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« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2012, 03:45:20 pm »
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it's one thing to later be personally opposed to it, but a person who's had an abortion Ford Pinto has no right to publicly advocate denying everyone else a choice they themselves had.

What about if they enjoyed a massive tax exemption for capital gains?

The reformed _____'s are often the best people to show you why _____ is a bad idea. That said what the guy did was horrible.
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2012, 05:23:00 am »
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Surely the word 'pressured' (combined with certain other details) makes this a wee bit worse than this man being a hypocrite.
Exactly. A dumb quote of 12 years ago shouldn't matter anymore. A drunk driving incident of 12 years ago shouldn't matter anymore.
This sort of thing otoh...
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2012, 04:44:51 pm »

I'll bet a $1000 that to the extent this guy was involved in local politics 10 years ago, he was (publically) adamantly pro-life.

I agree with Cathcon and Keystone Phil: Disgusting.
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« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2012, 05:41:13 am »
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Lol wikipedia.

"DesJarlais has since stated that he supports abortion only in cases of rape, or to save the mother's life, although there is no evidence that he had raped his mistress or that her life was in danger."
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« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2012, 08:50:23 am »
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I don't understand why this should matter to voters. Guy's not seeking election as Husband of the Year. All the personality driven crap is what's wrong with politics. Policy is much more important.
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« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2012, 09:26:32 am »
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Good news guys! She wasn't actually pregnant! Everything's fine.

Though this may be one of those abortions performed on non-pregnant women that Todd Akin was warning us about. Hm...
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« Reply #31 on: October 15, 2012, 09:34:00 pm »
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Ugh. This is about as low as you can go.
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« Reply #32 on: October 15, 2012, 10:03:35 pm »
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I don't understand why this should matter to voters. Guy's not seeking election as Husband of the Year. All the personality driven crap is what's wrong with politics. Policy is much more important.


A doctor having an affair with a patient and then pressuring her to undergo an optional surgical procedure for purposes of covering his ass rather than her medical need is a gross violation of professional ethics that surely casts doubt on someone's ability to maintain the public trust in office. This is totally consistent with thinking that extramarital sex shouldn't normally be politically relevant and that abortion isn't immoral as such.
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« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2012, 11:01:26 pm »
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he should pull one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RvNS7JfcMM
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« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2012, 02:21:44 am »
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Lol wikipedia.

"DesJarlais has since stated that he supports abortion only in cases of rape, or to save the mother's life, although there is no evidence that he had raped his mistress or that her life was in danger."

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« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2012, 03:29:19 am »
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I posted this in the thread in Congressional Elections but it fits here too:

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A watchdog group has filed a complaint about with the Tennessee Department of Health over DesJarlais's conduct.

Mitt Romney's campaign quietly removed DesJarlais's endorsement from their website last week, without making a comment on the matter.

DesJarlais has responded to everything by highlighting that it was a difficult time for him, in the midst of a long two-year divorce, but emphasizes that she ended up not being pregnant so she didn't get an abortion. He also points out that he's been happily married for the last decade, and claims these allegations were brought up by "a disgruntled, defeated ex-congressman, a vindictive ex-wife, and a desperate Democratic candidate." TNGOP has released a statement supporting DesJarlais, but when reporters asked Governor Haslam and Senator Alexander about it they both dodged the question and made no comment in support of the Congressman.

Stewart's first ad is up. It attacks DesJarlais for voting to raise taxes, trying to "destroy Medicare", increasing the deficit, opposing pay raises for soldiers, and "chickening out" of a debate with Stewart.

And here's some more fun facts! (From the links in the quote above, mostly. Emphasis below is my own)

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The DesJarlais campaign has dismissed the details as "old news" and personal attacks by the congressman's opponents from the last election cycle. But while the 2010 campaign did feature allegations raised during his divorce that he intimidated his ex-wife with a gun and in one instance put a gun in his mouth for three hours the abortion element was not public knowledge until this week.

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"First, there was never any pregnancy and there was no abortion," he said. "Second, my ex-wife and I had been separated for quite some time before this incident. There was an agreement in our separation that both she and I could see other people while finalizing the divorce. To say that I had a mistress or that I had an affair is inaccurate."

According to court records, the couple had a "written" agreement at some point regarding "dating" others. But the court records make clear that the pair had been trying to reconcile for a year when the call was recorded in September 2000, and that both had ceased making charges in court. It's unclear why the reconciliation collapsed, but it happened shortly after the call was recorded.

DesJarlais admitted to at least four affairs, according to the court filings. The judge on the case said DesJarlais' indiscretions caused the marital problems.

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