We learned this week about a Wisconsin state lawmaker who said "some girls rape easy." The representative, Roger Rivard (R), had benefited from an endorsement and fundraiser from Paul Ryan, but in light of the news, the Republican vice presidential hopeful quietly abandoned the state lawmaker yesterday morning.
Scott DesJarlais is apparently in the same boat.
DesJarlais, a freshman member of Congress from Tennessee, was caught up in a sordid tale in which he committed adultery by sleeping with a patient, then pressured his mistress to have an abortion in the hopes of hiding his misdeeds from the wife he allegedly abused.
And as my colleague Mike Yarvitz reminds me, just as Ryan cut his ally loose, so too did Romney.
Mitt Romney's campaign has quietly removed the endorsement by Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) from its website in the wake of revelations that the congressman pushed his mistress and patient to have an abortion.
The endorsement, which appeared to have been posted in the spring, was still live on MittRomney.com as of Thursday morning, but after The Huffington Post asked about it, the endorsement disappeared.
The HuffPost item added that when Romney accepted DesJarlais' support, the candidate's praise was quite effusive: "I'm very proud to have the support of such a principled and independent conservative as Scott DesJarlais. In his time in Congress, Scott has been a real leader for balancing the budget, lowering taxes and scaling back the size of government. I look forward to working with Scott to spread that kind of conservative message across the Volunteer State as we work to restore America's promise."
Presumably, the presidential candidate is looking forward to working with him a little less now.