PAC funded by Sethi finance chairman hits Hagerty as ‘another liberal’

A political action committee calling itself the Conservative Outsiders’ PAC is running a series of videos attacking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty as having “extreme ties to the most liberal elements of the Republican party,” ranging from Mitt Romney to Lamar Alexander.

“Why would we want another liberal like Bill Hagerty representing Tennessee,” the narrator says in the spot.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, the PAC has received only one donation: $100,000 from David Ingram, rival Republican candidate Manny Sethi’s state finance chairman.

Ingram served as treasurer to former House Speaker Beth Harwell’s gubernatorial in 2018 and as finance chairman for 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee Van Hilleary’s campaign. His brother John, the billionaire chairman of Ingram Industries, has given the maximum personal donation of $5,600 to Hagerty. John Ingram is the owner of the Major League Soccer franchise Hagerty helped land in Nashville.

Here’s what the Hagerty campaign had to say in response:

Bill Hagerty has earned President Trump’s ‘complete and total’ endorsement, because the President knows he will be ‘strong on crime, borders and our Second Amendment.’ President Trump trusts Bill and personally asked him to serve on the American Revival Group where he is working to hold China accountable for the Wuhan virus and get our economy going again.

40 Responses to PAC funded by Sethi finance chairman hits Hagerty as ‘another liberal’

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    James White says:

    Deep State Bill Hagerty, Pretty good hit piece. Keep it up!

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    Karen Bracken says:

    We don’t need another liberal RINO bureaucrat in Nashville or DC. Hagerty is one of the good old boys. Vote for Dr. Sethi.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      So, when Hagerty wins the primary, how will you vote in November, Hagerty or Mackler?

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Surely she’ll vote for Hagerty. No one who is concerned about “. . . another liberal . . .bureaucrat. . .” going to D. C. would even think of voting for anyone in the party of liberal bureaucrats, the Democratic Party.

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          LeeAnn C. says:

          Yes, but some that get so extreme in support of their candidate during the primary can’t support the winner. Just wondered how deep Karen’s objections lie.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    We need someone that will be compassionate to the movements today and help right the wrongs of the past. Free education and health care and a living wage are also very important today. Only a Democrat can serve the people of Tennessee with no selfishness and redirect taxpayer money to the people who need and deserve it.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    Hagerty a “liberal”! Hahahahahahahahahahaha. What kind of Attila the Hun right wing conspiracy theorizing whackadoodle nut job does someone have to be to actually believe that?

    • He is much closer to a liberal than a conservative. Can you say Mitt Romney-like?

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        Based on what? If you compare issue positions, you couldn’t slide a piece of paper between Dr. M and Ambassador Hagerty. Given that, Hagerty has actually worked to cut a bloated government budget in a state organization, has worked to establish a trade deal with an important ally (Japan) and is at work with the president now to restore the economy. There are NO other candidates that have been called upon to help President Trump. Dr. M was called by (gasp) Senator Alexander to testify once and Dr. M. brags about a one hour meeting with the president, after which the president was obviously unimpressed – couldn’t remember Dr. M’s name. Have you seen the recall that the president displays of names!?! He’s got a steel trap memory! So all you Hagerty haters out there need to ponder why Dr. M. made such a lukewarm impression. Think again if he’s earned that “conservative” label that Devaney is desperately trying to award him.

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    Not that Stuart guy says:

    So now in the crazy land of the extreme right, merely knowing moderate Republicans is seen as a crime against ideological purity? Dr. Sethi’s campaign sounds like they see the writing on the wall -Hagerty’s money and Trump’s endorsement signal smooth sailing ahead.

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      When will we close the Hermitage? How do the Republican candidates feel about that? Democrats are pro diversity and for righting wrongs.

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        Why does Hermitage have to close? It reveals history – good, bad and ugly. No one has to go and pay money to tour against their will. Don’t like it? Build yourself something different that you DO like!

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Oh come on LeeAnn have you lost your mind? You’re asking Bleeding Heart Beatrice to spend her own money on her enthusiasms instead of stealing money from those who earned it to finance her enthusiasms. Sorry, that’s simply not what leftists like Beatrice do, but that’s OK, so long as the rest of us are not crazy enough to vote for anyone anything like Bleeding Heart Beatrice.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Now we see Chris Devaney’s Unhagerty Strategy is coming to the fore. Insofar as Hagerty does have a record which shows that he is no conservative Devaney has come up with the strategy which will allow Chairman Manny, with his anemic record, to allege that he is a conservative.

    The bottom line can’t be changed. What political record Chairman Manny does have shows him to be nothing but a Republican Establishment hanger-on having done absolutely nothing to indicate that he has the slightest interest in, or connection to, the conservative movement. Conservatives should show they will not fall for this kind of campaign foolery by voting AGAINST Dr. “CONSERVATIVE-OUTSIDER” by voting FOR Hagerty.

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      MARLE says:

      When you see a candidate with a record that proves he is Not a conservative you always vote for him rather than any other candidate. Is that how we have moved so far, so fast to what we see in our House and Senate members? Yes…..it is and TN is Already proof positive of it.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        In the Republican Primary when I am faced with two or more candidates NONE of whom have a conservative record I use my keen analytic ability to come up with a way in which I can vote which will further the conservative movement. I did that very thing in this Senate race. We are faced with two candidates none of whom is a conservative but it is Chairman Manny who thinks he can walk out of the operating room plunk down $1.5 million+ and have Devaney make him a U. S. Senator running as an Unhagerty conservative.

        That is precisely the type of behavior conservatives should not tolerate, and in fact punish. You want to run as a conservative for a high office like U. S. Senator don’t you dare show up with a record bereft of any conservative involvement like Chairman Manny. I don’t just want Chairman Manny to lose, I WANT A BLOWOUT so the lesson is learned by all would be conservative candidates. Start to build that record now future conservative candidates by sending significant contributions to Timothy Hill, PO Box 3071, Blountville 37617 and/or Gina Oster, Dist. 18 in Knoxville and/or Rusty Grills, Dist. 77 in Newbern.

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          James White says:

          Hill is no good.

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          MARLE says:

          Just in case you haven’t noticed the conservative movement has been in “set-back” mode for decades. So your strategery as Bush calls it has not been working all that swimmingly well.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            If every conservative was just like me and followed my strategy we collectively would maximize the strength of the conservative movement by rewarding those who support the movement consistently while subjecting those who simply want to use the “conservative” brand for their own benefit (e.g. Chairman Manny) to sanctions. This simply will maximize the strength of the conservative movement.

            As to the success of the conservative movement in the overall scheme of things, that is another matter. Basically when virtually the entire education establishment is against what you are advocating, and virtually the entire media and cultural leaders in society are against you, allow that to continue for generation after generation, then the wonder is that the conservative movement is still around and has fine adherents like you and I rather than that there must be something wrong with Stuart Anderson’s “strategery” because we aren’t tired of winning just yet.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Wouldn’t you love to have Thanksgiving dinner with the feuding Ingram family? Good grief. The good news is that there are plenty of non-establishment candidates on the ballot. Just listened to one of them yesterday – Jon Henry, retired Marine. Those that want to join the “hate Hagerty” band wagon, like Karen B. really should give him a look. He’s truly more impressive than the empty suit doctor.

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    Donna Locke says:

    No one who supported Jeb Bush, as Hagerty did, is “strong” on borders and immigration control.

    As for Sethi, who knows, but I don’t trust him on legal immigration numbers, which must be drastically reduced. Sethi’s long-ago ActBlue donation to defeat one of our strongest congressmen for immigration control reminds me that ActBlue is tied to the Marxist Black Lives Matter front.

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      Donna Locke says:

      Facts Matter

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        Yes they do, Donna. I don’t believe Dr. M is a conservative. If he were, there would be contributions to challengers to Lamar Alexander or Corker. He made contribution to Grant Starrett, a challenger to Freedom Caucus member Scott Desjarlais. He made a contribution to Corker. He didn’t make any contribution to Trumo until 2019 – AFTER he decided to run for Senate.

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    Susan E Gingrich says:

    I’m looking for candidates with refreshing new ideas to save taxpayers money. Someone in the mold of Congressman Tim Burchett, who probably wouldn’t join the Freedom Caucus because it cost too much. He’s introducing legislation and making East TN proud. Still waiting for original ideas from either Senate GOP candidate.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Tim Burchett (Heritage-96%) has so far turned out to be a star and represents a distinct rightward move when compared to Jimmy Duncan up to now. If you are waiting for a conservative in the mold of Tim to appear in this senate race you are in the position of “Waiting For Godot” – it ain’t gonna happen. So the question is what is a fine conservative like you going to do in a few weeks when voting begins? I commend to you my rationale for voting AGAINST Chairman Manny and his flim-flam campaign by voting FOR Hagerty.

      You mentioned Tim “probably wouldn’t join the Freedom Caucus because it cost too much” please explain. I was under the impression it was by invitation and I was not aware there was any cost involved.

      You seem to be a conservative from East Tennessee. As such what do you think of Timothy Hill running in the First U. S. House District and Gina Oster running against Eddie Mannis in State House District 18?

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      Have you listened to Ambassador Hagerty? His budget cutting experience at the state level is very impressive. He explains that his plan for each funding item is to ask “should government be doing this?” Very pragmatic!

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    Jim W. Horner says:

    No smooth sailing for Hagerty among the conservatives I see. It is a known fact that Hagerty is tied by the hipp to Romney, Alexander, Haslam, Corker Bush, and the rest of the rinos! When Hagerty left the state position, Tennessee had a massive trade deficient with jobs going to China and Mexico. Hagerty’s fundraiser only works for establishment rinos like Haslam, Corker, Alexander, Boyd, Fincher, etc. By the way, one of Trump’s people he was supporting in North Carolina was got beat.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      The punch line Jim!!! We need the punch line!!! To complain about the inadequacies of these two senatorial candidates is not good enough with only a few weeks to go before early voting starts. What do you suggest we do when we vote in for the Republican nominee for Senate? Reward Chairman Manny for his anemic political record as a Republican Establishment hanger-on by nominating him for an almost sure trip to the U. S. Senate after rewarding No Record Candidate Lee with the governorship?

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    James White says:

    Good news from Kentucky ….
    With 73 percent of the precinct votes counted in Kentucky’s 4th congressional district race, Representative Thomas Massie is headed to an overwhelming primary win over an establishment Republican, Todd McMurtry.

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    Eddie White says:

    Where is the good news?

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      Eddie White says:

      Massie was 1 of 4 representatives out of 435 representatives who voted against helping businesses from declaring bankruptcy during the pandemic. I would encourage my fellow Republicans in the Kentucky 4th to skip this election come November.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Going a bit far Eddie. Massie (Heritage-83%) is one heck of a lot preferable to whatever specimen happens to be running on the Democratic line. The way the Republican Party has lost its collective voice in the face of mob rule in this country there will be too few Republicans in the next Congress as it is.

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        James White says:

        Eddie, Massie read the constitution. You should too.

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          Eddie White says:

          Evidently only 4 members of the House of Representatives have read the Constitution by that logic. On the other hand maybe nothing in the bill was unconstitutional.

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      James White says:

      3 months ago, most in DC-including Trump-wanted @RepThomasMassie
      kicked out of politics for opposing an aid package he worried would go to rich folks. Many were angry to learn later that it went to rich folks.
      Tonight, 88% of KY GOP voters chose Massie.

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        James White says:

        “The checks sent to dead people as of April 30 totaled nearly $1.4 billion, according to the Government Accountability Office”
        This is the top of the iceberg of waste in this bill.

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    Charles Cheney says:

    I have my concerns about where is Sethi’s monetary support coming from for this race. I moved to Tennessee in the Summer of 2018 and had never heard of him until about a year ago. His ads are on television, the Internet and his signs are cluttering roads all over East Tennessee. Is this man a true conservative? Will he slowly move to the left if elected? If Sethi is elected, he will have to work with Marsha Blackburn who I have read is supporting Haggerty. I trust her judgement.

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