Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What Exactly Is the TNDP's Complaint about Bill Hagerty Going to Work for Romney?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 5:30 AM

On Monday, the TNDP put out a press release condemning Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee, for joining Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

There are two parts to focus on:

“Once again Hagerty and Haslam have said to the people of Tennessee that their economic future is less important than the economic future of the special interests, millionaires and billionaires who would benefit from the top-down policies of Romney economics,” said Chip Forrester, Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

I believe I'm paraphrasing correctly when I say that Forrester's complaint here is that Hagerty once again is going to work on his old friend's presidential campaign (he did so back in 2008 as well), thus leaving the people of Tennessee in the lurch.

But then there's this:

“There are serious consequences for hiring an opportunistic hedge fund manager who’s more focused on presidential politics than Tennessee families,” Forrester said. “In almost two years, we’ve not seen one good idea to create jobs from this administration and our families are still waiting for Haslam to fulfill his promise to create ‘jobs in every county.’”

Not to ask the obvious question, but if Hagerty really hasn't been able to help come up with one good idea to create jobs, then why are they complaining that he's gone? It's like the political equivalent of "The food is terrible and the portions are too small." If Hagerty sucks, then good riddance. Why is the TNDP complaining that he's going?

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