Keep this politician in mind: Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) is a darling of the Tea Party and is being aided in fund-raising by some of the big wigs in the GOP. A former practicing physician, he also happens to be a staunch anti-abortionist and hater of Obamacare.
“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 [House Oversight and Government Reform Committee] Chairman [Darrell] Issa’s support,” said Issa spokesman Frederick Hill. “Chairman Issa looks forward to continuing to work with Congressman DesJarlais as he pursues the best interests of his district and our nation.”
All that is standard stuff in today’s Republican party. What makes DesJarlis interesting is that the doctor, while married, slept with at least two of his patients (one of whom, according to divorce documents, he coerced into an abortion) and he encouraged his own wife, as their marriage was unraveling, to twice terminate pregnancies.
The unqualified support for someone like DesJarlais is especially interesting given the recently announced re-branding of the Republican Party. However, party big-wigs, while campaigning hard for DesJarlais, apparently don’t want that taken as a signal they intend to retool the GOP into something morally flexible or pro-choice tolerant.
“As I indicated before, I am not one of those who believe we should moderate, equivocate, or otherwise abandon our principles,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, during a recent speech at a Republican National Committee meeting. “This badly disappoints many of the liberals in the national media of course. For them, real change means supporting abortion on demand without apology; abandoning traditional marriage between one man and one woman; embracing government growth as the key to American success; agreeing to higher taxes every year to pay for government expansion; and endorsing the enlightened policies of European socialism.”
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) seems like the perfect candidate to represent the new Republican party.