With the congressman remaining silent on Thursday, the outcome of the new revelations on his tenure in Congress remains unclear.
With the election in the rearview mirror, a resignation and ensuing special election is unlikely to result in a lost Republican seat in the House because of strong GOP leanings in the district.
Dr. Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, said that because none of the facts regarding the congressman's past took place when he was actually a member of Congress, he would unlikely be the subject of a House-level investigation or ethics hearing.
"After last Tuesday, they don't have to worry about a Democrat winning that race," Oppenheimer said. "My sense is this suggests DesJarlais has not been totally forthcoming with voters, either two years ago or now, and that people's private and public lives are often two different things. Since all this occurred before he got to the House, there's no way the House could investigate him for things he did when he wasn't a member. The only recourse is within the Republican Party or with other people trying to get him to resign."
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