One gave to Gore, one gave to 'Democrat PAC': Attacks continue in Tennessee GOP Senate primary

Bill Hagerty and Manny Sethi are seen in this combination photo.

NASHVILLE - Lawyers for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi's campaign are demanding Tennessee television stations yank an attack ad launched by a new Alexandria, Virginia-based super PAC, charging that the 30-second spot is "false and defamatory."

Standing with Conservatives' ad slams Sethi and charges he "donated to a Democrat PAC that supports progressives like Bernie Sanders. That's right. Manny Sethi supported a liberal group that advocates for abortion, gun control, taxpayer funded health care for illegal immigrants."

The political action committee is now spending $512,500, according to a Federal Election Commission filing, to slam Sethi, the Nashville trauma surgeon now locked in an increasingly ferocious Aug. 6 GOP primary nomination battle with former U.S. ambassador Bill Hagerty of Gallatin.

In his letter to news stations, Sethi's attorney Billy Stokes of Knoxville-based Stokes, Williams, Sharp, Cope & Mann wrote that Standing with Conservatives PAC is a "group supporting Ambassador Bill Hagerty" and "running a false, misleading advertisement on your station attacking Dr.