Huckabee backs Boyd for governor in TV ad

Press release from Randy Boyd campaign

Hendersonville, Tenn. – Former Governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee announced his endorsement of Republican candidate for Governor, Randy Boyd, in a new television ad that will begin airing statewide today.

Huckabee, a notable voice for the conservative movement, is throwing his support behind Boyd as a conservative businessman who is strong on key issues like illegal immigration and pro-life values. Huckabee also supports Boyd’s background as a businessman looking to disrupt career politicians.

“Randy Boyd has spent his life building a company from scratch, and like President Trump, he knows what it takes to disrupt government-as-usual,” said Huckabee.

Huckabee also recognized Boyd’s commitment to faith and empowering families. “Randy believes what really matters in our communities is faith, family, and a good-paying job,” said Huckabee.

The endorsement ad will air across network and cable channels, as well as campaign social media. The ad may be viewed on YouTube here.

“I admire Governor Huckabee’s leadership and all he has contributed to the conservative movement as a consistent voice for faith and family values,” said Boyd. “I am honored to have his endorsement and continued support, and will lean on his counsel in the days to come”.

Always popular in Tennessee, when he ran for president in 2008, Governor Huckabee outpaced the field winning Tennessee’s Republican presidential primary convincingly against Sen. John McCain, former Gov. Mitt Romney, and several others.


18 Responses to Huckabee backs Boyd for governor in TV ad

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Pick Chinese Products

  • Bob Fischer says:

    My experience with Randy Boyd’s employees is that they were constantly bitching about being underpaid.

  • Nick Crafton says:

    Gimme a break! Randy Boyd IS MORE the politician (as ECD Commish) he ‘slush funded’ Obama’s HUD:

    In the waning term of President Barack Obama, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, had lost track of any unspent balance$ allocated to the Community Development Block Grant, CDBG, program in Tennessee. In 2016, under then-Commissioner RANDY BOYD this accounting for CDBG was also lost by TN Economic and Community Development, TNECD. The unaccounted funds were in the 10-20’s of Million$.
    Through a series of meetings in 2016 and very early 2017 a “Substantial Amendment” was arranged to fund the losing FY16 CDBG applications AND it provided for a ‘Slush Fund List’ of projects for FY17. These special projects were NOT subject to priority ranking or competitive applications, but perhaps targeted for Randy Boyd’s political gain in the west (ex. Big Chicken, megaSprawl….).
    During his failed sales pitches to hundreds of foreign corporations for any factory tenants at the proposed megasite, Commish Randy Boyd arranged for, ONE FORTH, ¼, of the Statewide CDBG Substantial Amendment ‘slush’ funds, to be funneled to Stanton, TN (population 452) in remote southwest Haywood County.
    The official TN CDBG “Substantial Amendment” information has now been scrubbed from the TN ECD websites.

  • Eddie White says:

    I voted for Gov Huckabee in past primaries. I have a lot of respect for him and his daughter Sarah. This is a significant endorsement for Randy Boyd, and frankly I was a little surprised. Bob can you expound on your rather vague charge about Boyd’s employees? Never had an employee come to my house for a job and tell me how underpaid they were.

    • Bob Fischer says:

      It was my job to move their product to the distribution center. I dealt with his warehouse employees every day for well over a year. His business philosophy and his political philosophy are somewhat different.

      That being said, the reason businesses like Boyd’s locate in Tennessee is primarily cheap labor. All a business owner has to do is offer a wage slightly above that of his competitors in the work market and he can do quite well with his warehousing. He wasn’t much better, or worse than most in his market. It’s difficult for working people to make ends meet in Tennessee, and if you’re voting for Boyd to change that, you’ll probably be disappointed.

    • Lance Persson says:

      Eddie I too voted and supported Huckabee until he started giving speeches in support of Lame Alexander’s last senate election. That showed me that Huckabee was no longer in touch with Tennessee politics.

  • Darryl C says:

    AIN’T that just sweet… The governor who wanted to give ILLEGALS IN-STATE tuition give his OK to boyd who is a “good buddy” to la raza>>> NO WAY!!!

  • Darryl C says:

    AIN’T that just sweet… The governor who wanted to give ILLEGALS IN-STATE tuition give his OK to boyd who is a “good buddy” to la raza>>> NO WAY!!!

  • Lance Persson says:

    Folks, Remember that Huckabee also backed Alexander. His talks are very entertaining but his judgement in choosing politicians to back shows poor judgement.

  • James White says:

    Huckabee is not a good endorsement.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Boyd will not make a good Governor, so it sort of fits. ANYBODY BUT BOYD!

      • benton temple says:

        But Liberal Diane Black is ok? Seems to me that a conservative businessman is a MUCH better choice than a career, liberal DC politician.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Benton! There you go again! In identifying the ideology of a candidate or office holder why not use the reference material readily at hand before attaching a label?

          For example, while I have spent $thousands trying to defeat her, even I have to admit Diane Black is not a “liberal.” I say that because Heritage gives her a lifetime score of 78% and the Club For Growth gives her a lifetime score of 80%. THAT’S NOT LIBERAL. Tepid conservative, but not liberal. Calling someone a “liberal” is a terrible charge, but in some cases it’s warranted. Not re: Diane Black.

          Randy! has identified himself as a “moderate” and his roots are embedded in the centrist/tepid conservative establishment of the Republican Party. His heroes are Jeb! and Romney. Why would any conservative give a second thought to voting for him when he is instinctively the most liberal of the four candidates?

          Finally, as an ANYBODY BUT BOYD voter, Diane is only OK if she is the most likely to beat Randy!. If not, I will vote for one of the other two in the Trifecta of Mediocrity who is. Nothing to get excited about, nothing to brood over, so long as we wake up on Aug. 3rd and we’re not faced with the choice of eight years of Boyd or Dean.

  • David Collins says:

    So, the evangelical former minister Huckabee endorses Boyd. What will Bill Lee, who has done everything short of having himself nailed to a cross, do now?

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:


  • Phil Lassiter says:

    I don’t know, Bankrupt Tommy, but you should pay your bills instead of run your mouth

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