Santorum endorses Black in governor’s race

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santrorum (R-Pa.) has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diane Black for governor.

“With Diane Black in the Governor’s office, I am confident that the conservative values that make Tennessee great will be protected and preserved,” Santorum said in a release.

Santorum won the Republican presidential primary in Tennessee in 2012. (The 2008 winner was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has endorsed Randy Boyd.)

Here’s the release:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Today, former U.S. Senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) announced his endorsement of Diane Black for Governor. Santorum won the Republican Presidential Primary in Tennessee with nearly 40 percent of the vote.

“I’ve always known Diane to be a strong conservative leader, a passionate advocate for the unborn and a champion for religious liberty and traditional values,” Santorum said. “With Diane Black in the Governor’s office, I am confident that the conservative values that make Tennessee great will be protected and preserved.”

“Rick Santorum is a champion for conservative principles,” Black said. “He’s a leader who is not afraid to fight for conservative values. Tennessee stood behind Rick in his 2012 race for President, and I’m proud to have him behind me in my race for Governor.”

On top of Santorum’s endorsement, Diane has also received endorsements from the NRA, SBA List, National Right to Life, Tennessee Right to Life, Family Research Council, American Conservative Union and nearly 3,000 elected officials and community leaders from across the state. 

12 Responses to Santorum endorses Black in governor’s race

  • Tennessee Jed says:

    D.C. Diane endorsed by Swamp-dweller Santorum…….surprise, surprise

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Who?

  • Bob Fischer says:

    Here’s a background on the guy. He’s pretty important. He’s has stuff named after him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_for_the_neologism_%22santorum%22

  • MarLE says:

    An endorsement does NOT mean that the person would be the BEST candidate in the race. Some of these “endorsers” have never even made contact with the other candidates running. Do you really think Santorum has any first hand knowledge of Lee or Boyd or Harwell? It just means some high level TN repub donor tapped him on the shoulder.

    • Tennessee Jed says:

      D.C. Diane can’t get enough of the D.C. swamp culture. This helps illustrate why she is bad for TN

  • Lance Persson says:

    When I see endorsements from out of state politicians, it usually means they have not done their homework but are doing a political favor. One of the reasons that I do that think that Diane Black is the person we want to lead our state, is because of the political IOUs she has. I want someone who is truly interested in making our state a better place to live and not one that will help their political career. I’ll be voting for BILL LEE.

    • Tennessee Jed says:

      Good job keeping D.C. swamp culture out.

      SEE STUART. The people are tired of it. You don’t have to vote Randy, just don’t support D.C. Diane.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        But Jed, we don’t have runoffs in this state, so we can’t willy-nilly vote for whoever appeals to us then unify behind one of the two top vote-getters in the second round because THERE IS NO SECOND ROUND. Continue to behave as though there is a second round and anesthetize yourself fearing something called the “D.C. swamp culture” like the Boyd campaign suggests and you will be stuck, not with the enigmatic No Record Candidate Lee, but rather with Randy! and your “I Voted” sticker.

        The relevant distinction in this election is between Randy! who will be indifferent if not hostile to conservative policy initiatives, and Black, Harwell, and hopefully Lee who will be inclined to support those initiatives. Those are the differences, now the only thing we have to do is find who of the latter three is most likely to beat Boyd

        We have a lousy electoral system here in Tennessee, but we can’t change it now. Please don’t make what is very easy, complicated.

        • Silence Dogood says:

          In Tennessee we are losing the elections in the primaries because a “principled” Conservative base that would rather allow the devil to win than to compromise. There are no perfect candidates. Diane may not be the best, but a 3 way tie for second and Boyd first with 41% of the vote will be a disaster. It is how we got Corker, Alexander, and Haslam. The “Ruling Class” of RINO’s and Liberal’s must laugh and laugh at our sad little Red State.

          • James White says:

            Silence like Stuart think ‘compromise’ is the solution. It is the poison. The Republican Party usually have a good platform, but through compromise, they NEVER follow it.
            Let’s see, the debt went DOWN now that the Republicans control everything. Whoops, NO IT DID NOT. There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.

  • June landrum says:

    Rick Santorum won tn. It was the same yr Fred Thompson was running. We had to do some footwork to get to go to Minnesota to the convention thanks to rep bill Dunn a catholic same as Santorum. I’ve always thought Bill lee uses lots of the religious connotations as sanatorium. People in ten. Seem to like that.

  • MarLE says:

    James White is correct…there is barely a dime’s difference between the Parties and (too bad we did away with the Half-penny) less that a Cent’s worth of difference between candidates within the Party. Do all of these candidates want to raise Educations spending….think teachers are underpaid (no, they aren’t), want to continue the Pension system, wisely long-forsaken by the private sector? Have a solution for the crushing medicAID costs? Favor special treatment for DACA, the most entitled, arrogant, and demanding group of immigrants in US history. ALL of them will deliver approx the Same Governance. It is simply a matter of which one we want to “reward” with the Governorship. Who’s past performance deserves the “gold star”of victory?

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