published Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Desjarlais lagging behind in fundraising, disclosure shows

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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.

about Andy Sher...

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, ...

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