Forrester calls for Haslam's texts with DesJarlais over affair flap

Monday, October 29, 2012 at 4:43pm

Tennessee’s top Democrat is demanding Gov. Bill Haslam’s staff release text messages with the governor about revelations U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who is also a doctor, had a sexual relationship with a former patient.

The call for the text messages comes a day after a second DesJarlais patient said she also had a sexual relationship with DesJarlais. The GOP congressman is seeking re-election in the 4th District.

“DesJarlais ran his medical practice like a Craigslist cat house and now he’s mad that people are upset about it,” said Chip Forrester, executive director of the Tennessee Democratic Party who has called for DesJarlais’ resignation.

On the national level, the Democratic Party is in the midst of pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the congressional race that pins DesJarlais against Democrat state Sen. Eric Stewart. The district stretches from Smyrna to Chattanooga and includes a swath of West Tennessee.

DesJarlais admitted he had a relationship with a patient while he and his wife were separated. Transcripts of the conversation reveal the pro-life candidate had pressured the woman to have an abortion. DesJarlais said the woman was never pregnant and said the issue is “old news.”

According to Forrester, the state Democratic Party requested copies of text messages from the governor’s office. The governor's office confirmed it has seven business days to respond to the open records request, which was filed a week ago.

Forrester, who is leaving his leadership post at the end of the year, charges that “Scott DesJarlais shouldn’t be in Congress. He should be in jail,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday.

Since 2005, the state has disciplined five doctors for having consensual relationships with their patients, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

24 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/29/12 at 5:40

Forrester hoping to go out like the protective bear over his cubs. Does he
think the Governor and Congressman were swapping names or something.
Consensual sex whether it occurred or not is not against the law for adults.
You'd think a lawyer wold know that? Same argument made in 2008 lose.

By: Ask01 on 10/30/12 at 4:10

Curious, isn't it?

When President Clinton was involved in extra marital hanky panky, the Republicans were outraged, spending tons of money to prove a middle aged man will lie when confronted with such dalliances. The stated reason for the circus was lying under oath, a reasonable cover, but as noted before, what did you expect him to say about consensual sex?

With DesJarlais, we have more to ponder, such as the ethics of a doctor trolling for dates among his patients, allegations of domestic abuse, as I recall, and a double standard about abortion, attempting to coerce a mistess into having an abortion, even though he claims to oppose such.

I believe this is an excellent way to exit, leaving two Republicans to stutter, mumble, and spin as they strive to deflect an embarassing situation.

You go Chip.

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 7:13

Chip Forrester is a tool. He acts like the demtards are angels--sheesh--they are the most depraved group of pukes in the world.

Chippie will be saintly for the media, then go back to purchasing Hollywood sex tapes. You go, Chippie!

By: conservarage on 10/30/12 at 7:29

give it up chippy - gimmiecrats are done in this state.

By: njmccune on 10/30/12 at 7:46

So here is the bigger question: Who could have sex with this guy? He is absolutely repulsive in every way. He is typical of the GOP... I want what I want and no rights for women ever...

By: C.A.Jones on 10/30/12 at 8:06

It doesn't matter how ugly you think he is. He's rich. That's why women sleep with ugly men. That's also why we call this type of women whores. Stereotypes are based on reality.

By: budlight on 10/30/12 at 8:16

That oval office blow job has made Monica Lewenski a wealthy woman (or shall I say girl). She just signed a book deal for 12 million.

Those women had rights to start with njmccune. Every woman has the right to say NO, then if she is raped, the right to file charges and prosecute. But consensual sex is another story. When I was 23 a surgeon who was operating on my arm asked me out. I said sure. Turns out he was creepy. We had 2 dates that he kept, the others he had his office call to say he had emergency surgery! Duh! He was divorced and had told his wife with 4 kids -- it's my way or the highway. She took the highway and lots of his money. Good for her.

Doctors can be a rare breed, but most of them -- both men and women -- are just normal people who happen to be extremely smart and are doctors.

By: pswindle on 10/30/12 at 9:10

The dems are not toast in TN. We have been a sleep, but waking up. If this were a democrat, the GOP wpould call in the firing squad. Haslam can't sweep this under the rug.

By: jonw on 10/30/12 at 9:36

Slick Willie survived it in The People's House with an intern while married. So why can't a Dr. survive it in his own house while in divorce proceedings?

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 10:21

Slick Willie is pleasured while wifey sleeps two rooms away, and Chippie Forrester is o.k. with that? Chippie is the real creep.

Demtards are perpetual adolescents who do nothing but scream like hysterical teenagers.

By: karatero on 10/30/12 at 10:57


You might want to check your legal facts again. It is illegal according to ethics laws for a doctor to have sex with a patient. You might have forgotten to read the last sentence of the article......

By: G.Scout on 10/30/12 at 12:00

govskeptic -- once again, you are WRONG. It surely IS illegal for certain adults to have CONSENSUAL sex.

By: G.Scout on 10/30/12 at 12:02

And to C.A.Jones -- Since when did we start calling women who sleep with ugly men "whores"? Wow, there are a ton of whores out there then cause there sure are a TON OF UGLY MEN!

By: Moonglow1 on 10/30/12 at 1:39

Moonglow1: Sex with patients is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath.

By: Jughead on 10/30/12 at 2:27

Bill Clinton was disbarred for lying under oath about sex. Where was the Chiptster then? Calling for a prison term for Slick Willie? I think not. Forrester is just a political tool who has zero credibility.

By: kellygirl on 10/30/12 at 2:28

I must agree with; Moonglow1: Sex with patients is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath.
Health care practitioners must sign and agree to a "Code of Ethics" The demoncrat Desjarlais obviously cared more about his self fulfillment and Johnson stick than his ethics. Same for former Prez Bill Clinton. I changed my party because Dems are NOT to be trusted ever never ever

By: Moonglow1 on 10/30/12 at 4:53

Moonglow1: kellygirl
Desjarlies is a TP republican

The American Medical Association will revoke his medical license. The stupidity of these posts is astounding. Democrat, TP republican, independent, socialist, whatever: this physician violated medical ethics and is not fit to practice medicine nor fit to hold public office. Clinton & others have nothing to do with this case. Desjairlais is a sleaze ball who should be in jail.

By: govskeptic on 10/30/12 at 5:35

karatero: You can read every sentence you like. The Law is one thing and
the Medical ethics is another. You don't go to jail or trial in a criminal court
over medical ethics, maybe have your license removed, unless it's a case
13 yrs old such as this.

By: budlight on 10/30/12 at 6:45

By: karatero on 10/30/12 at 11:57

You might want to check your legal facts again. It is illegal according to ethics laws for a doctor to have sex with a patient. You might have forgotten to read the last sentence of the article.....

Ethics codes and rules may or may not be laws. It depends on how the law is written. I didn't look it up.

Still where were those rules in Washington: What goes on in washington, gets spread all over the country (when someone can benefit).

Here is what's wrong with our country: I heard an ad or news story about a seminar or something to address teachers having sex with kids. During the ad, a voice over said in the background "nobody can keep secrets". What the hell does that mean? Nobody should keep secrets is what the ad should have said.

By: Ask01 on 10/31/12 at 3:36

Neither party has anywhere close to a legitimate claim to moral superiority.

Digging deep enough, I am certain 'dirt' could be gathered on anyone. Said 'dirt' need not be of an illegal nature, but merely embarrassing, and creating an unsightly stain on an almost certainly manufactured artificial image.

That said, I find the situation extremely humorous as Republicans try to spin away the DesJarlais Affair as insignificant and a private matter. Almost ironic when one consideres the expensive national spectacle staged by the party to embarrass President Clinton.

If the Republicans expected the Democrats to give them a pass when one of their own was caught in a compromising circumstance, this truly indicates faulty reasoning and deluded thinking. Perhaps even indicative of a superiority complex placing them beyond answering to the public they, after all, do serve.

I believe the pendulum is nearing the end of it's swing to the far right in Tennessee. In a few years, I see it begining back the opposite direction soon, perhaps with Mr. DesJarlais as one of the catalysts.

Of course, the damage could be blunted, and the inevitable delayed if the Republicans would cut Mr. DesJarlais loose like a fouled anchor, but I prefer if they all stick together and let the public see both faces.

By: Jughead on 10/31/12 at 9:55

Demtards ignore their own party's indiscretions; go bananas when it is a Republican.

By: Ask01 on 11/1/12 at 4:43

One advantage enjoyed by many Democrats is the ability to engage in social discourse without resorting to name calling.

By: yucchhii on 11/5/12 at 12:39

ever see movie with George Strait called Pure Country? In it is scene where the old man at the kitchen table asks George "Ya know that little white speck on the top of chicken &*@%? Well that's STILL chicken &*@%!!! What happens when two criminals open their mouths? A TURD falls out!!! Because that's ALL a politicians does is talk &*@%!!! WHO GIVES A RATS ASS ABOUT ANY CRIMINALS??? "YOU KNOW" they don't give a DAM about you or me!!! These guys are PROVEN CRIMINALS!!!

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