NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., finds himself behind a financial eight-ball in his 2014 re-election effort, raising just $104,474 during the first three months of this year, according to his latest disclosure filed Monday.
After expenditures of $26,385, the Jasper physician reported having just $87,426 in cash on hand, according to his federal election commission filing.
His GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, reported raising nearly $400,000, while state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lacassas, reported raising about $205,000.
Tracy says he has $400,000 cash on hand.
Desjarlais has been hit by revelations he urged a patient, with whom he had an affair, to get an abortion in 2000.
Court documents show he also agreed to his then-wife getting two abortions in the 1990s.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...