Stewart: DesJarlais neglects district's farmers

photo Eric Stewart, from left, Scott DesJarlais

NASHVILLE - Democrat Eric Stewart charged Friday that U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., is showing "complete disregard" to farmers in the 4th Congressional District by refusing to debate him.

Instead, Stewart said, DesJarlais is presiding over a mostly empty U.S. House in Washington, D.C.

Stewart charged in a news release that DesJarlais "betrayed" Tennessee farmers this spring by voting to cut $60 billion from the Department of Agriculture, showing he isn't interested in agricultural issues.

He said DesJarlais, who is from Jasper, Tenn., went to Washington "because he doesn't want to listen to the concerns from people in his district that are not happy about his votes to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 and his votes against giving our military a pay raise."