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Scott Desjarlais

Physician Congressman Who Had Sex With Patients Stands By Trump

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Maybe Republican leaders are squeamish about denouncing Donald Trump’s sexually predatory remarks because they are familiar with how ...

Philandering Rep. Scott DesJarlais Gets A Fresh Primary Challenger

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

A Tennessee Republican congressman and physician who kept his job through the last two elections -- despite revelations that he had extramarital sex w...

Scott Desjarlais Wins Re-Election To Congress

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Republican Rep. Scott Desjarlais defeated Democrat Lenda Sherrell in Tuesday's midterm election for Congress in Tennessee. Desjarlais and Sherrell ...

Michael McAuliff

DesJarlais Declares Victory Despite Abortion, Ethics And Sex Scandals | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) declared victory Friday in his extremely close re-election battle, saying his "conservative record" enab...

Dem Gubernatorial Nominee Wants To Send Governor To Electric Chair

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

Charlie Brown, a retired engineer with no political experience but interesting views, was chosen Thursday as the Democratic nominee for governor of Te...

Jason Linkins

The Inexplicable Resilience Of Scott DesJarlais, Explained | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

Anyone who's opened an article about Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the past two years has read the same thing in the opening paragraph: DesJarlai...

House GOP Candidate 'Open' To Impeaching Obama

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

Tennessee state Sen. Jim Tracy (R), who is challenging U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the state's Aug. 7 GOP primary, told the Times Free Pre...

Samantha Lachman

7 Primaries You Should Watch This Week | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since Congress has left town for its five-week recess and focus is turning elsewhere, this week's elections across the country will be m...

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Embattled Anti-Abortion Doctor, Struggles To Raise Reelection Funds

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), who managed to win reelection in 2012 despite the revelation that he once pressured his mistress to get an abortion, ...

Anti-Abortion Rep. Who Urged Mistress To Get Abortion Reports Dismal Campaign Funds

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), the anti-abortion doctor who became an embarrassment to his party in 2012 following revelations that he had urged a m...

GOP Lawmaker Tells 11-Year-Old Girl Her Father Should Be Deported

The Huffington Post | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) told an 11-year-old girl who spoke out at a town hall meeting last week that her undocumented father should be deporte...

Scott DesJarlais Finds A Congressman To Take His Money (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) is facing better-funded primary challengers and hasn't got much money in his campaign account ...

Embattled GOP Rep Suffering Major Fundraising Troubles

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

Nine months removed from questionable private-life events entering the public sphere, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) is already facing an uphill 2014...

Joy Resmovits

Education's Bay Of Pigs? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Over the last few months, the louder critics of the Common Core learning standards have associated the initiative with varying degrees of evil: vampir...

GOP Lawmaker Slapped With Tiny Fine For Affairs With Patients

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) was fined $500 Thursday by Tennessee medical authorities for carrying on sexual affairs with his patients. DesJarla...

An Open Letter About Ashley Judd

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Kelly

I don't know Ashley Judd -- I'm just a fan -- and I can say something she doesn't want to hear. She's not going to be the next United States Senator from Kentucky.

Why Is It Easier to Fire Coaches Than Congress?

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Dr. Scott DesJarlais, who cheated on his wife with his patients and asked two of them to get abortions, was easily reelected despite a national scandal. Why? He's a Republican, and the Republican-controlled legislature made sure only a Republican could win his district.

Scandal-Ridden Republican Finishes Election Cycle Nearly Broke And Without Allies

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

House Republicans rushed to deliver campaign cash to scandal-tainted Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the days leading up to the November elections ...

Medical Donors Sick of Scott DesJarlais

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Medical industry donors are apparently getting sick and tired of Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Tennessee Republican doctor who pressured his patient mistre...

LISTEN: Republican Embroiled In Scandal: 'God Has Forgiven Me'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) told a radio host God has "forgiven" him for his scandalous past, including having an affair with a patient and later ...

Michael McAuliff

Scott DesJarlais Faces Request For Congressional Ethics Probe | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An ethics watchdog asked Congress on Tuesday to investigate whether Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais lied about an audio recor...

Embattled GOP Lawmaker Defiant Despite Abortion Scandal

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) won't be going away unless his constituents vote him out, he told the Knoxville News Sentinel Wednesday. Giving his...

TWO-FACED: 15 Political Hypocrites

The Huffington Post | Katy Hall | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) recently made headlines when a phone call transcript revealed that he had sex with a patient while working as a physic...

Saturday Links

Radley Balko | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

Step 1: Take advantage of nepotism to get elected to Congress. Step 2: Be corrupt. Step 3: Go into a deep depression when you're caught for being corrupt. Step 4: Offer to resign, but only on the condition that you get disability pay because of the depression you've suffered after you got caught being corrupt.

NRCC Chairman Donated To Scott DesJarlais

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

Scandal-scarred Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R) didn't get a lot of help from his party after revelations emerged about the physician lawmaker's p...