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July 10, 2014

Tennessee: Democratic PAC on TV Against Scott DesJarlais

Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC announced this morning that it will begin running a stinging television ad in Tennessee’s 4th district against freshman Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

The ad highlights the barrage of negative headlines and TV news coverage after a Huffington Post report of a transcript from a more-than-decade-old phone call in which DesJarlais, then a doctor, urged a pregnant mistress to get an abortion. The woman was a patient of the conservative anti-abortion doctor-turned-lawmaker.

House Majority PAC said it’s spending more than $100,000 on the ad, which will hit the Nashville and Chattanooga airwaves tonight and run for a week.

DesJarlais is being challenged by state Sen. Eric Stewart (D) in a district no outside groups had been targeting before the revelations. The district heavily favors Republicans, although it was represented by Democratic Rep. Lincoln Davis before he lost to DesJarlais in 2010.

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