Bill Hagerty – an establishment Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee – has hired a campaign advisor and fundraising coordinator who has brazenly worked for ‘NeverTrumpers’ and Democrats, all while profiting from the sale of American citizenship at a top EB-5 visa firm.
Kim Kaegi proves Hagerty hasn’t abandoned his establishment past, nor embraced the ‘America First’ doctrine.
Despite the red flags, Hagerty recently gave Kaegi a top spot on his campaign in yet another incident which reveals his sudden pro-Trump about-face is mere politicking, especially given his long-standing affiliation with Mitt Romney and support for Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican primary.
Even after Bush’s campaign flopped, his second choice was amnesty champion Senator Marco Rubio.
Kaegi’s political rolodex is quintessential establishment Republican: she’s been a lead fundraiser for Governor Bill Haslam, gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, Senator Bob Corker and Senator Lamar Alexander.
Haslam – a Never Trumper – declared he wouldn’t vote for then-candidate Trump in 2016, noting “the best thing for the party would have been for him to step aside.”
And Senators Corker and Alexander are the epitome of establishment Republicans.
Sen. Corker thinks President Trump “would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation” and could place America “on the path to World War III” while Sen. Alexander believes in amnesty and called President Trump’s 2017 travel ban “inconsistent with our American character.”
And despite establishment Republicans insisting they’re “principled conservatives,” Kaegi fundraises for the other side of the aisle.
In 2016, she contracted to fundraise for Nashville mayoral candidate Charles Bone, a staunch Democrat who raised over $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 campaign. After his candidacy flamed out, she pivoted to Democrat candidate Megan Barry who was a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention and refused to greet President Trump at the airport.
Kaegi’s work in the private sector also demonstrates how she’s not committed to the Trump agenda.
According to her LinkedIn, she’s a partner at LCR Capital Partners, a Harvard business school-generated “private investment and specialty finance firm… that sources its capital from global high net-worth investors seeking permanent U.S. residency through the EB-5 Investment Visa program.”
Tucker Carlson dedicated an entire segment to the “corrupt” program, asserting it’s often “it’s nothing more than a money-laundering scheme.
“A few people get rich by selling a path to citizenship for Chinese nationals and their children. In fact, the program is so rotten that last year Democrats and Republicans actually came together to reform it, to make it more restrictive. Consider that, Democrats making it harder for foreigners to get citizenship.”
While the firm may spin their work as “help[ing] global families Access the United States to achieve the American dream,” Kaegi’s complicit in selling American citizenship and profiting immensely from it.
At best, Kaegi is a political consultant who puts profit before politics, and at worst, she’s actively undermining the pro-Trump wing of the Republican party.
Either way: you can’t drain the swamp if you helped build it.