Monday, August 19, 2013

Team no excuses: Scott Desjarlais

Representative Scott Desjarlais, who currently represents Tennessee's 4th Congressional district had an interesting week.  He hosted an event on immigration in his district.  While there, he received a question from a girl whose father is currently stuck in the deportation quagmire of the United States because he is an undocumented immigrant.

"Mr. Desjarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who is undocumented.  What can I do to have him stay with me?", she asked.

Keep in mind, part of the role of a member of Congress is to offer constituent services where they have caseworkers who might be able to help with this sort of thing.  Or even if they don't believe in it, they may be able to offer some sort of counseling for a child who is losing her father. But I digress.

Rep. Desjarlais's response?  "The answer still kind of remains the same, that we have laws and we need to follow these laws and that's where we're at."

Yes, of course. Desjarlais is the model of following the law.

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners found that Desjarlais violated Tennessee law by having affairs with two different women while serving as their physician. I mean, granted, he was only slapped with a $500 fine for it and a reprimand.  But you know, the law is the law.

He was also found to have smoked marijuana with one of the patients.  While smoking marijuana is fine and dandy in Colorado and Washington and countless other states for medicinal uses, Tennessee is not one of them.

The same woman he smoked marijuana with, claimed he wrote her unnecessary prescriptions.  I believe that is also against the law.

During his divorce, proceedings, there were additional claims of abuse from his ex-wife.  He dry fired a gun outside her bedroom door and allegedly threatened her at the hospital.

But we just have to follow the laws, right Rep. Desjarlais?

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