Contributor Chris Isbell
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tennessee, took time away from his schedule in Washington, D.C., to visit and chat with Franklin County residents and constituents for several hours on Aug. 15 at a free event in Estill Springs.
The informal, down-home, and perfectly-southern “Down on the Farm with Congressman Scott DesJarlais” event was hosted by the Franklin County Republican Party at the Davis-Peters farm on the Tims Ford lakeshore, behind Factory Furniture at 801 South Main St.
Attendees were treated to a free barbeque dinner with all the trimmings along with iced bottled water and iced tea, and potluck items were brought in by many visitors.
Though the event was free to attend, donations to the Franklin County Republican Party were encouraged.
DesJarlais walked among attendees and mingled with the crowd while making time to speak with each and every person who wanted a word.
Live music was provided for the event by the Dale Alan Band as attendees ate dinner and waited for a moment to speak with their congressman.
Several of the attendees who spoke with DesJarlais remarked about his genuineness.
Congressman DesJarlais’ wife, Amy, was also able to attend the event.
State Rep. Iris Rudder, R-Winchester, also attended the event as did numerous city, county, and state officials.
Children played nearby in a sandbox while event-goers enjoyed the August evening.
After everyone had eaten their fill of barbeque, DesJarlais addressed the crowd as the sun began to set.
He said President Trump is deeply committed to bettering America.
DesJarlais said President Trump genuinely cares about this country, and spoke of how the president is fighting to bring down the cost of prescription drug prices while standing firm on illegal immigration issues.
He also said the president is standing up to China which is building up armies that are paid for with money from unfair trade.
Finally, DesJarlais said overwhelmingly negative coverage of President Trump by the mainstream media has divided the country.
“I am proud that you all let me work with him,” DesJarlais said. “Keep fighting the good fight.”
DesJarlais ended his speech by thanking the Franklin County Republican Party and State Executive Committeewoman Joanne Davis for her efforts with the organization.
DesJarlais has served as Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District representative for eight years.
He serves on numerous committees and subcommittees in Washington, D.C.
Some of them include the House Committee on Armed Services, which includes the subcommittees on strategic forces, intelligence, and emerging threats and capabilities.
DesJarlais also serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the subcommittees on livestock and foreign agriculture, nutrition, and general farm commodities and risk management.
He also participates in 16 caucuses and is seeking re-election in 2020.
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