Boyd TV ad declares he’s tough on illegal immigration; some critics doubtful

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd’s latest TV ad depicts the millionaire businessman as tough on illegal immigration. The Tennessean reports some critics contend he’s being hypocritical.

They point to a donation Boyd made in the past to a Nashville-based nonprofit that seeks to create a welcoming community for Latino families, and his position with a national higher education organization started during President Barack Obama’s administration to suggest his views on immigration are suspect.

…Boyd said his donation to Conexión Américas, service on the College Promise Campaign and outspoken opposition to illegal immigration are separate issues that are unrelated.

“We invested in an entrepreneurial kitchen so that we could help more entrepreneurs start their businesses,” Boyd said of the $250,000 donation.

He said the money was used to help jumpstart 20 new businesses.

“It has nothing to do with immigration or in-state tuition,” he said.

Although Boyd has faced criticism of being soft on immigration, he says such claims come from his political opponents.

“As governor, I’m going to enforce the laws,” he said, offering a critique of national elected officials’ lack of movement on the issue.

“What I would suggest is that the people that are in Congress right now that actually have the opportunity to fix immigration, go back to Washington, D.C. and fix immigration so that a governor doesn’t have to deal with it,” Boyd said.

Although Boyd has faced criticism of being soft on immigration, he says such claims come from his political opponents.

“As governor, I’m going to enforce the laws,” he said, offering a critique of national elected officials’ lack of movement on the issue.

“What I would suggest is that the people that are in Congress right now that actually have the opportunity to fix immigration, go back to Washington, D.C. and fix immigration so that a governor doesn’t have to deal with it,” Boyd said.

Note: The right-wing Tennessee Star has been referring to Boyd as “La Raza Randy” for months, citing Conexion Americas donation – which the organization says went toward expanding kitchen space used in training young entrepreneurs. Diane Black’s campaign has pointed out that the College Promise Campaign has helped in providing some federal financial aid to undocumented students. More recently, Tennessee Star this week has a post that saying both Boyd and House Speaker Beth Harwell have had past dealings with Renata Soto, founder and director of Conexion Americas, that “helped elevate her influence in political circles.”(In Boyd’s case, the Conexion Americas stuff is repeated. In Harwell’s case, the tie is, well, rather convoluted, and has to do with Soto serving on the now-defunct Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.)

9 Responses to Boyd TV ad declares he’s tough on illegal immigration; some critics doubtful

  • Lance Persson says:

    Always pay more attention to what they do than what they say. Politicians pay big money to make themselves look good in videos and rarely give you facts to back up what they say. I don’t believe Boyd has shown us anything to back up his statement that he will be any firmer against illegal immigration than Governor Haslam. Hard to believe Governor Haslam won’t even sign the bill strengthening the law against sanctuary cities even though it was passed overwhelmingly by the house and the senate. Expect the same if Boyd becomes governor.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Well, this is the laugh of the day.

    Once again, why haven’t the subversives running Con America been arrested for violating federal immigration laws against encouraging and assisting illegal aliens to remain in the United States?

  • old woman voter says:

    I thought Boyd might be ok as govenor but he appears to have gone over to the dark side.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Randy, if you will give me $250,000 for a kitchen, I will put some actual Americans into the pie business right away. I’ve got Rick Bragg’s mama’s recipes.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    About the very worst place to obtain information about a candidate running for elective office is via campaign adds and statements that his highly paid professional election manager issues created by his professional media consultant who bases them on the information he receives from his professional pollster. The attempts by Boyd’s team to “disinfect” his toxic contributions to, and enthusiasm for, organizations that support increasing immigration of cheap labor into this country show that Randy! has the very best election pros money can buy.

    Randy! has never held elective office before, and what little political involvement he has had has shown him to be a member of the centrist – tepid conservative wing of the Republican Party that opposes conservative initiatives and whose own initiatives are opposed by conservatives. Indeed, in 2015 when he was appointed to his present post he self-identified as “a moderate.” Diane Black and Beth Harwell have a rich history of political involvement that show them to be ideologically more conservative than Randy!. As a conservative I therefore regard Randy! to be the least desirable candidate for Governor in the Republican Primary so I will follow the ANYBODY BUT BOYD strategy when voting this July.

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    A POLITICIAN Will never GUARANTEE OR PROMISE ANYTHING, ITS ALL BS. Talk is CHEAP and this is What You will get at least the next FIVE MONTHS FROM ALL THIS BIG MONEY. Wake up this ain’t PHYSICS.

  • Lance Persson says:

    Trump promised us many things and he is keeping those promises. Sometimes it pays to elect a candidate who has not been previously in politics but understands what the people want and has the guts and conviction to make and keep promises.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      “. . .not been previously in politics. . .” is easy enough to discern, but it’s the part “. . .understands what the people want and has the guts and conviction to make and keep promises.” that is impossible to know with a no-record candidate before election day. Thus, it is a much better bet if you are a conservative interested in effectuating conservative policies to go with candidates with conservative credentials.

  • Lance Persson says:

    Stuart, I think when you see a man turn a company around into a well respected profitable company that is identified as the best place to work in Middle Tennessee, you can bet he can do the same thing in government. Not sure whether or not you have something personally against BILL LEE or if you just haven’t dug into his accomplishments or talked to people who have worked for and with him. So far from everything I have learned, BILL LEE is clearly the best qualified and least politically motivated candidate.

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