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State Rep. Carr exploring bid for DesJarlais seat

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There is more trouble tonight for embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Another potential challenger has emerged to try to win his seat in 2014, and the state Democratic party is putting its energy into going after DesJarlais' medical license.

Tennessee Democrats provided the Department of Health with a copy of the 700-page divorce transcript that details DesJarlais' multiple extramarital affairs, including some with patients and coworkers.

"We are protecting Tennesseans. There is a doctor who is practicing medicine - a congressman who is practicing medicine - who has had sex with patients, given her drugs, induced her to have an abortion and has lied to the press," said Chip Forrester, with the Tennessee Democratic Party.

They said they want to make sure investigators have all of the evidence they need when considering DesJarlais' ability to practice medicine in Tennessee.

"What we want to do is have the state take his license away. He should not have the right to practice as a doctor in our state given the kind of egregious behavior that he admitted to in open court," Forrester said.

However, a challenge to his medical license isn't his only issue. DesJarlais is also facing a potential challenge to his congressional seat from State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas.

"There has been an erosion of confidence and effectiveness on his part," Carr said. "And while Scott says his family has forgiven him and God has forgiven him, and he feels the voters have forgiven him, to equate forgiveness with trust is a different matter."

Carr announced the formation of an exploratory committee Thursday to look at challenging DesJarlais in the 2014 Republican primary.

"No. 1, what are voters saying in the fourth district? Are the financial resources going to be available? And from what I'm hearing, they are going to be more than available," Carr said.

A DesJarlais spokesperson released a statement Thursday, saying:

"Right now Congressman DesJarlais is completely focused on the job he was elected to do by residents of the fourth district: ending the deficit spending, repealing Obamacare and returning our government to its proper constitutional role."

Carr is the second potential Republican challenger to come forward since the November election.

State Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, has also publicly announced he is pondering a run.

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