Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DesJarlatest: Congressman Won't Resign, Second Woman Stands By Story

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Two items from the Chattanooga Times Free-Press to keep you apprised of the situation regarding scandal-ridden Congressman Scott DesJarlais:

First, about that call from Tennessee Conservative Union chairman Lloyd Daugherty for DesJarlais' resignation — the answer is no:

DesJarlais campaign manager Brandon Lewis charged that Daugherty "is neither genuinely conservative or Republican and routinely supports liberal Democrats like Lincoln Davis and Eric Stewart in an effort to drive a wedge among conservative groups for his liberal puppet masters."

Also, the TFP's Chris Carroll reports this morning that DesJarlais' second girlfriend is standing by the version of events she gave to the paper last weekend, despite a statement from DesJarlais calling the story "factually inaccurate":

The woman spoke on condition of anonymity. Her statement came two days after she contacted the newspaper with concerns about the story's accuracy; until Tuesday, she declined to respond to a Times Free Press reporter's follow-up inquiries about what portions of the interview were being challenged.

On Tuesday, the woman said she initially reached out because she "got scared" and didn't realize the interview's potential impact, fearing she may have wrongly remembered details from 12 years ago. But upon further reflection, she said, she stood by her story and the newspaper's account of it.

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