Sethi to report $1.5M on hand for U.S. Senate bid

Republican Manny Sethi is expected to report $1.5 million on hand in the first campaign finance disclosure for his U.S. Senate bid.

About $542,000 comes from outside donors, while the remainder is in the form of loans from the candidate to stress his personal commitment to the campaign.

Sethi announced his Senate bid on June 3, meaning he had only 20 business days to raise money before the fundraising period ended. The Vanderbilt trauma surgeon is the only major Republican candidate to announce a bid so far for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) next year.

Others Republicans considering bids include former Gov. Bill Haslam, Ambassador Bill Hagerty, and U.S. Reps. Mark Green of Ashland City and David Kustoff of Memphis.

The primary is scheduled for Aug. 6, 2020.


9 Responses to Sethi to report $1.5M on hand for U.S. Senate bid

  • James White says:

    Green, now Kustoff ? NO Neocons need apply.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Great news will occur if Gov. Pablum announces that he knows that after what will be eighteen years of an empty seat in the senate nominally occupied by Lamar Alexander Pablum won’t run in order to give Republicans a chance to elect a second sound conservative to the Senate in the last two years. The fact that No Record Candidate Sethi is apparently serious about making a race for a position for which he has no earthly qualifications is somewhat good news because Sethi’s tiny connection with Republican politics shows him to instinctively dwell on the centrist side of Republican Party. Thus, all his candidacy will accomplish is a balkanization of the centrist/tepid conservative vote in the primary which will be helpful to a solid conservative candidate like Mark Green.

    Congratulations Manny Sethi. You may be totally unqualified to be a U. S. Senator, but you can be of some use after all.

  • James White says:

    Manny meets the qualifications according to the Constitution. You guy doesn’t even know squat about the Constitution.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      James, I live a happy life because I keep my expectations reasonable. I am resigned to the fact that no Republican officeholder past, present or future knows as much as you do about the Constitution, that’s why during every election your contribution consists of non-stop criticism of whoever the Republican candidate happens to be. I have noticed, however, that your criticism goes up a few notches the more conservative the Republican candidate happens to be. I find that a little curious, but no matter, no real harm seems to come of it.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    You guys have to remember that Sethi has the architects of Corker running his campaign

  • Eddie White says:

    Hmmm…could there be a closet liberal posting on this site?

  • Benton Temple says:

    Wait. That’s it? That seems to be a very small number for someone from Belle Meade.

    Don’t know how long this Sethi thing is going to last.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    “[T]his Sethi thing” may turn out to be an important factor in yet another conservative being elected to the Senate from Tennessee. If we can simply keep it down to ONE strong conservative candidate while a number of centrist/tepid conservatives join Sethi in vying for that vote we’re in.

    • MARLE says:

      Such a strategist you are, Stuart. Your go-to Club for Growth calls Sethi a conservative with positive things to say about him. Uh-oh!

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