2nd alleged mistress: I smoked pot with Republican Rep. DesJarlais
A second woman who claims she had an affair with tea party-backed Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) while under his medical care says that their relationship included illicit drug use.
Earlier this month, The Huffington Post reported that DesJarlais had an affair with a patient that resulted in the “pro-life” Republican pressuring the unidentified woman to get an abortion in September 2000.
In an interview published by the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sunday, a second patient also claimed that she had a sexual relationship with the former physician.
The woman said that DesJarlais prescribed pain medication and smoked marijuana with her during dates at his home in 2000.
“Scott was just a regular guy,” she explained. “He smoked. I mean, he smoked pot. He [did] all that stuff.”
“His biggest thing that’s completely unethical is him just picking up women while he’s a doctor,” the woman said. “I mean, seriously, that’s his big no-no. … He’s just a hound.”
The alleged second mistress was listed by DesJarlais’ ex-wife as a potential witness in divorce papers, according to the Times Free Press. A family friend confirmed the affair, court filings said.
For its part, DesJarlais’ campaign refused to deny the allegations but said that there was “no place in politics” for “personal smear campaigns that hurt families.”
“This is not a credible story, and it seems that the Chattanooga Times Free Press has no interest in informing their readers about real issues facing Tennesseans but would rather focus solely on a 14-year-old divorce,” campaign manager Brandon Lewis told the paper.
The latest revelations are expected to bolster the campaign of Democratic opponent Eric Stewart, who raised more money than DesJarlais for the first time during the most recent quarter.
“It’s clear from this further revelation that Scott DesJarlais has many issues,” Stewart campaign manager Kevin Teets explained to the Times Free Press. “We hope he’s able to get the help he so clearly needs.”
The American Medical Association code of ethics considers any sexual relationship between physician and patient to be to constitute “sexual misconduct.” Five or more Tennessee physicians have faced discipline over consensual sexual relationships with their patients since 2005.