Desjarlais lagging behind in fundraising, disclosure shows

Desjarlais lagging behind in fundraising, disclosure shows

April 16th, 2013 by Andy Sher in Local Regional News

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais

Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - U.S. Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., finds himself behind a financial eight-ball in his 2014 re-election effort, raising just $104,474 during the first three months of this year, according to his latest disclosure filed Monday.

After expenditures of $26,385, the Jasper physician reported having just $87,426 in cash on hand, according to his federal election commission filing.

His GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, reported raising nearly $400,000, while state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lacassas, reported raising about $205,000.

Tracy says he has $400,000 cash on hand.

Desjarlais has been hit by revelations he urged a patient, with whom he had an affair, to get an abortion in 2000.

Court documents show he also agreed to his then-wife getting two abortions in the 1990s.