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Even in Washington, DC, where hypocrisy rules, Republican Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee stands out.
The so-called “social conservative pressured a former lover — a woman he impregnated while married — to have an abortion.
Then divorce proceeding from his wife revealed she had two abortions while they were married.
DesJarlais, a a rabid right-winger, campaign against divorce and supports legislation to try and make the procedure illegal in America.
Several Republicans are helping the ethics-challenged Congressman in fundraising, including three who head Congressional committees: Darrell Issa of California, John Kline of Minnesota and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.
Issa spokesman Fredrick Hill says:
Congressman DesJarlais’s hard work and outstanding contributions to congressional oversight on issues ranging from the devastating impact of Obamacare on small business to job-killing regulations in Tennessee have earned him Chairman Issa’s support. Chairman Issa looks forward to continuing to work with Congressman DesJarlais as he pursues the best interests of his district and our nation.
Congressional sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that the real interest of DesJarlais lies to everyone about his habit of lying in bed with different women.
“He’s a tail chaser,” says one Congressional staffer who asked not to be identified.
Back in Tennessee, voters may not be so willing to forgive and forget. DesJarlais faces tough primary opposition in a redrawn district and opponents say they will use the Congressman’s sexual exploits against him.
“He lied. That’s about all you can say,” says Liz Holiway, a Tennessee GOP state executive committeewoman.
Still, the hardcore support of the hypocritical Republican leadership in Washington will give the incumbent some financial advantages.