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Scott DesJarlais Targeted With Second Major Democratic Ad Buy Over Mistresses

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U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, right, is the target of a $180,000 ad buy in the wake of revelations about his extramarital affairs (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, right, is the target of a $180,000 ad buy in the wake of revelations about his extramarital affairs (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

A Democratic group is pouring another $180,000 into the Tennessee race against GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais, the philandering physician who admitted to having an affair with one of his patients and pushing her to get an abortion.

The group House Majority PAC had already spent $100,000 in the contest on behalf of Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart. It is releasing this new ad after a report emerged over the weekend detailing another of DesJarlais' patient-doctor dalliances.

“Another day, another disturbing revelation about Scott DesJarlais’ hypocritical and inappropriate behavior,” said Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC. “The bottom line is this: Scott DesJarlais shouldn’t be in Congress.”

The affairs -- DesJarLais admitted to four in divorce papers -- all happened in the long, slow breakup of his first marriage, from the late 1990s through 2001. DesJarlais has argued that he and his wife had an open marriage, although court records indicate they had ben trying to reconcile when he pushed one of his mistresses to get the abortion, telling the woman he wanted to save his family. He insists his attempt to persuade her was just a ruse he pulled because he did not believe the woman was pregnant.

DesJarlais, who casts himself as a pro-life, family values conservative, had about $320,000 in his campaign account as of last week. Stewart had just $110,000, making the outside group's assistance vital.

According to Stewart's internal polling, the race got dramatically tighter after revelations of DesJarlais' past emerged.

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