Sethi blasts ruling by Trump-appointed judge who is son of RNC member

It didn’t take Republican U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi long to blast a federal judge in Nashville for issuing a temporary restraining order against enforcement of the new abortion ban Gov. Bill Lee signed into law on Monday.

According to Sethi, “an activist judge barely waited until the ink was dry to promote his own pro-choice view.”

There’s two problems with Sethi’s logic. First, U.S. District Judge Chip Campbell was appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate on a 97-0 vote. And second, Campbell’s mother, Beth Campbell, is a Tennessee representative on the Republican National Committee and served as host to a Sethi fundraiser in Nashville in September.

Sethi wasn’t alone in in criticizing the judge. Rival Republican candidate Bill Hagerty also spoke out against the ruling.

29 Responses to Sethi blasts ruling by Trump-appointed judge who is son of RNC member

  • Bob says:

    Eric Schelzig, you must be pro choice, because Manny Sethi did not say anything wrong.

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      His error was in labeling Judge Campbell as “activist” and “radical”. He clearly didn’t actually read the ruling to recognize the necessity nor basis of the decision at the district court level. He’s simply pandering, no matter who he stomos upon (the judge, the judge’s mother and fundraiser, President Trump). Rather reckless and arrogant.

    • Beatrice Shaw says:

      He better be Pro Choice!! We count on him to report the news!!!

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  • Eddie White says:

    If a judge won senate confirmation with a 97-0 vote, it means he/she completely avoided any comment/voting record on the abortion issue. No Democrat is going to vote to confirm a judicial candidate who has hinted pro-life views. Sometimes Republicans find it easier to get along than get down and dirty in confirmation fights. Or maybe just nominate the well connected from the right schools.

    • Perry Aubric says:

      You clearly have no concept of the responsibility of a judge. He is not a legislator, in office to advocate on “views.” He is obliged to rule on the application of law. And as this judge noted in his decision, which you apparently didn’t bother to read before spouting off, the rulings of the Supreme Court clearly negate this statute. Which several members of the General Assembly warned about before it was passed in the dead of night without debate.

      Also, Democratic Senators vote yes on pro-life judges all the time, another thing you don’t know what the hell you are talking about, when they are rated as well qualified. Trump has nominated a record number of judges who are rated “not qualified.”

      • Eddie White says:

        I wish you were right Mr. Aubric. I wish that most judges were indeed not legislators, as in legislating from the bench.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Don’t despair my conservative friends, only three weeks to go for us to endure The Chairman’s Rambo conservative act before he reverts to what his scanty political record shows he has been, before he decided to try to buy himself a seat in the U. S. Senate, an Establishment Republican hanger-on.

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      Time can’t move fast enough for me! I spoke to ‘Chairman’ last fall. He put on seemingly sincere airs to ask me what I considered important for a Senate candidate. I told him that one of my favorite elected officials, Dr. Mark Green, mentioned an important approach to working in legislative bodies, “Focus on the issue, not the individuals. If you focus on the issue, you can work for consensus to move things forward. If you focus on the individuals, you create enemies and won’t get anything done.” The ‘chairman’ quickly tried to identify himself as being a close friend of Dr. Green and totally ignored the content that I relayed. The first clue that I had to NOT support him.

      My husband and I continued to be neutral for a couple of months, paying close attention to both leading candidates and listening to the other brave souls running with less chance of winning.

      The ‘chairman’ is totally incapable of focusing on anything or anyone other than himself. Vote for Bill Hagerty!

      • Mark Rogers says:


        Hagerty’s donation of $1000 to Al Gore’s campaign in 2000 should tell you that the Ambassador isn’t a reliable choice for the Republican nomination for US Senate. I guess that for you, like Stuart, facts don’t matter. Much like his effort to pretend he was an original Trump suppprter and not a Billy Come Lately.

        • LeeAnn C says:

          Be sure to check out Dr M’s contribution to flip a red seat blue using ACTBLUE, Corker, Desjarlais opponent Starrett and the AMA. Not one dime to any opponent to Alexander. Not one dime to President Trump until after deciding to run for Senate. Dr M is a huge hypocrite and is favored by progressive Democrats, according to Chattanoogan journalist, Exum. Also, his nonprofit org has Dems that like to attack Marsha Blackburn. Outsider may be an accurate label for a wolf in sheep’s clothing! Vote for Bill Hagerty!

          • Mark Rogers says:

            He didn’t donate to a Democratic candidate for President. You can’t say that of the Ambassador. And so what if people we disagree with donate to a ncharity that helps provide health care to poor Tennesseans. What has ths Ambassador done to help Tennesseans who can’t afford health insurance? Manny created a non profit that helps improve their health. What did the Ambassador ever do for Tennesseans except help his dear friend Mitt Romney and Bain Capitol to ship their jobs abroad, that is.

  • More responses from the people who “manage” the only 2 FAKE NEWS… NO-RECORD candidates. Maybe the “managers” should be on the ballot instead. I’ve spoken out for years about activist judges who make law instead of enforce the law, who cherry-pick material facts… biased… not blind. But we get what we deserve because it “didn’t matter” until it’s too late. Oh well… your choice.

  • Missy S says:

    Marketing hype from his campaign to appear as the ” outsider. “

  • MARLE says:

    This is a race between 5 pennies and 1 nickle. NO DIFFERENCE.

    Such heated and long winded rhetoric over Nothing but who can fill in as the matching lap dog to Marsha.

    Glad when this race is over!

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Very true MARLE but it is Chairman Manny who is running as a ‘CONSERVATIVE-OUTSIDER” when there is nothing in his background to show he is a conservative and outsiders don’t become Chairmen of the Statesmen’s Dinner. His campaign is fraudulent way above the usual level of fraud in Republican campaigns and he should be punished for it by conservatives voting for Hagerty for noting more than that.

      Please MARLE, you know how impressionable some people are so I think it would be best if you didn’t raise voters expectations that either one of these candidates can possibly rise to the level once they are in office to our wonderful junior Senator Marsha Blackburn (Heritage-85%). If the winner comes home with a Heritage score of about 80% we should count ourselves lucky. Much lower than that my fabulous Congressman Mark Green (Heritage-100%) is ready, willing and able to make either a one term Senator.

      • MARLE says:

        What do you think will happen, Stuart to Green or Blackburn’s heritage score when they support Dreamer’s path to citizenship? I bet it doesn’t ding their score one bit. AND that is why heritage score means nothing. They are picking and choosing what to include in their calculations and much of what they leave out is EVERYTHING when it comes to Taxes , Deficits and Immigration.

        Other than that they probably count a few useful things.

        • MARLE says:

          Btw…just got an email from Marsha wanting to stop Birth Tourism from China while doing nothing for over a decades in Congress to stop birthright citizenship for the 100 of thousands of illegals having children in the US. And this is the kind of cr– that makes her a heritage joke.
          I’ll bet Green also wants to jump on this bandwagon.

          Rich Russians and Chinese who go back to their own countries, never to sponge off of American taxpayers, is NOT the biggest drain on birthright citizenship but watch these 2 glum on to this as though it is Uber-important in the grand immigration mess.

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    Anyone that’s worked diligently for decades since the Roe v Wade decision knew this ruling would come down this way. Judge Campbell did not make any determination other than the immediate enforcement of this new law, which threw components of many other state attempts into one massive piece of legislation.

    Captain Obvious has returned to personally insult the judge, his mother (and fundraiser) and President Trump by labeling the judge as “activist”. He aso showed that he has no understanding regarding the path any piece of legislation must take to challenge Roe v Wade. The judge just saved the state of TN some money. The plaintiffs won’t be able to add lost $$$ due their clinic shutdowns while the case works its way through the courts. And he IS bound to follow precedent at his level.

    Pro life attorneys, yes, PROLIFE attorneys, explained in great detail why the”heartbeat” bills were unlikely to succeed. Many people grieve over the slaughter of the unborn. A few, very few, work with patience and intelligent observation of the dynamic in the courts, including the Supreme Court, to pass effective legislation. We can hope and pray that another pro life justice is appointed to the Supreme Court by the time this bill, or a better one, makes its way to that level. Truly unfortunate that Dr M couldn’t trouble himself to attend the Sumner Study hearings in Nashville where these issues were hashed out over a predecessor to this bill.

    Of course, it’s much more dramatic to stomp your foot and beat your chest and proclaim your unproven heroism with a Monday morning quarterback type of statement. He’s absolutely NOT the right choice for Senate.

  • Steve Cates says:

    Vote Mackler!!

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Don’t worry Steve, one of these days you’ll graduate, get a job and begin paying taxes at which time you will find the dream world that the liberals fantasize about is nowhere near as dreamy as it appears to you now. When that happens you can become a Republican, hopefully a CONSERVATIVE Republican, and join us in discussing who will hold elective office in Tennessee.

  • Perry Aubric says:

    Stuart, try to know what you are talking about before you get diarrhea of the mouth. I know Steve Cates. He is a highly-respected, award-winning, widely beloved retired educator who has accomplished a whole lot more in life,,especially for young Tennesseans, than moving assets around in a Swiss owned, asset-hiding, often-sued financial management company. He has paid plenty in taxes over many decades and gas a lot more credibility and stature than you or either of these two empty suit candidates for the Senate.

    You owe him an apology.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Of course I don’t know Steve Cates from a pile of rocks, but with his “Vote Mackler” bumper sticker offering he simply sounded like a liberal teenager so I made a joke. Far too much apologizing taking place in this country nowadays as far as I’m concerned, but on the other hand you are owed a sense of humor, I just wish I could tell you where to collect on that debt.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    As a welcome relief from this depressing senate race, congratulations are in order Timothy Hill (ACU-88%) who has now received the coveted endorsement from the Club For Growth to go along with his endorsement by the House Freedom Fund. This should mean that big bucks have now joined my early contribution to Timothy’s campaign in that First Congressional District Republican Primary race as we try to get a conservative stalwart to replace the infinitely replaceable Phil Roe (Heritage-69%) who is finally retiring.

  • Donna Locke says:

    I’ve pretty much concluded that Sethi is a Trojan horse, and Hagerty is well-insulated from reality.

    I don’t know who was the first to say this, but I know Mick Jagger or one of his bandmates said, You should never let yourself go so far that you can’t get yourself back.

    Our country has done this.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Insofar as there is going to be a butt in the seat formerly occupied by worthless Lamar come January it’s up to you whose butt it’s going to be, an apparent faker who is playacting something he obviously is not, or a Boston Consulting Group alumni from Republican Establishment Central Casting who perhaps lacks the common touch gained from chatting with patients in and around Vandy Hospital. Who do you choose Donna? I am really excited to know!

  • Rick R. says:

    Really tired of reading one individual’s frequent comment that Bill Hagerty gave money to Al Gore’s campaign in the year 2000! Gore was from Tennessee and at that time his true self had not completely emerged while VP under Slick Willie. I’m certain many Tennesseans supported Gore and came to later regret it, including Bill Hagerty. I did not support him, by the way, but “W” came to be a disappointment as well. That contribution was TWENTY YEARS AGO and is thus irrelevant to the present Senate race. Trump was once a democrat, you know. Given a choice, there is more to like about Hagerty than Sethi, who has a much more recent record of supporting the democrats!

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