published Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Democrats target Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais

NASHVILLE — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched a paid “grass-roots campaign” taking U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., to task, charging he has sided with fellow Republicans “to protect the wealthiest 1 percent at the expense of seniors and the middle class.”

Automated or “robo calls” as well as live calls criticizing DesJarlais, a freshman lawmaker from Jasper, began today in the sprawling 4th Congressional District. The effort also includes online ads and an online “action center” where voters can write letters to newspapers about U.S. House Republicans’ priorities.

The robo calls urge listeners to call DesJarlais’ congressional office.

The move signals national Democrats’ belief that state Sen. Eric Stewart, D-Belvidere, who recently announced he is running for the seat, is a credible candidate. Democratic officials won’t say how much they are spending on this week’s effort.

In a news release, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it intends to hold DesJarlais “accountable for forcing the debt super committee to fail by demanding more tax breaks for billionaires while insisting the Medicare guarantee be eliminated.”

The bipartisan panel, charged with making over $1 trillion in cuts, deadlocked over cuts and tax increases.

DesJarlais spokesman Robert Jameson took issue with Democrats seeking to link the congressman to the super committee. He said the congressman voted against the Budget Control Act that also set up the super committee.

“I can tell you with certainty that Congressman DesJarlais was not part of the super committee, nor did he vote for it,” Jameson said.

He said the congressman agrees a “big, balanced bold approach” is needed on the deficit reduction, noting that was why he voted for Republicans’ budget proposal that “closed loopholes for giant corporations while lowering overall tax rates so everybody pays their fair share.”

DesJarlais does oppose Democratic efforts to raise taxes on the wealthy. Jameson said “the congressman doesn’t believe we need to raise taxes on anybody right now.”

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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GreenKepi said...

Do these ‘attack’ dogs have no shame? They attack Congressman Desjarlais when their Democratic president is presiding over the greatest colossal waste of federal money of all the presidents before him combined. Why are they not directing us (which they see as poor uninformed sheep)toward responding against the stimulus package, Obamacare, Solyndra, other green projects and scores of other boondoggles?

Until they can give us an honest accounting for their own recklessness, they have no standing to be demanding we protest against this fine man! Oh...wait...all of the informed - know the answer to this question!

November 30, 2011 at 9:22 p.m.
Marathon5454 said...

The Dems are dreaming--Obama socialism doesn't play in this district

November 30, 2011 at 10:43 p.m.
jpark said...

DesJarlais' rode the Tea Party train to get elected but that train has derailed. He only knows how to vote no on everything that helps the majority of Americans and the voters will be saying NO to him.

December 4, 2011 at 10:11 p.m.
ducksoup said...

The republicans represent the wealthy and have no intention of asking the top 1 percent to help pay off this countries debt. As far as that goes they have no intention of asking any of us to sacrifice. They tell us what we want to hear but not what we need to hear. \

March 15, 2012 at 1:41 a.m.
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