NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Embattled US Representative Scott DesJarlais has launched a new effort to hold onto his seat following the revelation he urged a patient with whom he'd had an affair to get an abortion.
Early this week DesJarlais campaign began airing targeting his opponent, Democrat Eric Stewart. A recent poll conducted by Stewart's campaign suggests the gap between DesJarlais and Stewart has narrowed.
DesJarlais has also worked to reassure supporters of his anti-abortion stance, pointing out the woman was not actually pregnant, and no abortion took place. Meanwhile comedian Stephen Colbert brought the scandal up on his cable show Wednesday.
"I say DesJarlais actions are absolutely consistent with his beliefs. He is still adamantly against abortion, except in cases where it endangers the political life of the father," said Colbert.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has moved the 4th district race up on its list of priorities, an indication that it may plan to back Stewart financially.