U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais who is calling foul a Clay Bennett cartoon that depicts him with a gun in his mouth with the caption “The Character Assassination”. The cartoon comes after news broke that the politician, a Republican and Pro-Life candidate, was caught on a phone-call transcript urging a woman with whom he allegedly had an affair to have an abortion.
DesJarlais has threatened Clay’s paper, the Times Free Press, that he would report the cartoon the Capitol Police and bar the paper’s reporters from access to his re-election campaign. The paper considers the threat to report the cartoon the police as an intimidation tactic. Despite fall-out from the politician and supporters, the paper is backing Clay and the cartoon.