NASHVILLE (News Sentinel) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Democratic challenger Eric Stewart are both being attacked with TV advertising in the 4th Congressional District, DesJarlais for talking about abortion following revelations about a sexual encounter with a patient and Stewart for saying "great" in reference to "Obamacare." Scott DesJarlais
The attack on DesJarlais was launched by House Majority PAC, an independent expenditure "super PAC" that supports Democratic candidates. It has been linked to former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Center for Responsive Politics says its major contributors include billionaire George Soros.
The 30-second ad, entitled "Trust," began airing Friday in Chattanooga and Nashville media markets. A news release posted on House Majority's website says it will run for a week at a cost of "over $100,000."
The 30-second spot begins with a narrator saying, "Trust and faith. As a doctor, Scott DesJarlais earned his patients' trust." The ad then cuts to media coverage of DesJarlais having a conversation — in 2000, as related in a transcript the congressman does not dispute — with a woman he met as a patient and urged to get an abortion.