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A high ranking Democrat says it's time for Congressman Scott DesJarlais to resign.
This comes as the sex scandal surrounding the Jasper physician intensifies.
"Scott DesJarlais shouldn't be in Congress - he should be in jail," says Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Chip Forrester.
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party isn't holding back.
"Everyone can see that Scott DesJarlais is an unethical, lying fraud," says Forrester.
Strong words about the Republican doctor now running for re-election.
A doctor who reportedly compromised his ethics by having sexual relationships with at least two of his patients.
"DesJarlais ran his medical practice like a Craigslist cathouse, and now he's mad people are upset about it," says Forrester.
The latest allegations were published in a Chattanooga newspaper this weekend.
An anonymous woman claims she had sex, and smoked marijuana with DesJarlais 12 year ago. In the article, she says DesJarlais was also her doctor.
During Monday's news conference, chairman Forrester called on DesJarlais to resign.
The Congressman's campaign sent us a statement saying "We have absolutely no intention of resigning."
DesJarlais has indicated the woman's story is not credible. The statement reads, "Voters see this smear-campaign for what it is: a desperate attempt to distract from Congressman DesJarlais' record..."
Democrats are clearly on attack. They're investing more money in ads, as they try to win the seat.
A Vanderbilt political scientist believes this "October surprise" could have an influence on the election, which was once a lock for Republicans.
"Is the Stewart campaign prepared to take advantage of the opportunity, and on the other hand can the DesJarlais campaign put out the fire," says Dr. Bruce Oppenheimer, Vanderbilt Political Scientist.
The fourth district battle is nearing its end, but Democrats believe the scandal is only beginning.
Congressman DesJarlais believes he will still win the election.
Sunday, his campaign released a poll showing he has a 13 point lead over his Democratic challenger Eric Stewart.
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Monday, October 29 2012, 08:08 PM CDT
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
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