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ICYMI TN-SEN: UNMASKING OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS & UNCOVERED CONTRASTS  IN “NASTIEST” PRIMARY IN THE COUNTRY

ICYMI TN-SEN: UNMASKING OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS & UNCOVERED CONTRASTS IN “NASTIEST” PRIMARY IN THE COUNTRY

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2020

NASHVILLE – With less than a week to go in the primaries for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat, the campaign of decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, points out a number of unanswered contrasts still remain in what Politico this week called “the nastiest Republican primary in the country.” 

PAGING DR. MANNY: STILL NO COMMENT ON HAGERTY WHITE HOUSE COVID TASK FORCE FUNDRAISING? 

Team Manny didn’t get back to Salon before deadline to get his perspective into a story about Bill Hagerty’s fundraising off his role on the White House COVID Task Force. Does he have anything to say about it now? 

PAGING DR. MANNY: TO THE COVID TESTING LAB

A piece out earlier this week connects Bill Hagerty to a COVID scheme involving stolen COVID-19 test kits that were used to defraud worried Americans. The scheme was run by Henry Gindt, a top Hagerty deputy during his time as head of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), who upon his arrest claimed to work at the White House. Hagerty, in tweeting his friend Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a happy birthday, placed himself and Pompeo in the same room as Henry Gindt, who is in the far right of the tweeted photo. Is the White House COVID Task Force through Hagerty and Gindt, connected to a COVID fraud arrest? 

PAGING DR. MANNY: HAGERTY’S INVITE TO ILLEGAL “MADISON DINNERS”

NBC reported that Hagerty ally Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held two dozen taxpayer funded dinners for Republican donors and power brokers at the State Department, and suggested that the recently fired State Department Inspector General was let go for looking into this. Hagerty, a bundler for Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, has never been asked if he was one of the “dozens of GOP donors” on the 360-person guest list.

PAGING DR. MANNY: HAGERTY USING STATE DEPARTMENT FUNDS TO RUN?

In a produced video tweeted out on July 12, 2020, Bill Hagerty notes his campaign was a year old, meaning his produced farewell to Japan video, posted nine days later on July 21, 2019 — and 50 days before his actual campaign launch on September 9, 2020 — was a campaign expenditure footed by the American people. 

PAGING DR. MANNY: THREE PERCENTERS FOR HAGERTY

“We need to call out these radical anarchists and bring an end to the chaos,” Hagerty wrote a week after posting a picture of himself standing alongside a Three Percenter — an antigovernment militia group that satirist Sacha Baron Cohen offered a quick explainer on last month — during one of Hagerty’s unmasked tours of Tennessee. The original Hagerty/Three Percenter picture is from Sparta, and you can even buy the same Three Percenter t-shirt online! Folks in Middle Tennessee know that while Team Hagerty’s Tom Cotton has been decrying the mob’s destruction of Federal Property, Nashville’s recent experience with this type of destruction resulted in a man with a Three Percenters tattoo being arrested for setting Nashville’s Courthouse on fire

PAGING DR. MANNY: THERE’S MORE TO HAGERTY’S MILLION DOLLAR LOAN

While Sethi’s video captures the basics on Bill Hagerty’s multi-million dollar loan, it doesn’t tell the full story. Hagerty’s line of credit is for $5 million, and is backed only by his own securities portfolio, valued at exactly $5 million, according to the FEC paperwork. Any banker will confirm that a line of credit, backed only by an equal value of securities that doesn’t account for interest or the fact that the value of a securities portfolio can fluctuate, is a unique one. 

PAGING DR. MANNY: IS THIS WHY RAND PAUL OPPOSED COVID RELIEF?

The investment firm Bill Hagerty rejoined (as a Senate candidate) on November 5, 2019 received a PPP loan for between $150,000 – $350,000 on April 10, 2020 — just two weeks after the CARES Act was signed into law. Was Trump’s signing of the CARES Act what shored up the value of Hagerty’s personal portfolio that he leveraged to get a $5 million line of credit the same day the relief bill was signed into law?

UNMASKING BILL HAGERTY AND MICHAEL FLYNN

When asked about Flynn in his Senate confirmation hearing, Bill Hagerty repeatedly answered, “in light of the confidentiality interests that attach to executive branch decision making, I am unable to answer this question further.” Hagerty has repeatedly called Flynn an exonerated hero, even as the White House has released additional transcripts of Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak weeks before Michael Flynn would be elevated from private citizen to White House National Security Advisor. For those keeping score, Flynn’s communications were captured because of on-going surveillance of Kislyak’s phone, and they show private-citizen Flynn violating the Logan Act, which “criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.”

UNMASKING THE TRANSITION LEADER 

Bill Hagerty oversaw the appointment of the richest Cabinet in American history, filled with people like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who doesn’t believe in the mission of her agency and is now trying to force children to go to school while COVID infections and hospitalizations are rising.  

UNMASKING VOTING BY MAIL

Bill Hagerty has echoed standard issue voting-by-mail hysteria in the past few weeks even though records show he’s voted-by-mail multiple times over the years. 

Rest in Power John Lewis. 95 Days until Election Day.  

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