Dr. Sethi Surges In TN Senate Primary As News Breaks Of Hagerty Donation To Romney, Gore and Common Core
Early voting is underway in the Republican Primary in Tennessee and political newcomer and Vanderbilt Trauma surgeon Dr. Manny Sethi seems to have caught – or even passed – self-funder and Mitt Romney financier Bill Hagerty.
In recent days as Sethi’s polling showed him moving ahead – the Hagerty Campaign went negative. However, it seems the best available opposition research came in the form of alleged years-old statements made by members of the Board of Directors of a non-political Tennessee-focused non-profit started by Dr. Sethi which focuses on the health of Tennessee residents.
“It’s disgusting that Bill Hagerty is attacking a non-profit that has helped save the lives of Tennesseans across the state,” said campaign chair Chris Devaney in a statement to WKRN-TV. “Healthy Tennessee is not a policy-making organization and its board is made of people who are concerned about saving lives—that is not a political issue and it shouldn’t be treated as such.”WKRN News
For his part – Dr. Sethi released a response earlier which aims to set the record straight.
Recently, four major revelations have drawn major support away from Hagerty and towards Sethi.
First, Hagerty’s support for Common Core – a widely panned education reform plan virtual despised by conservatives nationally. Hagerty not only supported the reform plan but made money doing so.
Next, the revelations around Hagerty’s close friendship with (and deep financial support of) Mitt Romney. Romney has emerged as Trumps most effective enemy in the Senate, even voting for impeachment (he was the only Republican to do so). Conservatives in Tennessee are living in fear that Hagerty is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and – as Romney’s chosen candidate in the race – will become another anti-Trump Republican senator which would have devastating effects on things like future Supreme Court fights, amongst other things.
Next are Hagerty’s advocacy for lopsided Chinese trade deals with Tennessee for which he would hace financially benefitted.
Lastly, Hagerty’s previous support for Al Gore. This revelation comes as he has falsely claimed Sethi had donated to ActBlue. According to the Sethi Campaign, the donation was to a college classmate and was for $50. Further, ActBlue is the donation processing technology, not a candidate or PAC. Hagerty claims that there is somehow some connection between Sethi and Black Lives Matter because of a donation processing software widely used in the non-profit fundraising industry – a claim that is laughably far-fetched, if not a flat-out lie.
As early voting has begun the race between the two contenders has come into stark-relief. The self-funding long time political money-man versus the first generation conservative Indian American outsider. Indeed, an earlier ad by Sethi took on what he called “The Mob”, assessed that without a strong immigration stance there would be an “Immigrant Invasion” and closed by the first-generation American looking directly into the camera and challenging anyone to “call him a racist”.
“My parents were legal immigrants, who came from India, and practiced medicine for 25 years in a small town in Coffee County, Tennessee. I grew up next to a corn field in Hillsboro, a town that made its living through farming. People didn’t have a lot but they had each other and from a very young age I learned the power of local community,” Sethi said on his website on the reasons for him to run for the US Senate.
“I want to make a different kind of difference and be your next United States Senator. The American Dream I have lived is in great peril and I want to fight and keep it alive. For too long career politicians in Washington have said one thing and done the other while people in places like Coffee County, and the rest of Tennessee pay the price for a government that is out of touch with its own citizens,” he said.
If elected Dr. Sethi will be the first-ever Republican US Senator of Indian decent.
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