The day after news broke that pro-life Congressman Scott DesJarlais had urged a patient he had been seeing to get an abortion, he sent a text message to Gov. Bill Haslam.
“Thanks for withholding judgment. I am happy to chat at your convenience,” read the text, according to state records the Halsam administration released to the Tennessee Democratic Party Wednesday.
According to state records, the governor did not respond.
On Oct. 22, the Tennessee Democratic Party requested copies of “correspondence between Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais dated anytime from Jan. 1, 2012, to the date this request is filed.”
The only other correspondence the administration released between the two was a letter from DesJarlais in January asking the governor to reconsider closing Taft Youth Development Center in Bledsoe County, a decision the governor stuck to.
The text message came at 4:32 p.m. Oct. 11, the day after the Huffington Post revealed the contents of DesJarlias’ divorce filing, which included a transcript of a recording of him urging a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion. DesJarlais has since said he was pressuring her to admit she was not pregnant.
DesJarlias is running for re-election in the 4th Congressional District, which stretches from Smyrna to Chattanooga and into parts of Middle and East Tennessee. He is running against state Rep. Eric Stewart, a Democrat.