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.)

“I am excited and humbled to announce my County Leadership Teams have reached nearly 3,000 members,” Black said in a release. “I have had a lot of wonderful endorsements in recent weeks, but these are the ones that mean the most to me. To have the support of nearly 3,000 activists, elected officials and community leaders from all over our state is an honor. I am confident their support will help us win this election.”

At least some of the names listed Thursday have appeared in previous lists of endorsements for Black’s Republican nomination bid against Beth Harwell, Randy Boyd and Bill Lee.

 

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

  • James White says:

    Diane Black should have said No to Amnesty for illegals… but she did not and Voted FOR amnesty.

    • Ernest Jones says:

      But do we have amnesty? No, so get over it. Randy Boyd gave $250,000 a group that supports amnesty and he himself has advocated for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. And Bill Lee gives his money to Democrats. You’re just brainwashed by the lies these lying rich men.

    • Donna Locke says:

      Mickey, I don’t agree with it either, but I told you why they are willing to support the DACA amnesty in the bill with the tough enforcement and reduction (chain migration, etc.) measures. The RINOs in Congress are trying to push through amnesty bills without the tough measures. The members like Diane are trying to get something out of it, as a trade, because the hardliners on immigration are a minority in Congress. And Trump, with Ivanka saying, “But, Daddy, those poor kids” (many of whom are in their late thirties), has betrayed his voters and this country by pushing this amnesty. Americans as a whole are ignorant of the consequences and of how huge this thing would be.

      It has not helped that Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies came out for DACA in exchange for the tough measures. I think he already regrets it. Our main immigration-control lobbyist, NumbersUSA, did the same thing after opposing amnesty for decades. You can see why some of our Congress members are confused.

      • MarLE says:

        What kind of “tough” measures do you think Diane supported on chain migration? Allowing the parents of DACA ( a remarkably ungrateful and insatiably demanding group of young people who are neither valedictorians or military veterans beyond a fraction of a percentage point) to remain here, birthing more children who are automatic citizens, and putting them on an inevitable path to citizenship is not tough. All measures considered so far would continue to allow parents of naturalized citizens (1.8M DACAs) to be in the US. I think you have over-estimated the impact of even the most conservative-backed bill on chain migration limits. On the Wall….seen any evidence that Mexico is paying for it? Why isn’t Diane going ballistic when Trump insists that Congress ( ie, you and I ) pay for the Wall? Those aren’t the terms under which he ran and won election. On the matter of loophole closures……what has Diane done to rip these absurd provisions from the code? Other than launch an attack against Boyd for using the loopholes she and her Congressional cohorts have left in place she has done nothing. Wasn’t the sizeable reduction in the corporate tax rate supposed to be offset with loophole closure? And she was a point man, out there in front of the cameras with Trump . Still I see 1031 exchanges, carried interest special tax treatment and a thousand other carve outs still there. Even if YOU can’t effect change as a single member of a 435-member body at least you can use your bully pulpit, TV cameras and microphone to shine a non-stop light on these tax dodges. But no…only crickets. But maybe there is method in the madness…maybe they were left in place for attack ads on future opponents who might use them! And, silly me, I like politicians to sell me their agenda using honest pitches. There isn’t enough white space here to list the misrepresentations used to sell the Trump Tax plan. So for all the Black Devotees…..what exactly is that YOU like here?

        • Donna Locke says:

          MarLE, what you wrote there is inaccurate. I am cooking at the moment and will return to this later, but Diane Black co-sponsors and voted for H.R. 4760, the Goodlatte bill. She also co- sponsored the Dave Brat bill H.R. 4340. Both bills would have ended chain migration. We are also trying to get mandatory E-Verify and other stuff in these bills.

          • Donna Locke says:

            MarLE, the Goodlatte bill, H.R. 4760, which Diane co-sponsored, does not include parents. It failed by 20 votes in the House in June. She voted for it. It contained the DACA amnesty in exchange for some tough measures.

            Diane did not vote on the bad Goodlatte-Ryan-Denham amnesty bill, H.R. 6136, which was rejected by the House in June.

            A handful of Republicans, none of them from Tennessee, rejected both of these amnesty bills specifically because of the amnesty.

            Our problem consists of a number of fool Republicans in Congress, the business lobby (which cares about nothing but its own profits, which you and I subsidize in every way), Paul Ryan, clueless Trump, and uninformed Americans.

            Regarding chain migration, even if we ended it today, the chain itself would not end for many years. It’s a mess. What we have allowed to happen to this country is criminal.

            Thank you for not being silent. You can never know how much that means to me — and to our descendants.

          • MarLE says:

            E-verify with Draconian -esque level consequences will drive illegals home. How on earth has this been held hostage, in a Rep Congress/President, to giving 1.8 million DACA a path to citizenship? How? Because those who have access to cameras, microphones etc have not held this President and fellow Republicans accountable~ and I feel the silence has been for political gain….not exactly a profile in courage! Sponsoring a bill, destine to fail when you have been largely silent on this outrage is not acceptable. DACA represents a group of young people who admire the illegal actions of their parents. I have been waiting to hear JUST ONE say they find their parent’s Action regrettable. They are full of demands. Do you really think the optics of having the parents of newly minted US citizens dragged off in handcuffs is going to fly. Diane is so sympathetic to DACA that there is no way these parents are going anywhere. They will be here, with legal status and access to Poland, Italy didn’t come here at a time when the US was a welfare state AND they didn’t come with a chip on their shoulder and an entitlement mentality. I hear so few Republicans clear up this misconception that this wave of immigrants is the same as those who “built this country”. No, actually they are not.
            Giving DACA amnesty is the 2018 equivalent of the Johnson era welfare state. We have not thought clearly about where this is headed. And I think those who know better and remain largely silent (until election time) are a big part of the problem.

          • MarLE says:

            Donna….so that last post I sent (no way to edit I guess) was sent with half of a sentence missing. Hope you can make sense of at least most of what was written (even though you probably disagree with all of it). Immigrants from European countries which represented the early, large waves of immigration did not come with any expectation of a welfare safety net. Additionally, no one from Poland or Italy came with the story line that the US stole their land and therefore owed them something. DACA, of all the concessions, is perhaps the most dangerous.

          • Donna Locke says:

            I had a letter to the editor published in the Columbia newspaper a few days ago about immigration and why I’m voting for Diane Black. I made points that include the welfare nation we are now. I’ve written stuff like this for 20 years.

            I oppose DACA, would never vote for it, but I understand the pressure to do this trade.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Black is flailing. People see. Let’s get our neighbor and friend, Bill Lee up there. Black can’t beat Boyd

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Let Black flail or let Black succeed but as things stand now this race with both Black and Lee getting big chunks of the conservative vote is a dream come true for Randy! Boyd. It’s causing difficulty for the ANYBODY BUT BOYD voter who simply wants to keep the governorship out of the hands of the centrist/tepid conservative establishment. It looks like we ABB voters are going to have to wait until election day to vote, at which time we should be prepared to unify and vote for whomever is most likely to defeat Randy!.

    • Ernest Jones says:

      Boyd couldn’t beat Dean in the general. Too similar. Bad businessmen with enough money to run and enough yes men around them to tell them they should.

  • James White says:

    Stuart confuses Conservative with Republican. Forgive him.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      The canons roar and hand to hand combat looms as conservatives are desperately trying to unify and find that candidate who can defeat the feckless centrist/tepid conservative establishment. While solid conservatives are manning the parapets James is in the barracks shining his boots, shining, shining, spitting and shining because while most of us want to win the battle, James wants to have the shiniest boots in the army.

      Good luck James, hopefully there aren’t many like you so you and your boots can succeed.

    • Eddie White says:

      Go ahead and give us a list of the conservative Democrats that you want us to vote for,

  • Eddie White says:

    Don’t need to waste my vote.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    I count at least 13 readers by the average number of posts on interesting topics. Impressive

  • R. Sanders says:

    The day Diane Black with all of her government contract generated wealth and exploitation of Christianity is truly humble, I’ll know the Second Coming has arrived.

  • MarLE says:

    Black’s recent TV attack on Randy Boyd’s Taxes says more about Congress’ failure to close these loopholes than it does about the businesses that use them. If the chorus of outrage were as loud, aggressive, and frequent during Black’s terms in office then perhaps they would have been wrung out of the code by now. This last round of Trump Tax cuts which cut corporate rates was supposed to be in exchange for loophole closure…yeah, right??!!! So I hate Boyd’s use of these legal maneuvers but I hate Congress even more for its failure (and perhaps self-interest to) do Something/ANYTHING about the 100’s, if not 1000’s of these tax dodges that require the rest of us to pick up the Revenue slack.

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