Congressional candidate Eric Stewert sent local media a press release on Thursday dealing with alligations that Congressman Scott DeJarlais allegedly suggested a woman he slept with have an abortion.
U.S. Congressman Scott DesJarlais remains silent in the wake of a scandal that broke yesterday in the Huffington Post. The story, which revealed DesJarlais, a medical doctor, had at least four extramarital affairs, slept with one of his patients, and then had a conversation with the patient and tried to convince her to have an abortion, has been published in over 150 media outlets across the country.
This morning, Jeff Styles, the co-host of “The Morning Press” on Chattanooga’s talk radio station, “102.3 The Talk Monster” told his listeners that the day “should not end without someone having his [Congressman DesJarlais’s] resignation on their desk.”
After winning his primary battle in August, DesJarlais received an invitation from his opponent, Eric Stewart, to participate in three debates. DesJarlais refused to accept Stewart's invitation, and also turned down invitations from a newspaper, a TV station, and a university in the district. Stewart participated in the debate with GCTV, with an empty chair next to him, and he will be attending the Southern Standard debate tonight. Over a week ago Desjarlais said he could not attend tonight's debate because he was presiding over a session in Congress. A news story today in the Washington Post reveals this is not the case.
DesJarlais has since told the media that the woman he allegedly urged to get an abortion, was not pregnant after all.