Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), who has refused to leave office in spite of revelations of numerous affairs, including one where he pressured a mistress to have an abortion despite his political opposition to it, defended his position on a conservative radio show Saturday.
“I don’t think, Ralph, that I implied that there was nothing in my past,” DesJarlais said. “I didn’t go back and dig up all my personal shortcomings and display them. I went through this divorce a long time ago. I made a very poor decision in my first marriage. I know God’s forgiven me.”
DesJarlais’ divorce records were released by a judge Nov. 5 following reports that he engaged in affairs with patients during his time working as a physician. They showed that, during his divorce proceedings 12 years ago, he testified that he slept with two coworkers, two patients and a representative from a pharmaceutical company. He also told the court he approved of his ex-wife’s two abortions before they got married.
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