TCU chairman calls for DesJarlais to resign

Tennessee Conservative Union chairman calls for DesJarlais to resign

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - The chairman of the Tennessee Conservative Union has called on Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais to resign after reports that include the congressman once urged a mistress to terminate a pregnancy.

Chairman Lloyd Daugherty said in a release on Tuesday that DesJarlais' actions have "reached a level of hypocrisy that is simply untenable."

DesJarlais, who opposes abortion rights, has argued he was using strong language to try to pressure the woman to admit she was not pregnant. The woman had also been under DesJarlais' care as a Jasper physician.

DesJarlais' campaign manager Brandon Lewis sought to discredit Daugherty on Tuesday, stating in an email that he is "neither genuinely conservative or Republican."

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