Oh, Chihuahua! The announcer and the senator

Republican Bill Hagerty speaks at Nashville event on Dec. 3, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Tim Hagerty is a radio play-by-play announcer for the El Paso Chihuahuas, a minor league baseball team in Texas. Bill Hagerty is a freshman U.S. Senator from Nashville who is keeping the Donald Trump dream alive in Congress. So other than their last names, there’s little reason to get the two men confused.

But leave leave it to social media users not to be able to distinguish between @tdhagerty and @BillHagertyTN. The radio announcer has been on the receiving end of vitriolic comments by people unhappy with the senator’s actions in Washington.

Things may get a little more confused when minor league baseball returns following a halt caused by the pandemic. The Chihuahuas play in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, which is also home to the Nashville Sounds.

29 Responses to Oh, Chihuahua! The announcer and the senator

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    Herbert Mark Rogers says:

    Too bad he is being dogged for having that last name. I hope people don’t hound him too much.

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    Charles says:

    Yes, that is unfortunate. They should save their vitriol for Tennessee Senator Hagerty, who deserves ALL of the vitriol! He is nothing but a Trump lapdog who has no concern for preventing further anti-democratic actions by the former president. An attack on our government incited by a narcissist over months cannot just be washed over. We must never give Trump a chance to be our king or dictator. Seven million more votes = the people have spoken.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      It’s a bit early to pass judgement on Bill Hagerty don’t you think, Charles? Let’s wait until he gets a few votes under his belt and his Heritage score is published. Even then, that will just give us a preliminary idea of just how conservative a senator he intends to be. The man needs to be watched. Thankfully, we needn’t be too concerned about Marsha (Heritage-85%) and I certainly don’t have to be at all concerned about Marvelous Mark Green (Heritage-100%!) so we can give Bill our undivided attention.

      I wish there was some way I could convince those of you suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (“TDS”) that your ranting and raving about the man is not serving your purpose nor is the useless, unnecessary political theatre being played out in Washington. There are those of us on the right who want to be done with Trump but we can’t so long as those with TDS continue to make a hero/martyr out of the man in the eyes of the millions of Republicans who simply loath leftists. Are you all so ignorant of human behavior not to understand this simple fact?
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      Good news out of North Carolina my conservative friends. Solid conservative Mark Walker (Heritage-94%) will be running to replace the worthless and thankfully retiring Senator Richard Burr (Heritage-59%) in 2022.

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        Cryan says:

        Walker can’t win in North Carolina. Don’t you see what’s happening here? The Democratic primary is quickly becoming the de facto general election in North Carolina. Tepid conservatives can’t win a Republican primary. Rabid trumpers can’t win a general. You’re screwed, boomer.

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        James White says:

        Democrats want, say 1.5 Trillion for COVID relief, but Republicans say Too much, only 1.0 Trillions. Marsha and Hagerty and Green vote no on the democrat bill , and Boom heritage score 100 %

        What was accomplished when Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House?
        How much government did they roll back?
        What advances were seen in regards to pro-life, Second Amendment, First Amendment, or any movement toward Constitutional adherence?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          The only thing the Heritage Action has come out with so far on the Chinese flu relief package is a warning that conservatives should oppose a bailout of state and local governments as well the extension of the $600 weekly unemployment insurance subsidy which the unemployed collect IN ADDITION to state’s existing unemployment insurance payments. On the other hand, the Club For Growth has already stated that it will include a “No” vote on the Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res 11/S.Con.Res. 5) on its Congressional Scorecard that contains the Democrats $1.9 trillion Chinese flu relief package.

          The Republican Party, especially its leadership and many members in the U.S. Senate, is simply the political arm of the Chamber of Commerce. We already have three centrist/tepid conservative Republican Senators that have announced their retirement. Hopefully there are more to come. Tennessee conservatives must do whatever they can to help proven conservatives win the Republican primaries in Ohio, North Carolina, and Alabama in 2022 so that those retirees are replaced by staunch conservatives as we try to make the Republican Party a real political party rather than a shill for big business.

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          Eddie White says:

          James, you and Marle are good examples of complainers with no solutions. You really are political enablers of the Democratic Party. You provide no alternatives, so you both get what you deserve in Washington. I will give Stuart credit, I don’t agree with his libertarian views, but at least he is providing support to the conservatives in the Republican Party who are the Only hope for change.

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            James White says:

            I have solutions. Don’t vote for the lesser of two evils. Don’t vote for who Can win, but vote for who you want to win.
            Have all elected officials to keep their Oath to the Constitution.
            Would you like it if your spouse kept 50% of their vows of marriage? 89%?
            Have the states stop taking federal money, which equals federal control.
            Run for office or help soneone that will adhere to the constitution to run for office.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            In any election the best you can do is the best you can do. To do anything other than the best you can do results in you either doing nothing that accomplishes anything, or doing less than the best you can do.

            Accomplish something James. Do everything you can to see to it that the proven conservative gets the Republican nomination by supporting him in the Republican primary, then vote Republican in the general election because that’s the best you can do at that time.

            Always do your best James.

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            James White says:

            Stuart, the Republicans have proven time and again that they will not fix anything and are in if for the money and power. Like Marsha and all, they talk on the right side of their mouths and vote with their left hand. The Republican party, like the government school system, can not be fixed.
            You at the grass roots level are conservative and perhaps you can get them in office, but they become corrupt and selfish, and the cycle begins again. The national parties will NEVER let you upset the apple cart. You may control a right leaning conservative republican club, but to get up the ladder, the State and National party will either rebuke you or not even allow you up the ladder.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            The choice we have as conservatives is simple. We can simply look at the deterioration of this country culturally that is rapidly being translated into a diminution of our liberty and simply complain or we can complain and at least try to do something about it. This is a democracy with first-past-the-post electoral system which means we have a two party system. The party of the right is the Republican Party. Those of us on the right must work within the Republican Party or we are wasting our time accomplishing nothing, and even worse, having no possibility of accomplishing anything. That’s simply a fact of political life and that is unavoidable.

            Conservatives should expend their efforts seeing to it that we elect the most conservative candidates running in Republican primaries. After what we believe is the most conservative candidate is elected we must watch their voting record to see to it that they walk-the-walk. To that end every time we mention their name we should mention not only “(R-TN)” but “(Heritage/Club For Growth/ACU/etc.-XX%)” to let them know the WE’RE WATCHING THEM and when they come back seeking re-election we should beat them if they disappoint with someone better. That’s the game plan. The only plan that has any chance of success.

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        MARLE says:

        How does Marsha, who has the same game plan for the 20M illegals currently running loose as Biden (let them stay here un-harassed so long as they haven’t committed a Violent crime) possibly get a high score?

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Sometimes your high expectations for EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE is bound to cause you disappointment. For example, the scores from Heritage Action are based on voting records regarding what Heritage regards as key legislation to come before the House and the Senate. “Immigration” actually comes before Congress rather infrequently because it’s an important but highly charged topic about which many politicians of both parties just as soon not go on the record. Thus, there are few votes in Congress about immigration, the matter is mostly handled by the President through Presidential Orders many of which are thrown out by the courts. BOTTOM LINE: There aren’t enough key votes regarding immigration to affect the scores of members of Congress one way or the other. (Donna will correct me if I am wrong, but if I’m not mistaken NumbersUSA keeps scores of members of Congress focused solely on immigration.)

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Of course, there is yet another problem, I have to admit. The Heritage Foundation is too moderate for my taste, insofar as it is one of the mainstays of what blood and guts conservatives call “Conservatism Inc.” Heritage gets big bucks from corporate America, at least those that still contribute to conservatives. On the one hand, conservatives like me are severe immigration restrictionists. On the other hand, big business likes cheap labor. I’m sure you see the problem Conservatism Inc. has with this issue.

          As if all this isn’t enough libertarians are open borders advocates as a matter of ideology. That’s why I am a conservative with only libertarian seasoning. “Immigration” is not a matter that Heritage is all that anxious to get involved with I imagine which is one of the reasons I no longer contribute to the Heritage Foundation.

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            MARLE says:

            Great points, all!!!! If a voter is in favor of soft US policy on illegal immigration, understands the Magnet that creates, and wants MORE illegal entry then, Marsha, in spite of her heritage score IS a candidate they can comfortably support.

            A heritage score can be very deceiving.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            There are organizations that concentrate on one issue and many of them have their own scorecards based on that one issue that can be consulted by anyone to whom that one issue is vital or even important. The Heritage Action score simply attempts to give an overall view of legislator’s ideological leaning which I feel it succeeds in doing thus providing voters and especially political junkies a feel for where individuals in Congress are located on the political spectrum.

            Marsha didn’t become Senator for Life from Tennessee by sticking her thumb in the eye of any major interest group in this state, most certainly including big business. She knows what has to be done to climb, then stay, atop the greasy political pole. Bless her heart, with an 85% Heritage score I’ve enjoyed spending a lot of money over the years to help get where we find her today.

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      Eddie White says:

      I have been pleasantly surprised by Sen Hagerty. Instead of running and hiding, or constantly apologizing for the former President, Hagerty has stood his ground and supported Trump and those who voted for him. In light of those conservative Republicans who have wilted, it is refreshing to hear someone speak with conviction supporting Trump and his supporters.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        I will admit that Hagerty seems to be carrying on with the theme of his campaign asking us to forget his private equity/Mitt Romney/Haslam background because he really is a conservative. Unfortunately, as a conservative I don’t want to get my expectations too high concerning any pol with that pedigree. I agree the early indications are favorable, now I will wait until some more of his key votes come through. His Heritage score will tell us what we need to know.

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        John W. Niven Jr. says:

        Eddie,

        Just what would he have to do for you to consider Hagerty betraying Trump ?

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Hagerty and Blackburn are traitors. They are finished in Tennessee. Stuart ours not helping either one of them. Both future senators (especially Blackburn) will far a tough primary. Hagerty may survive because of short memories, but it is already time does Marsha to draw a primary opponent. Her pandering on social media trying to seem loyal to Tennessee. It’s actually pathetic. You might see similar efforts by a guilty child or spouse.

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    Santos Pedraza says:

    Former hedge fund managers are the best people.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Are you talkin’ finance Santos or politics? They happen to be one of the financial pillars of the Democratic Party, the party of the “little people” don’t you know. They are Citizens of the World, big government crony capitalism, internationalists not to be trusted. Otherwise, they aren’t bad.

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    John W. Niven Jr. says:

    Ya’ll getting waaay too far into the weeds. This is quite simple. Donald Trump put Bill Hagerty on the map of national politics. All he really had going for him (at the national level) was what he did for Trump and what Trump did for him. Then, the first chance he gets to stand up for Trump, in the face of a little heat, (the vote to accept the PA Electoral vote), what does he do ? CHOKE like a real coward. Probably following orders from Marsha Blackburn, who did the same. Everybody knew it was only a symbolic gesture at best. Was not going to change outcome of the election; but a matter of principle. I just hope Marsha never asks Bill to jump off a building because if she does, that will be the end of Bill.
    I hope Manny Sethi cranks up his political organization soon.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Yes Manny Sethi, crank up that political organization and move a few miles west or buy a second home in House District 65 so you can run against the not nearly conservative enough Sam Whitson (ACU-80%) or perhaps Manny will be carved into that new House seat Williamson County will get after redistricting. A political dilettante like Manny should acquire some gravitas by serving in some office somewhere, sometime before running for the U. S. Senate don’t you think John?

      And oh, by the way, if Manny is going to try to run to Marsha’s right in this primary race you are dreaming about John, it would be swell if Manny makes his FIRST contribution to a conservative candidate or cause before he declares. Manny dropped at least $15 million running against Hagerty who beat him by 11% as I recall in an act of wisdom by Republican voters that made me proud. Really think Manny is ready to drop another $1.5 million against an incumbent in a state that is notorious for electing officeholders for life or their term limit? Better come up with another candidate John.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Republicans counting on Gerrymandering tricks to get another (r) into the mix! This is how they operate.

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