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Black lands endorsement from candidate who ‘won by losing’

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black is touting the endorsement of former Vanderbilt professor Carol Swain, who famously declared she “won by losing” her bid for Nashville mayor this year after she won 23% of the vote.

“I will be voting for Representative Diane Black for the GOP gubernatorial nomination,” Swain writes in her endorsement. “I believe Diane can defeat Karl Dean and become the next governor of Tennessee.”

After her loss to David Briley in the Nashville mayor’s race in May, Swain said: “We won by losing. Our short campaign ignited a conversation about the real challenges facing Nashville.”

 

Bill Lee on Black attack ads: ‘It’s not what leaders do’

Businessman Bill Lee speaks at his campaign headquarters opening in Franklin on Feb. 12, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Franklin businessman Bill Lee says he will take the high road in response to rival Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black’s attack ads.

“I think negative, deceitful attack ads, it’s everything wrong with politics,” Lee told WKRN-TV’s Chris Bundgaard. “I’m not going down that road because it’s not what leaders do.”

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EPA loophole for ‘glider’ trucks OK’d on Pruitt’s last day

On his last day before resigning amid ethics scandals U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt granted a loophole to allow dealers to sell new trucks with old engines built into them that can pollute at as much as 55 times the levels those covered by modern emission controls, the New York Times reports .

The loophole has been promoted by Fitzgerald Glider Kits, a Crossville company that has given heavily to Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s gubernatorial campaign. Black has traveled on the company’s private plane to attend campaign events.

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Diane Black goes ‘Double Irish’ on Randy Boyd

As some of our commenters have alluded to, U.S. Rep. Diane Black has a new ad out hitting fellow Republican gubernatorial hopeful Randy Boyd for his company’s decision to open offices in Ireland and the Cayman Islands, a scheme known as “Double Irish” that allows U.S. companies to avoid taxes domestically.

The story was first reported by The Tennessean. The conservative website Tennessee Star has video of the ad. 

 

Black touts nearly 3,000 in leadership teams (actually 2,738)

U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) speaks at a Republican event in Nashville on May 7, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black’s campaign is touting that its county leadership teams have swelled to “nearly 3,000 activists, elected officials, and community leaders.” (The actual count of the names provided in a press release is 2,738.)

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Poll says Boyd has pulled ahead of Black in GOP gubernatorial primary

While Diane Black led other Republican candidates in a Tennessee Star poll some months ago, the arch-conservative online website reports a new survey this week shows Randy Boyd is now the frontrunner.

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Black TV ad: Boyd partnered with’anti-hunting extremist’ group

 

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Boyd’s first TV attack ad bashes ‘D.C. Diane’

The initial clip in the Randy Boyd campaign ad, entitled “D.C. Diane,” shows Black being interviewed along with other members of Congress by journalist Katie Couric during the 2016 campaign.

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TN Right to Life endorses Black for governor

Press release from Diane Black campaign

Nashville, Tenn. — Today, Tennessee Right to Life announced its endorsement of Diane Black for Governor. Tennessee Right to Life’s endorsement is the most recent on a growing list of pro-life organizations backing Diane Black including Susan B. Anthony List and National Right to Life.

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Christian conservative group backs Black for governor

 

Press release from Diane Black campaign

Nashville, Tenn. — Family Research Council Action PAC has endorsed Diane Black for Governor. In the endorsement letter, FRC Action PAC Executive Vice President, Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin praised Black for her leadership on Capitol Hill and the strength she has shown fighting for Tennessee families.

“For Rep. Black’s dedication to the values of faith, family, and freedom, as well as her many votes to protect these values, she’s been a repeated recipient of FRC Action’s ‘True Blue’ award,” Boykin said. “She has a reputation as a leader who doesn’t merely give lip service to her values, but acts on them. Her record of staunch conservatism and her continual commitment to people above policy will undoubtedly serve the people of Tennessee well.”

“The work FRC does to preserve family values is unmatched and our nation is a better place because of their efforts,” Black said. “There are many issues Tennessee’s next governor will have to address, but the most important is that of protecting our Tennessee values because when our values are lost, it’s nearly impossible to get them back. I am honored that FRC will support me as governor to fight for what’s right.”

Diane has proven herself to be a fighter for conservative legislation since first running for office. In Congress, she has sponsored FRC-backed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood as well as the Balanced Budget Amendment and the No Budget, No Pay Act

“She has set out to break the political mold by holding fast to truth that’s often sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. FRC Action is confident that Rep. Diane Black will continue to be a principled advocate for strong family values and personal prosperity, and we are pleased to offer our endorsement of her candidacy for governor of the state of Tennessee,” Boykin added.

Note: The Tennessee Christian conservative version of FRC, Family Action Council of Tennessee, doesn’t make endorsements. But the group does a “voter guide” and posts on its website FACT President David Fowler’s interviews with some candidates answering questions on same-sex marriage, abortion and other topics. Black, Boyd, Lee and Kay White did the interviews and answered the questions. Harwell sent a video instead, with FACT did not post. Democratic candidates Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh did not participate.

The candidate interview videos, with transcriptions of the questions and answers, are available HERE. Black’s version is HERE.