Sethi ad attacks Hagerty for being ‘entitled, self-dealing’

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A new ad by U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi takes aim at rival Republican Bill Hagerty for obtaining a $2.5 million line of credit while small businesses were struggling to get loans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“How did Hagerty prance right up to the front of the line, and get millions?” the narrator asks. “Well, you see, William Francis Hagerty IV is not a regular guy. He’s entitled, self-dealing. His friends in the ruling class aren’t like you and me.”

The ad was produced by Fred Davis, who is famous for some of his more vicious spots, like the 2011 “Demon Sheep” ad or the “King Rat” video of 2002.

Sethi has loaned his own campaign about $1.9 million. Hagerty disclosed last month that he had obtained the credit from Pinnacle Financial Partners.

The Tennessee Journal reported last week about the close ties between the candidate and the bank: Hagerty served on the board of directors there before he was appointed ambassador to Japan. And the Nashville-based bank’s co-founder and chairman, Rob McCabe, is the brother-in-law of former Gov. Bill Haslam, for whom Hagerty previously served as commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

Here’s a transcript of the ad:

Millions of American small business people have been praying for their small business loans to be funded, to save their companies, save jobs. But most banks just said ‘Big companies came first.’ By the time we got to you, the money was gone.

So, how, on March 27, did Bill Hagerty get a loan for two-and-a-half million dollars to fund his Senate campaign? How did Hagerty prance right up to the front of the line, and get millions?

Well, you see, William Francis Hagerty IV is not a regular guy. He’s entitled, self-dealing. His friends in the ruling class aren’t like you and me. So when Hagerty needed millions, they made sure he got it — ahead of you and me.

So, imagine Hagerty’s take if he was a Senator.

41 Responses to Sethi ad attacks Hagerty for being ‘entitled, self-dealing’

  • James White says:

    Hagerty: the No Record Candidate

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    Please elect a Democrat and put some class back into politics. Attack ads are juvenile and there is no room for such foolishness.

    • Lance Persson says:

      Your comment would be accurate if you left off the first two letters of your 8th word.

      • Phil Lassiter says:

        You’re a hypocrite. You’ve had plenty of times to be stalwart and support strong candidates. You’re actually a drama queen in reality Sorry. Just the truth

    • Myron Abeyta says:

      Really?!?!? Like Democrats don’t use the same. Open your eyes!

  • Eddie White says:

    Attack ads are not confined to the Republican Party. At this point I don’t have a candidate in this race as I did in the last governor’s primary , but I have to say this add is pretty effective.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Well, since Chairman Manny has a most anemic political record his professional campaign team decided that “CONSERVATIVE-OUTSIDER” would do the trick. Since The Chairman has no record of having anything to do with the conservative movement, and what little he has had to do with politics has been in the form of a Republican Establishment hanger-on culminating in his Chairmanship of the 2016 Statemen’s Dinnner,”CONSERVATIVE-OUTSIDER” has turned out to be simply an insult to the intelligence of the conservative voter.

    Obviously a little desperation is setting into The Chairman’s camp as I am sure his polling has shown he is getting trounced by Bill Hagerty so I think the campaign has decided to move left – can’t you just sniff a little class envy stoking seeping into The Chairmen’s campaign? This from a surgeon who wakes up one morning and decides that he wants to be a U. S. Senator by gosh and peels of $1.9 million to get ‘er done. Chairman Manny’s candidacy is an embarrassment and so is his campaign. Vote AGAINST The Chairman by voting FOR Hagerty.

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      Class envy doesn’t sell well when one is sitting pretty on heaps of one’s own cash. Sounds very desperate and surprises me since I understood Sethi’s primary campaign manager to work on the Bill Lee campaign? Isn’t he the one that bragged about not stooping to negative campaigning? And is anyone tired of Bill Lee’s infringement on personal rights and liberties when he campaigned as a limited government advocate? How’s that working out for all the ‘conservatives’ that supported that campaign?

    • James White says:

      Stuart like to portray himself as an “outsider conservative” , but nothing could be further from the truth. He is advocating he is voting against an ‘outsider’ by voting for an insider. He leads you to believe that his choice is conservative and is not for the big businesses and is not for the chamber of commerce crowd, but, he then leads to straight to the poison.
      He understands that the Deep State has created the antidote and the poison in the same batch.
      Hagerty woke up one day and decided he wanted to be a US Senator and had never been elected to anything. But being an insider, he did not have to be anything but the ‘chosen’ one.
      Only when we vote for change will we get change.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Flinn, like he has been in the last 123 times he has run, is the road to nowhere which is exactly where James ends up every election with his off the grid political stance. Vote AGAINST The Chairman, vote FOR Hagerty, in this election that’s unfortunately that’s the best conservatives can do.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Flinn “is the road to nowhere” because a vote for him goes to elect no one, nor does it defeat anyone. It’s a nullity, why bother?

      • LeeAnn C. says:

        I heard Sethi in a speech say he’d never run for anything – not even student council. I guarantee that Bill Hagerty has been in leadership positions for a long time. He’s contributed to the country by serving as ambassador and is well-suited for dealing with international issues. I guarantee he’s contributing to economic recovery right now while Sethi pouts over not getting Trump’s endorsement. It’s all over. Senator Hagerty will do well by Tennesseans!

        • Phil Lassiter says:

          He drinks the same kool aid as Haslam, Romney, Lee etc. as long as you know that you won’t be surprised when a refugee takes your job and you have to have special taxes to help them get by. Once again. Just a fact

        • Mark Rogers says:

          The Hagerty people love to talk about everything except how their candidate is the handpicked puppet of Mitch McConnell and that the if the Ambassador had gotten his first choice in the 2016 election, Jeb Bush would be President now.

          For all your talk, Lee Ann, Hagerty’s roots in Trumpland are as deep planted as those of Birnam Wood. If we need help shipping American jobs to China and elsewhere, Hagerty and his mentor and old friend Mitt Romney should be valuable.

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    Apparently, the ‘Conservative Christian’ moniker hasn’t been selling well, so mudslinging goes into high gear. Apparently, Dr. Sethi is unaware that loans of other types are not competing with PPP loans for small businesses. Have people applying for loans to purchase homes displaced any PPP loans? I know one business owner that didn’t receive enough through the PPP to keep her business afloat and she used her own collateral to arrange for a low interest loan. Apparently, the lending institution didn’t have to ‘bump’ anyone else to accommodate her financial need. She did have a long-standing relationship with the lender through her business dealings. I’m thinking that Dr. Sethi doesn’t actually get along well with others, so he had to lend himself money to start his arrogant mission. Meanwhile, Ambassador Hagerty is helping people by directly assisting small businesses to appropriate resources and is serving on the President’s Economic Recovery Group. I prefer the candidate that is already at work to help people and is too busy for name-calling.

  • Paul says:

    What a surprise, a couple of wealthy conservatives all claiming to work for “the people”. Let’s see, one guy can loan himself $1.9 million and the other guy can get a $2.5 million line of credit from his pals (nothing to see here folks, move along). Next up, whomever gets elected will dance to the tune of “tax cuts will solve everything, more public money to private schools, kill off a few more rural hospitals, yadda yadda”. Rinse and repeat. What’s actually embarrassing here is that anyone can defend this stuff. But it’s pretty entertaining to watch, sort of like the conservative response to the Trump pandemic revolves around some combination of putting lipstick on a pig and how many angels can fit on the head of a pin as a parlor game. That said, enabling this stuff it’s a great political career for sure and there’s a lot of money spent on it, so lots of folks in suits are making out pretty well out there selling it and living it.

    The word conservative is a synonym for self-dealing plutocrat. And what they do in office reflects those interests and that approach to governance.

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      It’s a shame that so much money is now standard in political campaigns. With the lock down of public events and gatherings, I suppose the only way to campaign is through ad purchases and those are expensive. You’re right, Paul, in the big winners are in the slick campaign consultants. They remind me of mercenaries – out to fight for whoever will pay them to do so.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        LeeAnn, you’re being too kind to Paul. Paul simply stuck a whole bunch of liberal talking points together and ended it with the simplistic “. . .conservative is a synonym for self-dealing plutocrat” which is sort of a more sophisticated way of repeating the nonsense my mother drilled into me as a child “the Republicans are for rich people and the Democrats are for we middle-class and poor people.”

        Of course, in this senate race we have two plutocrats neither of whom have a record that shows any evidence of being a conservative and BTW, ever watch CNBC & Bloomburg Business? If you do you will have the pleasure of listening to wall-to-wall plutocrats 90% of whom mouth the same liberal talking points that we just had the pleasure of reading from Paul. . .apparently the world is a more complicated place than either Paul or my mother think/thought it to be.

        Finally, complaining about “money in politics” gets in ones virtue signaling point but it is a bit other worldly to those who live in the real world. The USA has a population approaching 330,000,000 of whom about 7,000,000 live in Tennessee. Conducting political campaigns, especially statewide campaigns, by word-of-mouth or by some earnest believers handing out leaflets on street corners is a bit unrealistic. Unfortunately, speaking of plutocrats, Paul’s friends in the liberal dominated media make a ton and charge a ton but that’s the only way of communicating with the public in modern America so let’s stop this bleating about money in politics and elect Hagerty as the best house in a bad neighborhood AND BE DONE WITH IT!

        • Perry Aubric says:

          Well, I was talking about experience in government and public policy. An astronaut or a football player, not so much. I agree with you about Sethi. Hagerty, who is going to win it all, at least has some relevant experience. That he is pledging to be an unquestioning sycophant for Trump is concerning. I would prefer someone who will think for himself. But, as it looks now, he may well be serving during a Democratic president’s term.

        • MARLE says:

          The reason the CNBC crowd loves Left wing fiscal policy is that it puts money in the hands of the
          “little people” who, if they had to pay for all of their food, housing, medical care, would not be able to buy a big screen TV, or an IPhone, or the hundreds of other “discretionary”, un-necessary items that make our consumer world go round.

          It not the motivation of the do-gooders; it’s a self serving motive.

    • James White says:

      Banks only have so much money they are allowed to loan.

  • Henry Walker says:

    The ad falsely implies that Hagerty’s line of credit takes money out of the PPP loan fund. Of course, the two have nothing to do with each other, as the story should have pointed out.

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Exactly. The ad is misleading on its face. That Hagerty qualified for an LOC loan first does not take money from anyone else’s pocket and second indicates that he was considered a good rIsk and probably a competent businessman.

      • LeeAnn C. says:

        That’s what I was thinking. No bank would lend money to anyone that wasn’t a sure thing. Dr. Sethi had to loan money to himself after being a bit of a cheapskate in contributions for years past. Disgusting display of poor character on Sethi’s part. He’ll lose more than he’ll gain with this stunt.

  • James White says:

    Hagerty: No Record. Sethi: No Record.
    Dr. Flinn: Has conservative voting record.

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Sethi, you are right. Hagerty has been a Commissioner and an Ambassador. There are other forms of experience and having a record than just being a legislator.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Absolutely Perry, you can be an astronaut, you can be a half-back on a professional football team, you can be a gardener, you can be a surgeon, . . .all honorable records to be sure. I think, however, when we are talking about electing someone to high POLITICAL office it’s a POLITICAL record that would be most relevant to the voters in casting a vote thus allowing them to have a reasonable handle on exactly what they are voting for in terms of the future.

        Chairman Manny is an Establishment hanger-on with an anemic political record who is masquerading as a “CONSERVATIVE-OUSIDER.” Hagerty has a richer political record as an Establishment Republican who, however, is tied to Trump so we have a better handle on what to expect for the next four years if Trump gets re-elected. It ain’t pretty, but it is what it is.
        I choose Hagerty.

        • Perry Aubric says:

          Posted the answer to this above.

        • LeeAnn C. says:

          Yup. He’s even more of a gamble than Bill Lee. Anyone happy with those executive orders killing jobs and businesses? How about that refugee resettlement decision? Does this contradict the Lee campaign of being in favor of limited government? Sethi’s nothing more than a parrot of whatever his campaign staff is telling him to say. No way am I voting for that!

  • Henry Walker says:

    The PPP ” loan” money for small businesses comes from the federal government, not the banks, although the banks handle the paperwork. .

    • Phil Lassiter says:

      At least we are starting to see some blood get drawn. Makes for good news and shows who is winning/losing very quickly

    • James White says:

      The money is created from thin air by the Federal Reserve. More money in circulation means more inflation. Banks borrow from the Federal Reserve on a 9 to 1 bases. If they have 1 million in reserves at a bank they can LOAN out 10 million dollars. WHAT ! it is from the thin air.

    • Eddie White says:

      You are absolutely correct. But a lot of folks that see the ad will not understand that fact. Alas, the grafics will still make this ad effective.

  • Eddie White says:

    My reply is to Henry Walker above.

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  • Phil Lassiter says:

    This governor does need to do some Economic Development. Bredesen, Haslam and evening Sundquist created thousands of jobs. Lee has lost almost all the jobs the previous 3 have created. Another month like this and he will lose what Lamar! Created. He has also freed more prisoners than Blanton. Can’t believe no one even taking about it

  • MARLE says:

    Self dealing is just a kissin cousin of insider trading. Corporate executives are prohibited from profiting from insider information but Congressmen and Senators can trade on information gathered in the course of their work, some of it classified, all day, every day.

    Accusing him of self dealing simply means he’ll fit right in.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    *****YAWN****

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