NASHVILLE — Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy officially launched his 2014 GOP primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., with a vow aimed at putting the embattled incumbent on the spot.
“A change in leadership is a must,” the 56-year-old Shelbyville Republican said today. The country’s problems, he said, “are too great to have our leaders preoccupied with their own personal scandals.”
DesJarlais, a Jasper physician first elected in 2010, has been rocked by revelations that he slept with at least two patients in 2000, urged one of them who said she was pregnant by him to get an abortion and other issues.
Tracy said residents of the 4th Congressional District require someone of “integrity and good character.”
DesJarlais, he said, “has betrayed and deceived his constituents.”
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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, ...