Randy Boyd

Stealth contest no more? Boyd puts out 2-week schedule

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates talk education during SCORE event at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, January 23, 2018. (Photo credit: Belmont Univeristy)

For reasons that haven’t been entirely clear, most of the candidate running for governor this year have kept their whereabouts a closely-guarded secret from the media and the public at large. That appears to finally be changing among the Republican field as we head into the final 45 days before early voting gets underway.

Franklin businessman Bill Lee’s campaign has begun putting out more detailed calendars about where the Republican will be campaigning, while U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s camp has announced occasional one-off events. For House Speaker Beth Harwell it’s mostly been radio silence. But Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd took a major step in scheduling transparency by releasing a detailed list of events he is holding as part of his 95-county bus tour over the next two weeks.

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Boyd likens himself to Donald Trump in new TV ad

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd declared that he and President Donald Trump are “a lot alike” in a new TV ad that has the tag line: “Randy Boyd: A conservative businessman, not a professional politician.”

The Boyd ads have inspired commentary by Jackson Baker on the striking contrast between what is seen on TV and what is heard from the candidate when he’s before an audience and taking questions. An excerpt:

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Super PAC’s television ad targets Black over immigration

A new TV ad run by an independent Super PAC is taking aim at Diane Black over immigration.

The ad is paid for by a group called Tennessee Jobs Now PAC, which had until now been running its ads attacking Black on talk radio stations. The PAC is mostly funded by millionaire businessman Joe Hollingsworth of Clinton, the father of Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, who won his election in Indiana in 2016 with the support of a PAC called Indiana Jobs Now.

The congressman’s father, Joe Hollingsworth of Clinton, Tenn., has given $8,000 to Boyd’s gubernatorial bid. The Boyd camp has said it has nothing to do with the ads. The elder Hollingsworth publicly contemplated a Democratic bid for governor of Tennessee in 1998, but ultimately bowed out.

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Another Black poll shows her leading Boyd in GOP gubernatorial primary (41 percent to 28 percent)

An internal polling memo leaked by U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s campaign shows her on top of GOP primary competitor Randy Boyd by 13 points, reports the Nashville Post, close to the results of an earlier Black-commissioned poll that was labeled “bogus” by Boyd’s campaign.

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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.

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Guber forum: Harwell and Boyd clash on ECD grants; Fitzhugh criticizes Dean

In a gubernatorial candidate forum Tuesday, House Speaker Beth Harwell promised, if elected, to reject any state-funded financial incentives for businesses moving into Middle Tennessee, reports The Tennessean. Fellow Republican candidate Randy Boyd, a former ECD commissioner, rejected the idea.

On the Democratic side, House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh criticized his primary opponent, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, on his handling of federal relief funding after a 2010 flood hit the city.

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PAC targeting Black in radio ads going on TV (Update: Not anymore)

A political action committee that has run radio ads attacking U.S. Rep Diane Black in the Republican gubernatorial race is going on TV. (UPDATE: The reserved ad time appears to have been pulled).

Tennessee Jobs Now had booked $28,000 in ad time in the Knoxville market, $20,100 in Memphis, $27,600 in Nashville. But by Monday afternoon, those reservations appeared to have been cleared from the books.

The PAC has been largely bankrolled by Joe Hollingsworth Jr. of Clinton, who has also given $8,000 to Randy Boyd’s campaign.

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Boyd lands more lawmaker endorsements

Knoxville businessman Randy Boys has announced endorsements from four state senators and six state representatives in the Republican gubernatorial race.

Here’s the press release:

Nashville, Tenn. – Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, announced today another group of top legislators endorsing his campaign for Governor.

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GOP gubernatorial candidates fret about trade war, but declare trust in Trump

President Donald Trump’s plan to raise tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel drew concerns from most Republican candidates for governor at a forum on Thursday at Martin, according to the Associated Press. They generally indicated worry about a trade war could harming Tennessee’s farm exports, particularly soybeans.

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County mayor drops Democratic affiliation after endorsing GOP’s Boyd for governor

Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon, twice elected as a Democrat, is running for reelection as an independent after complaints about his public endorsement of Republican Randy Boyd in the governor’s race, reports Tennessee Star. He had initially filed a petition to run as a Democrat.

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