Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rep. Scott DesJarlais apparently knows his job well.
At a town hall meeting here in Murfreesboro, the former physician (who was recently fined by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for having multiple affairs with female patients) was asked by a nervous 11 year-old child what help Rep. DesJarlais could provide for her undocumented father, who is undergoing deportation proceedings. Instead of taking a moment to ease the child's fears, or to at least demonstrate some sense of empathy for a kid who is obviously upset about losing her father to a dysfunctional immigration system, DesJarlais simply thanked her for showing up at his event, then told her "...we have laws and we need to follow those laws and that's where we're at."
The anti-immigrant crowd cheered his callous response, and the little girl went back to her seat in tears.
You or I might have put down the microphone, gone out into the crowd and given the little kid a hug, or at least told her we would look into her father's particular situation. It might have even gone a ways toward showing some of the local Hispanic community that their concerns aren't being completely ignored by those in positions of power.
But you and I aren't pandering to the teabagger base that Rep. Scott DesJarlais has to have to survive his upcoming primary fight in next year's election cycle. You see, there are a lot of folks in this part of Tennessee who want to see this asshole removed from office, and a great many of them belong to his own Republican Party. DesJarlais was reelected to a second term in Congress even after revelations of infidelity, spousal abuse, and allegations of having written improper narcotic prescriptions for his lovers. On top of all that, the anti-abortion zealot encouraged a mistress to abort her pregnancy, lest his wife find out about his infidelities. Unsealed court documents from their resultant divorce revealed a lot of unsavory facts about Rep. DesJarlais that don't sit well with his straight-laced constituents.
We've got some jerks serving in elected office from Tennessee, and DesJarlais is among the worst of them.