Nine days before Election Day, a Washington, D.C.-based super PAC is hoping an injection of an additional $180,000 in TV advertising will help score Democrats another seat in Congress.
“[Scott DesJarlais] shouldn’t be representing us,” says the narrator at the close of a new 30-second spot being run by House Majority PAC, a political action committee that exists to help boost Democratic candidates into office.
The ad, called “Quotes,” begins airing today in media markets for Chattanooga and Nashville.
It comes on the heels of a $100,000 ad purchase by the PAC earlier this month, bringing the group’s total spending amount on the 4th District race to $280,000-more than half the amount of campaign funds raised by DesJarlais’ challenger, Eric Stewart, to date.
It also comes a day after the congressman claimed he held a “double-digit” lead over Stewart.
Both ad buys are the result of an Oct. 10 Huffington Post report, which detailed a phone transcript recorded in September of 2000 between DesJarlais and a former patient, whom he had slept with while entangled in a divorce with his former wife.
During their conversation, DesJarlais encouraged the woman to have an abortion-an occurrence the congressman now describes as a use of “strong rhetoric” in order to get the unnamed woman to admit she was actually not pregnant.
In a news release detailing the ad purchase, the PAC also alluded to a recent Chattanooga Times Free Press report that included the claims of a second, anonymous woman, who alleged having a sexual relationship with DesJarlais while he was her physician.
DesJarlais’ office has not denied the claims outright but has dismissed the report as being “not a credible story.”
At the most recent campaign finance filing deadline, DesJarlais reported having more than $319,000 cash-on-hand remaining to put toward his re-election efforts.
More than 35 percent of the congressman’s war chest has been contributed by PACs.
Stewart reported having more than $110,000 left.
The election is Nov. 6.