Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who has taken a series of political hits over the past few months stemming from revelations from a more than decade-old divorce, is facing his first primary challenger. Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy announced a bid for Congress in Tennessee's 4th congressional district, Roll Call reports.
DesJarlais, a doctor, has come under scrutiny since The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported he once had "sexual relationships with at least two patients, three coworkers and a drug representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn." The paper also reported that a decade before calling himself "a consistent supporter of pro-life values," DesJarlais supported his ex-wife's decision to get two abortions before their marriage, according to the congressman's sworn testimony during his divorce trial.
In his announcement, Tracy emphasized his conservative bona fides and made a not-so-subtle comparison with the congressman.
"I am running for Congress because our government is broken - morally and financially," Tracy said in a statement. "I am a conservative in word and deed. I have lived my life both personally and professionally in a way that is consistent with my core conservative values."
Via Roll Call.