Before it was expedient? New Hagerty ad features Donald Trump Jr.

A new ad for Bill Hagerty features Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, speaking on the Republican U.S. Senate candidate’s behalf at a fundraiser and rally in Gallatin last week. The ad also features the dubious claim by the president’s oldest son that Hagerty was “on the Trump train before it was politically expedient.”

As The Tennessee Journal reported in September:

Despite Hagerty’s heavy emphasis on his links to Trump, his relationship with the president doesn’t go back all that far. The new candidate had been an early backer of Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential bid and was named to the former Florida governor’s Tennessee slate of delegates alongside former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Nashville) and fellow former state Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.

When Bush’s bid fizzled out, Hagerty wrote a $2,700 check to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, also of Florida, on the eve of the Tennessee presidential primary. But Trump ended up carrying all but Williamson County in that contest and was formally awarded the Republican nomination in July. [Hagerty was named a Trump bundler, or state victory finance chair, on July 1, 2016]

Hagerty contributed $2,700 to the Trump campaign in September 2016, but by that point he had already been tapped as the director of presidential appointments for the nominee’s transition team, a position responsible for selecting and vetting, more than 4,000 jobs. Hagerty had done similar work for Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008.

15 Responses to Before it was expedient? New Hagerty ad features Donald Trump Jr.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Hagerty is not a conservative, nor thus far is he playing one in this campaign. Chairman Manny has no record of being much of anything, certainly not a conservative, but he is playing one in this campaign. Vote against disingenuousness, vote for Hagerty.

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      You have no basis for declaring that Hagerty is not conservative. Trump selected Hagerty to be the TN Victory chair, a member of the Trump transition team, Ambassador to Japan and now endorses him for US Senate. Have you even met the man? Or do you base your “conservative ” judgment on Google/wikipedia?

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        LeeAnn, haven’t you noticed, Trump LOVES to appoint people opposed to his policies then fire them when they don’t follow his policies. It’s just his thing. No one, NO ONE, who has a record of contributing to the following candidates and their PAC’s can call himself a movement conservative: Lamar Alexander ($26,900), Romney ($22,100), Corker ($22,100), Republican National Committee ($135,100) to say nothing of his support of Romney and JEB! for President. If after all that you want to think of Hagerty as a “conservative” it’s O K, after all I’m going to vote for him too.

        As a matter of fact, I did meet Hagerty, and he seems like a nice enough guy. I have been told that Chairman Manny is a nice enough guy by everyone who meets him as well. If I happen to meet these people it’s at Republican functions that I am attending anyway. There is no greater waste of time come election time than going out of ones way to meet the candidates or to take their campaign adds/events seriously. If you are interested in what the candidate will do in the future, simply look at what he has done in the past it’s as simple as that.

  • Silence Dogood says:

    In fairness to Hagerty, if he was backing the President in 2017-18 he was an early supporter. Paul Ryan did not support him during those years as Speaker of the House causing Republicans to lose the House. And Hagerty did not order spying on the administration from his post in Japan like Yavanovich did. How about Romney and McCain? Romney is still bitter and McCain died hating the President. So really, the only problem I have with that statement is how low a hurdle it is in the Republican Party to make that claim. KAG 2020!!!

  • MARLE says:

    So Trump-loving voters pulled the lever for Democrats to punish Rinos for not supporting him in ’17 and ’18?

  • CollegeGrover says:

    Silence Dogood it is really hard to follow your line of reasoning.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Whatever works to get elected-as long as you are personally wealthy. These guys all run in a different circle than the average citizen. Citizens are a pesky necessity from time to time (like election time)

  • Silence Dogood says:

    MARLE, it is called “voter suppression”. Will not happen this cycle. CollegeGrover, does the phrase “with friends like these, who needs enemies” mean anything to you?

  • Donna Locke says:

    I see no reason to vote for Hagerty, given his history of support for candidates I very much opposed.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I can come up with a reason. If you are seeking a candidate who has any possibility of winning who supported conservative candidates who ran against the candidates that Hagerty supported there doesn’t happen to be such a candidate running in this race. The only thing for conservatives to achieve in this particular contest is to show that if you show up and start campaigning for high office as a conservative zealot without any record of supporting conservative candidates and/or causes in the past you will be rejected in disgust by conservative voters. Chairman Manny needs to be beaten, and beaten badly and the only way to accomplish that in August is to vote for Hagerty.

      • Donna Locke says:


        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Indeed, that’s exactly what plutocrats like Chairman Manny say when conservative candidates ask them to contribute to their campaigns. Besides, we know about Hagerty’s record of contributions going back to the early 1990’s. Since you obviously care a lot about such a record that you will let it determine your vote wouldn’t you want to have a similar list from Chairman Manny before you vote for him?

  • Pingback: Tuesday, February 4

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *