You've been betrayed by Scott DesJarlais



1. DesJarlais voted for $700 billion in Obama's food stamps

Vote: RCV #286; 2013



Heritage Action vote description: http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/votes/vote/h286-2013

"America is nearly $17 trillion in debt, yet the bill is projected to cost $940 billion, as scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Proponents claim it will reduce the deficit, but it is actually a 56 percent increase from the 2008 bill, which was projected to cost $604 billion. Not surprisingly, the 2008 bill actually ended up costing much more. America cannot afford another congressional boondoggle; now is the time to cut spending, not grow it. Nearly 80 percent of the bill’s spending goes towards the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps. There are now nearly 48 million individuals on food stamps, compared with nearly 31 million in 2008 and 17 million in 2000. Even after dramatic loosening of eligibility standards contributed to one in seven Americans now collecting food stamps, there has been scant discussion of reform. The House bill’s food stamp savings are miniscule, just 2.5% of a program that has experienced exponential growth." 



2. DesJarlais voted for hundreds of millions of dollars in Obama's military cuts:

Votes: RCV #184, 185,186; 2015





Summary: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/spending-bills-pentagon-mick-mulvaney-chris-van-hollen-117527.html

"On Wednesday night, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), a conservative who is against the amendment, circulated an impassioned email asking colleagues to vote against the provision if they care about stopping terrorism.

“Cutting this money means our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines will have worse facilities overseas,” he wrote. “If you think our troops should have good facilities when they are deployed overseas, deterring China, fighting Al Qaeda and Boko Haram, and guarding against Iranian missiles, than I urge you to vote against the Van Hollen and Mulvaney amendments.”

He listed projects that would lose funds: a fuel depot in the Horn of Africa, “where our Special Operators launch their attacks against al-Shabaab and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” an airfield in Niger where the military fights Boko Haram; and a Navy facility in Southwest Asia that is “vital to prevent aggressive actions from China.”"



3. DesJarlais insists he doesn't know when life begins

In glaring defiance of core Christian beliefs, the grassroots Republican party platform, and biological research, Scott DesJarlais has refused three times in the past few months to define when life begins.

Scott DesJarlais just recently told Sam Stockard of The Murfreesboro Post, "As far as when life begins, I don't know that I have the answer. So I don't know if that's a sidestep. I don't really know."

Previously, DesJarlais twice refused to define life and when it begins at a candidate forum moderated by Joe Carr at the Warren County GOP Reagan Day Dinner on April 23, 2016. The interaction was caught on video and it has been viewed by Tennesseans more than 13,000 times on Facebook. The video can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/GrantforTN/videos/1709943189247712/

DesJarlais was asked by Carr to define when life begins, and The Southern Standard newspaper stated DesJarlais was "side-stepping Carr's direct question about when life begins." When Carr followed up, and re-asked the same question, DesJarlais again dodged. The Southern Standard article can be found here: http://www.southernstandard.com/archives/32379/preview/

Only a few weeks later, on May 17, 2016,  in an interview about that candidate forum and his answer on the beginning of life, DesJarlais told The Post, "I don't really know." The full article from The Murfreesboro Post can be found herehttp://www.murfreesboropost.com/desjarlais-and-starrett-lock-horns-ahead-of-primary-cms-44375

As The Murfreesboro Post reported further, 

"Asked the same question by Carr, Starrett says, "I believe that life begins at conception," and he goes on to say he agrees with the RNC platform to protect life from conception until birth and beyond. Questioned further about how he would protect life if elected, Starrett says, "Number one, we need to defund Planned Parenthood with regard to the federal government's spending." He continues, saying a voter recently told him she doesn't understand his position on Planned Parenthood because it is "a right." He says he argued, "if it is a right, why doesn't the government pay for my Glock? Why doesn't the government pay for my gun? It's absolutely crazy that your tax dollars go to finance abortions with regard to Planned Parenthood. And we need to do everything we possibly can to ensure it doesn't happen in the future."




4. DesJarlais failed to hold the nation's largest abortion provider accountable:

In the fall of 2015, DesJarlais failed to hold the nation's largest abortion provider accountable, and it still continues to receive millions of dollars from the federal government.  

When Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, was caught in a scandal for selling dead baby body parts, its CEO was brought before Congress to testify to the House Oversight Committee on September 29, 2015. Scott DesJarlais is a member of that committee, and when given the opportunity to ask a question of Planned Parenthood's CEO in sworn testimony, DesJarlais passed the microphone. He said "Thank you Mr. Chairman. And I would like to yield to the gentleman from Arizona." The video can be found here, as well as the 10 sets of questions Grant Starrett would have asked: https://medium.com/@GrantforTN/10-lines-of-questioning-for-cecile-richards-970f5ceaa2cf#.yexx5akqx

"The unborn were left voiceless, and I along with nearly every other Tennessean in the 4th District was left speechless when DesJarlais refused to define life or grill Planned Parenthood's CEO," said Grant Starrett. "I'm running as a faithful conservative to protect the unborn and end taxpayer funding for abortions. I want to bring my Christian principles to D.C. where they are sorely needed." 

5. DesJarlais wants to give amnesty ID cards to illegal immigrants

On illegal immigration, Scott DesJarlais thinks a "solution" would be to let everyone here illegally say "I want to be an American" and get an ID card to avoid deportation. That's amnesty. More than even Obama has proposed. I oppose amnesty, and especially in the age of terrorism, I believe we need to militarize the border.

Watch the video from the Warren County GOP Candidate Forum moderated by Joe Carr where Scott DesJarlais proposes his "solution" where illegal immigrants can get amnesty ID cards:


“But one thing we could do and this is a solution that I think would work is you give a timeframe to everyone who is here illegally, come out of the shadows, identify them. 'I want to be an American, but I'm here illegally and I acknowledge that.' So if we have a system of deportation, fine, but we need to identify these folks, and then after that timeframe, anyone who is picked up that does not have a card saying "I'm here illegally” then you deport them straight away and they need to go home because they're not even trying to play by the rules. But it's a tough situation" – Scott DesJarlais, 4/23/2016, McMinnville, TN




Conservative Review on DesJarlais
"A more careful look at this record, however, reveals more than a few constitutional blind spots. DesJarlais’ history on budget items is a mixed bag, to say the least. He has championed fiscal sanity when convenient, but opposed a balanced budget amendment when the legislation finally came to a vote. 
The Congressman has had ample opportunity to curtail spending but has consistently hesitated to do so; proof DesJarlais puts forward a carefully orchestrated rhetorical mirage void of significant conservative principles.
Furthermore, the Congressman has voted to maintain energy subsidies for failed green energy experiments like Solyndra.
Even DesJarlais’s supposed economic sensibility and willingness to fight for the Constitution are now slowly being revealed as an election year mirage.