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As Leaders Stay Silent on DesJarlais, Members Groan, Look the Other Way

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DesJarlais has so far escaped criticism from fellow Republicans as details about his personal life continue to come to light.

Still, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was elected Thursday to serve as the chairman of the RSC during the 113th Congress, said DesJarlais is welcome in the group as long as he pays his dues.

“It’s my understanding he’s already rejoined the RSC,” Scalise said. “I mean, this is an organization of conservatives that unite to pass conservatives solutions to our country’s problems. We’re going to all be focused and united on getting things done.”

Rep. Jack Kingston, who represents neighboring Georgia, said Congress has a full workload and an issue like this should really be hashed out in the district, rather than in the Capitol.

“I think that with these types of dustups, you sort of have to let it work through its own system and right now, with him just getting re-elected with pretty good numbers, and there being so many other things to worry about, I don’t think there’s any temperature to for anybody to get involved in a Tennessee issue for the time being,” he said. “People have to reach their own conclusions about abortion. ... If the pro-life movement was dependent on people who have always been pro-life it would be a small movement. But there’s plenty of former pro-choice people in the movement.”

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