published Saturday, November 17th, 2012

DesJarlais' duplicity

Tennessee Democrats understandably called for newly re-elected Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who represents the state's 4th District, to resign Thursday after testimony from the transcript of his 2001 divorce trial was reported by The Chattanooga Times Free Press. Republicans in his district, elsewhere in the state and round the nation should join that demand. The details revealed in the sworn testimony are that damning.

Some of the details contained in the transcript of the proceedings between the physician and his first wife -- at least two sexual affairs with patients, his urging one of his paramours to have an abortion -- were public knowledge during the just concluded campaign in which DesJarlais defeated Democratic challenger Eric Stewart. DesJarlais told voters to pay no attention to the charges, suggesting they had little merit and that they were the product of a smear campaign designed to distract voters from the true issues in the campaign. He was wrong on both counts.

The charges leveled during the campaign did have merit. Indeed, they were just a suggestion of things to be revealed in the transcript. Court testimony revealed that DesJarlais admitted to having sexual relations with at least two patents, three co-workers and a drug representative. He admitted, as well, to paying for a plane ticket to Las Vegas and giving an $875 watch to one lover-patient and prescribing powerful pain medication for her as well. That conduct clearly violates patient-physician ethical standards and could lead to the loss of his license to practice medicine.

According to the transcript, DesJarlais also encouraged his ex-wife to get two abortions before their marriage. It's hard to square that admission with DesJarlais' public and political stance as "a consistent supporter of pro-life values." The congressman might have been able to escape the consequences of his testimony and the differences between his personal conduct and public utterances before the transcript was revealed, but he should be required to respond now.

It's unlikely he will. He'll try to ride out the storm.

DesJarlais understandably had little to say about his conduct during either of his successful campaigns, other than to loudly complain about the allegedly devious tactics of Democrats opposed to him. All that was double-talk of the worst kind. Turns out the opponents were correct about DesJarlais' political, moral and ethical shortcomings. The doctor was the one who engaged in duplicitous conduct.

DesJarlais' deceit, prevarications and hypocrisy about his conduct make him unfit for office. He should resign from the House of Representatives promptly. If he refuses to do so, 4th District voters should explore ways to bring him home from Washington.

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Unfortunately, they don't have a way, unless they can persuade the rest of the House to expel him.

I suppose they could find a way to bring criminal charges against him, that might work.

November 17, 2012 at 12:50 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

Representative Desjarlais accepted $960,000 in "Citizens United" style superpac money during the 2010 elections. How do people who paid over a million dollars to get him elected feel about his representation now? Maybe we shouldn't have sent someone to Congress who can be so easily bought off. Not only has he embarrassed our state, but his ethical failings have cost people a hefty sum.

Scott Desjarlais: untrustworthy.

November 17, 2012 at 6:43 a.m.
EaTn said...

DesJarlais obviously represents the values of the voters in his district, was overwhelmingly elected and should stay. How is he different from other politicians who campaign on one set of values and practice something else? Our state and national legislation are full of them.

November 17, 2012 at 7:48 a.m.
rolando said...

Much the same could be said about The Obama's recent re-election, EaTn. "...[H]e represents the values of the voters...".

It isn't just the legislatures that are full of...well...lies.

Point is, the voters have spoken just as they did for The Obama. They have chosen a known "evil" over an unknown "evil", especially since the "known" has performed well insofar as their narrow interests go.

But then, Progressives always have loved their sex scandals...while ignoring the important issues.

Using the courts, in one way or another, is not the answer.

November 17, 2012 at 8:24 a.m.
timbo said...

Yea, but he's not a liberal. He is holding up the great tradition of Kennedy and Clinton. I wonder if he knows what the definition of "is" is? If you cared about truth you would care about the "dog ate my homework" lies being told about Bengazi.

Your just a bunch of damn partisan hypocrites.

November 17, 2012 at 9:17 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Democrats are absurd. You keep your inept Jimmmy Carter President, and we will keep our elected officials. Let's face it the ethics bar has been less than tops for Barrack Hussein, or Barry, whatever name he is going by these days.

DeJarlais is our Republican pick, not the liberals. He is staying.Just because the Dems don't like him, does not mean he should resign. Conservatives will pick DeJarlais replacement, as well, and don't you forget it :-)

November 17, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.
librul said...

Desjarlais is the albatross around the repugs neck. If THEY want to wear him with pride - let THEM, it will just further impress the district's voters that lying, misoginy and hypocrisy are acceptable to the repug party's members and platform and their irrelevance will become clearer to everyone. They've needed a local ambassador of immorality for some time. Now they have one.

November 17, 2012 at 9:46 a.m.
timbo said...

Librul.....I've got one word for you....Bengazi. Everything you said about Dejarlais is true of President Piss Ant. Hypo racy? guys invented it.

November 17, 2012 at 9:51 a.m.

Keep up your "love" for Desjarlais.

Every excuse you make for him demonstrates Republican hypocrisy and dishonesty.

If you can't live by your own standards, what do you have to offer?

But yeah, Jimmy Carter replaced by Ronald Reagan. That worked so well. How does Bengazi stack up to the Iran-Contra affair or the Lebanon barracks bombing? The Savings and Loan Crisis? The Superfund and EPA scandals? The Iowa gun explosion?

Can we post facto rescind Reagan's election?

November 17, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.
librul said...

Benghazi, Benghazi, Blah, Blah, Blah - you Faux News redshirts are disgusting. You would look for conspiracies up Glenn Beck's bum. Sadly, you won't find anything there but his head.

Why don't you reform yourselves like more and more of the party's principals are now doing in the realization that it is the only hope for the survival of the party. At least you would have a chance at relevance.

November 17, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.
jesse said...

As far as i've seen so far Dejarlais hasn't broken any laws so he's set for two years! You can bet he will be in deep kim chee next election! But hey he's a politician,what did you expect?

BTW:librul,6 mo.'s from now Benghazi is gonna be hung around Obamas neck like Monica's drawers was around Clintons!

November 17, 2012 at 11 a.m.

He may not have committed any criminal acts, but he's certainly compromised his professional license.

I do hope that is revoked.

November 17, 2012 at 11:04 a.m.
jesse said...

That will prob.come about,Bulbs and 2 years from now he will be history! The Dems. will come up w/a viable candidate and the Repubs. will cut him loose! His dist.will be tough for any dem.! Some of the churches on the backside of the mtn.still keep snakes around!LOL!

November 17, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.
EaTn said...

jesse: BTW:librul,6 mo.'s from now Benghazi is gonna be hung around Obamas neck like Monica's drawers was around Clintons!

Benghazi is the cry-babies post election tantrum for Obama win. If the dems had made half the fuss over Bush's WMD's it would have accomplished far more than the Benghazi witch hunt.

November 17, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.
gypsylady said...

It's not so much that DesJarlais is duplicitous - he's a manslut, nothing, more nothing less. The duplicity belongs really belongs to any "values voters" who put him back in office. His seat wasn't needed, the Tennessee legislature is overwhelmingly Republican. The local GOP knew that - party trumps values.

November 17, 2012 at 1:16 p.m.
jesse said...

EaTn,That may be true BUT if you think they ain't gonna hound him to death over it then you don't understand how the system works! After 9/11 every body was fired up and out for blood,by the time the wmd were shown to be nonexistent we were knee deep in a war!

The repub have nothing else to hang on Obama so they will hound him for the next 4 years over this! It ain't gonna go away!!

November 17, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Dim brained liberals did not elect DerJarlais, and they won't replace him. Conservatives will pick his replacement, next term. Complain all you want. I guess DesJarlais could do the Dem thing and claim it really wasn't sex. Shut up about OUR Congressman.

November 17, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Benghazi is the cry-babies post election tantrum for Obama win. If the dems had made half the fuss over Bush's WMD's it would have accomplished far more than the Benghazi witch hunt." - EaTn

Exactly right. If Benghazi turns out to be for Obama what the Lewinsky affair was for Clinton, it will only be because of the Repubs' crazed obsession over it. While it was certainly an unfortunate event, it's obvious to any objective observer that there was no cover-up and especially no "conspiracy."

The Dems should and could have pushed hard for censure and even indictment of Bush after enough evidence surfaced to nail him for war crimes. He didn't just act on faulty intelligence, he outright lied to the American people about WMDs and Saddam Hussein's connections to Al-Qaeda, and there is ample evidence to prove that. He is directly responsible for the lost lives of over 5000 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. The prolonged war in Afghanistan has been needless, too, but that's another story in itself.

Repubs squandered $40 million (!!) and practically the entire duration of Clinton's presidencey trying/hoping to dig up more dirt on a simple sordid affair that any reasonable person could see should have been taken at face value (no pun intended). Only $15 mill was spent on investigating 9/11, and lies and faulty science were allowed to be presented as evidence and that was the end of it. NOTHING was spent nor time expended on investigating Bush's obvious lies about Iraq, hundreds of thousands of innocent people died on account of him, and the Repubs are crying and screaming about one unfortunate occurrence under a Democrat admninistration in an already dangerous part of the world where our ambassadors knowingly risk their lives in oftentime hostile situtions.


November 17, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

As for DesJarlais...

John Edwards was caught with his hand in the cookie jar, and while what he did was indecent by anyone's standards, he never flaunted his "family values" as a platform to run on. He didn't have to be forced to resign. He left willingly, having the good sense to know that few, if any, Democrats would ever support him again. Anthony Weiner acted childishly and stupidly in tweeting his personal parts to a stranger but, again, he never flaunted his "family values" as a running point. Still, he resigned willingly. He at least had enough integrity and possessed the human quality of feeling shame for what he did.

DesJarlais and his rabid supporters know nothing of shame, however. They only know arrogance, deceit, and hypocrisy. All that matters to them is whether or not their representatives will vote along the party line, not whether they have integrity and substance. Today's GOP is out of line with the rest of America because they don't even know what it means to be in line with themselves as honest, decent human beings.

November 17, 2012 at 2:24 p.m.
timbo said...

Rickaroo .......I guess you guys and the media are "Objective." What a joke. Anyone, including you pinkos, can see how strange this all looks. Also, This was an issue before the election dumbass. This has Watergate potential.

Where implying that Clinton Shouldn't have been investigated? He lied like a dog just like President Piss Ant. Your blinded by partisanship. At the very least Obama is incompetent.

The point was you are hypocrites by not caring about Democrats not keeping Mr. Happy in their pants but having a duck over DeJarlais. Be consistent.

November 17, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"At the very least Obama is incompetent."

Unlike Bush who was so COMPETENT as to allow 9/11 to happen? It is on the record that Bush had prior warnings (plural) that there was about to be a major attack within the U.S. by terrorists using commercial aircraft as weapons. He had ample time to find out the nature of the attack but chose to do NOTHING. You mean that kind of competent? And if you don't think Bush lied outright about WMDs and Husseins's "connections" to Al-Qaida, then he was at least negligent in finding out the facts as to whether or not he had them or if he had any real connections. He had plenty of time to ferret out the truth but he chose to act impulsively, in order to prevent that "mushroom cloud" on American soil. You mean that kind of competent? And on 9/11, even after it was reported that 4 commercial jets had been hijacked, they all were in the air plenty long enough for every one of them to have been taken down before hitting their targets, but neither Bush nor Cheney apprised NORAD that a real attack was taking place. And in fact Cheney had our defense pilots "stand down" from striking the plane heading toward the Pentagon. You mean that kind of competent?

"The point was you are hypocrites by not caring about Democrats not keeping Mr. Happy in their pants but having a duck over DeJarlais. Be consistent."

Sir, how's your reading comprehension skills workin' out for ya? Obviously not very well. Nowhere did I say that I or any Democrats don't care whether or not our representatives keep "Mr. Happy in their pants." Nowhere did I say or even imply such a thing. It's pointless to try to reason with someone who cannot, or chooses not, to even read at a basic level of understanding.

November 17, 2012 at 3:33 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention Bush's COMPETENCE on the economics front - how he almost overnight and singe-handedly turned a surplus into a deficit in an otherwise robust economy, with his tax cuts and two unfunded wars. Yeah, it's a cryin' shame that Obama can't be comptetent like that.

November 17, 2012 at 4:08 p.m.
tipper said...

You have to love the "no comments" from the Tennessee Republican legislators, the governor, Corker, and Fleischmann on DeJarlais. Such fine, upstanding public servants who sell their souls when it comes to harboring one of their own to protect a vote in Congress for "family values and morality." Makes one want to take a shower. It's no wonder Obama handily won the election with "gifts" like DeJarlais and his supporters.

November 18, 2012 at 8:56 p.m.

Phil Roe's was more classic:

"I don't know that it reflects badly," Roe told the Washington, D.C., newspaper Roll Call. "I think it's an individual decision that someone's made."

November 18, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.
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