting against Obama and the Democratic controlled congress. Obama has elected a bunch of Republicans.
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