This month, Rep. Scott DesJarlais proved for a second time that personal scandals are no match for his campaigning skills. The Tennessee physician rode the Tea Party wave to the House of Representatives in 2010, despite disturbing allegations, revealed by drudged-up divorce filings, that he’d been abusive to his now-ex wife. According to the documents, DesJarlais’s behavior included “dry firing a gun” outside her bedroom door, “holding a gun in his mouth for three hours,” and other threatening acts: “shoving, tripping, pushing down, etc.” Given his dramatic past, it wasn’t shocking when the scandals continued into DesJarlais’s first term. During his campaign for reelection, phone transcripts from a 2000 conversation revealed that a then-married DesJarlais had struck up a sexual relationship with a patient of his, impregnated her, and then pressured her into getting an abortion. Subsequently released court papers from his divorce furthered the impression of the anti-abortion rights, family values politician as a philandering hypocrite, as he acknowledged conducting at least four extramarital affairs and his wife having two mutually agreed upon abortions of her own. Salacious as all of this might have been, none of it mattered. The Democratic Party failed in its attempt to defeat DesJarlais by publicizing the documents—he secured a second term Nov. 6.