Conservative group mulls DesJarlais ouster demand

Conservative group mulls DesJarlais ouster demand

Rep. Scott Desjarlais (Source: Desjarlais campaign) Rep. Scott Desjarlais (Source: Desjarlais campaign)

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The Tennessee Conservative Union is exploring whether to call for Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais' resignation following revelations that the congressman once urged a former patient with whom he'd had a relationship to have an abortion.

The group's chairman, Lloyd Daugherty, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he has been consulting with other Republican-leaning groups to build a coalition supporting the ouster of DesJarlais.

The congressman has described the relationship with the woman as "mutual" and has said that his discussion of an abortion and demands for an ultrasound were meant to get her to admit that she wasn't pregnant.

The Tennessee Conservative Union usually supports Republicans, but endorsed DesJarlais' Democratic opponent in 2010 because of previous questions about his 2001 divorce and personal life.

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