Dr. Manish “Manny” Sethi on Monday announced he would seek to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
According to a story by The Chattanoogan, Sethi said he was running as an outsider.
“Tennesseans want a conservative outsider who will take on the Establishment, support President Trump, fight illegal immigration and work to repeal ObamaCare,” said Dr. Sethi. “That’s why I’m running for Senate.”
Many political experts were surprised by the timing because they were waiting to hear what former Gov. Bill Haslam would decide, according to a story by The Tennessee Journal: On the Hill.
But Sethi and his team apparently ran out of patience and decided to pull the trigger, using “outsider” themes echoing those made by similarly little-known Bill Lee when the latter was making surprise march toward the governor’s office last year.
Sethi called upon Lee consultant Jordan Gehrke, as well as Chris Devaney, a former state Republican Party chairman who served as Lee’s campaign manager, to handle campaign operations, TNJ: On the Hill said.
In December, The Tennessee Star reported on Sethi’s interest in running for the Senate seat. Sethi is an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Sethi and wife Maya in 2011 founded Healthy Tennessee, a non-profit, The Star previously reported. The organization holds free health screenings, health care symposiums and provides health care prevention tips and information on nutrition.
In response to Sethi’s candidacy, Rebecca Woods, grassroots manager for the Tennessee Medical Association, tweeted, “TMA is excited that our member @DrMannyHT has announced his bid to the US Senate. Best wishes to Dr. Manny Sethi @tnmed”.
— Rebecca Lofty Woods (@tnmedonthehill) June 3, 2019
In March, Sethi appeared on the Tennessee Star Report with Steve Gill and Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – Gill and Leahy to talk about his non-for profit community based health care fairs. The men discussed the current situation for Tennessee’s healthcare, its fiscal downfall and accountability of patients.
Sethi stressed throughout the segment that there was a great need to “re-think” the current healthcare delivery standard.
The transcript and audio link are available here.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.