U.S. Embassy: Hagerty to step down this month for Senate bid

(Photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Japan)

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, who is expected to mount a bid for Tennessee’s U.S. Senate in 2020, is officially “in the process of resigning” his diplomatic post “later this month,” the embassy said Tuesday.

The statement comes days after President Donald Trump announced Friday via Twitter that Hagerty was running to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. Trump said Hagerty, a former state economic commissioner who ran a private equity prior to becoming a member of Trump’s presidential team and later his ambassador, has his full support.

The embassy did not say Hagerty planned to run for the Senate seat. Alexander along with fellow Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn are believed to be already privately making calls on Hagerty’s behalf and also plan to publicly endorse him when he makes his candidacy official.

Nashville surgeon Manny Sethi is the only major announced Republican candidate in the race so far. But Republicans U.S. Rep. David Kustoff of Memphis and former state senator Jamie Woodson are also considering a bid

Nashville attorney and Iraq war veteran James Mackler has already announced for the seat.

Here’s the U.S. Embassy’s release:

U.S. Ambassador to Japan William F. Hagerty IV is in the process of resigning as Ambassador. He was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Japan on July 27, 2017 and will have served approximately two years.

Ambassador Hagerty is honored to have represented the President and the American people in his work to advance the U.S.-Japan Alliance, the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Pacific.

Upon Ambassador Hagerty’s departure, Joseph M. Young will assume duties as the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.

18 Responses to U.S. Embassy: Hagerty to step down this month for Senate bid

  • Lenny says:

    NYC Democrat Trump even got Marsha and Lamar to endorse a RINO

    • James White says:

      Why not, Marsha and Lamar ARE RINO’s

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Well said Lenny. I guess now that Mark Green isn’t running Marsha’s position is “whatever” so she is going along with the establishment candidate. Perhaps she hasn’t quite forgiven Kustoff for opposing her in her initial race for the seventh district congressional seat. No matter, I’m still holding out hope that David Kustoff is the ONE solid conservative candidate to succeed Alexander while any number of centrists/tepid conservatives join Hagerty, who is also somewhat of a No Record Candidate himself, in divvying up the “wet” Republican vote.

      • MARLE says:

        Stuart…another betrayal that cements my opinion that Marsha is no stalwart conservative (just in case I needed yet another). But she has her Trump marching orders so that explains it all. How many “Heritage points” do you get for being a lap dog?

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Marle, if you would only use the invaluable Heritage Scorecard instead of fighting it you would find a world of clarity and predictability opening up to you. Heritage gave Marsha an 82% when she ran for the Senate – not 92%, 102%, or 122%. 82% – just into “solid conservative” territory. Lower 80’s leads one to expect a generally conservative pol who is not adverse to saying “whatever” and going along with the establishment from time to time.

          THAT’S MARSHA!!!! She plays the game like a master at the game which she is and always has been. Not a “stalwart conservative,” never been a “stalwart conservative,” doesn’t want to be a “stalwart conservative.” I knew it all the time not only because I was handing out leaflets standing next to Marsha when she successfully ran against Kustoff – we go back a long way – but because the Heritage Scorecard told me that’s exactly what to expect.

          • MARLE says:

            Well then what’s the problem with having a bookend milktoast, Trump lap dog up there with her?

          • James White says:

            And I handed out her voting record at one of her “Town Hall” meetings at a public forum. That is why she doesn’t do them there anymore. People looked at her voting record and actually asked her, why do you say you are for THIS when it says here you voted Against It ?
            Click my name above to see her poor voting record.

  • Mike says:

    Hagerty is a friend of the Haslam family (was Gov. Haslam’s ECD Commissioner), campaign financier for both Romney and Trump, supporter of Alexander and Corker and while Tennessee’s ECD Commissioner a proponent of tax dollars for corporate welfare like TNInvestco, Electrolux and just about any other corporation who promised to create a job. https://www.beacontn.org/issues/corporate-welfare

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Marle, when faced with an open Senate seat we want to elect the most reliably conservative candidate the we can – that’s the goal. Marsha is not perfect, but she sure the heck more perfect than Stephen Fincher and Phil Bredesen. That’s all we can do each election – three yards and a cloud of dust as we move toward that free market, limited government paradise that is the promise of America.

  • There is a conservative candidate in the Republican primary race already, Dr. Manny Sethi. He actually supported Trump in 2016 and you will find him right on conservative issues. He’s smart, compassionate and already in the race to win. Take a look at his experience in the healthcare field- you will be very impressed.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    The wealthiest have spoken and nothing we can do. No one can outspend the machine.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Let’s not throw in the towel over twelve months before the primary. Let’s see how many centrists/tepid conservatives/No Record Candidates with big bucks are running vs. conservatives. Hagerty is hardly a household name and he hardly has a political record let alone a compelling record. Watchful waiting is the name of the game right now for conservatives.

  • Perry Aubric says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Self appointed egomaniacs Stuart, Lenny and James think this is a board exclusively for extremist, out in a limb, looney tune far Reich goosesteppers. Even Trump and Marsha-Marsha-Marsha aren’t big enough nuts for them. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. What delusional and irrelevant nobodies they are.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Perry, you have a great sense of humor but you are not so good at reading comprehension. I can’t speak for James and Lenny of course, but if you go back and carefully read my posts you will find that I made it clear that Marsha-Marsha-Marsha was indeed a big enough nut for me.

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  • James White says:

    Stuart, I see both your boys (GREEN and KUSTOFF) voted FOR the UnConstitutional H.R.1327 – Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act .
    Yeah they are true conservatives. Right

  • James White says:

    Stuart, I suggest you google and read “A Humbling Lesson: Congressman Davy Crockett Learns About Limited Government ”
    West Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett would make a good U.S. Senator, not so much Green or Kustoff.

  • The first Chess moves are being made… and already the winner is being announced.
    Wait and See. A year is a long time and much can happen.
    Blessings to ALL….

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