U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) has appointed several new people to his staff, and many of them worked for former U.S. President Donald Trump.
This, according to a press release that members of Hagerty’s staff emailed Thursday.
“Not only does the team I have assembled in my Washington office augment the strong on-the-ground state organization announced this month, they also bring a wide array of experiences and qualifications that will serve our state and the country well,” Hagerty said in the press release.
Politico on Thursday said Hagerty hired 13 former Trump administration officials.
“Republican Capitol Hill offices have hired a number of former Trump officials, both from the White House and various agencies, but Hagerty’s hiring of 13 former Trump staffers goes above and beyond what other GOP lawmakers have done,” the website said.
The website described Hagerty’s office as “a full-employment factory for Trump officials looking for their next gig.”
“Judd Deere, the former deputy White House press secretary who stuck it out until the final day of the Trump presidency as the last remaining press spokesperson, will be Hagerty’s deputy chief of staff for communications, while Julia Hahn, who was the deputy White House communications director, will be senior communications adviser,” according to the website.
“Hagerty himself is a Trump alum and served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan.”
Hagerty’s press release, meanwhile, listed the following other new staff members:
• John N. Rader will serve as chief of staff.
• Clark Milner will serve as chief counsel to Hagerty.
• Jim Durrett will serve as deputy chief of staff for operations.
• Betsy Van Dam will serve as executive assistant and scheduler.
• Addison Osborne will serve as assistant scheduler.
• Legend Brumbaugh will serve as staff assistant and personal aide to the senator.
• Bailee Beshires will serve as press assistant.
• Audrey Traynor will serve as digital assistant.
• Adam Telle will serve as Hagerty’s chief advisor.
• Jonathan S. Greenstein will serve as senior policy advisor.
• Robert Zarate will serve as national security advisor.
• Colonel (Retired) Joel D. Rayburn will serve as special advisor for Middle East Affairs.
• Natalie McIntyre will serve as deputy legislative director.
• Andrew H. Hogin will serve as deputy chief of staff for State Relations.
• Lucas Da Pieve will serve as projects director.
• Kevin Kim will serve as the national security fellow.
• Shane Harris will serve as special projects coordinator.
• Riley Stamper will serve as a legislative correspondent and personal aide to Hagerty.
• Nick Elliot will serve as a legislative correspondent.
• Rachel Leong will serve as a legislative correspondent.
• Shea Throckmortonwill serve as a legislative correspondent.
“Under John Rader’s leadership, and with the senior team I have assembled, I am confident this talented group will work above and beyond to serve the needs of Tennesseans and our Nation,” Hagerty said in the press release.
Hagerty, on January 6, flip-flopped on his decision to object to Electoral College votes from Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania immediately after protestors breached the U.S. Capitol. This, despite previously assuring his constituents that he would object.
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