Democrats targeting Rep. Scott DesJarlais on budget

photo U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - National Democrats have launched a paid "grass-roots campaign" charging that U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., has sided with fellow Republicans "to protect the wealthiest 1 percent at the expense of seniors and the middle class."

Automated and live calls criticizing U.S. House Republicans -- and by implication DesJarlais -- began going out Tuesday in DesJarlais' 4th Congressional District.

The move signals national Democrats' belief that state Sen. Eric Stewart, D-Belvidere, who is running for the 4th District seat, is a credible candidate.

A script for the Democrats' calls said Americans wanted a "bipartisan, big, bold and balanced plan to reduce the deficit and grow our economy -- but that's not what we got."