Black skipped gubernatorial forum to attend fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who cited a scheduling conflict in declining an invitation to join other gubernatorial candidates at a Tuesday evening forum on education issues, attended a fundraiser instead, reports The Tennessean.

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates talk education during SCORE event at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 23, 2018. (Photo credit: Belmont Univeristy)

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates talk education during SCORE event at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 23, 2018. (Photo credit: Belmont University)

According to an invitation obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee, she was attending a campaign reception at Southeast Venture, a development firm near 100 Oaks, that cost $250 per couple to attend and included hors d’oeuvres.

The Black campaign did not return repeated requests for comment on her schedule for the evening.

What else was the Republican congressman up to on Tuesday? Here are some clues from her campaign’s Twitter account.

She tweeted from Giles County in the morning, where she visited the circuit court clerk. Later, she had kind words for a local leather store offering “leather goods handcrafted by local craftsmen.”

In the afternoon, she threw out some red meat for her conservative base. She blasted an edited version of “Saving Private Ryan” that removed men from the World War II epic. (Note: For more on that matter, see Tennessee Star’s report HERE.) Then she blasted NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest racism as “pathetic.”

The three Republican candidates at the forum declined to take shots at Black for not attending, instead referring inquires to the congressman’s campaign.

3 Responses to Black skipped gubernatorial forum to attend fundraiser

  • Colonel Jackson says:

    Doesn’t look too good to skip a debate on education to attend a fundraiser, especially when it’s in the same city as the debate. I’m not surprised though, Black hasn’t really articulated her position on many issues relevant to being Governor of Tennessee. No clue what her views are on education, but I sure do know where she stands on the NFL and government shutdown.

  • Michael Lottman says:

    Totally in character and not likely to improve, showing total lack of respect for the people of Tennessee except of course the $250-a-plate crowd.

  • Kay White says:

    She was smart enough not to attend the fake debate! A plus for Diane Black! The even was falsly advertised at all candidates were invited. I am a Candidate and I actually was told that I had to have raised 1/2 million to be allowed to attend. This was a crazy debate meant only to make Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell look good. To have a debate between two candidates who are the chosen from each party makes sense but to have a debate between the two parties before the primary is over was not very well received by many SEC members as well as many long time Republicans!

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