Boyd claims $1.2M take at Knoxville fundraiser; contrasts himself with Lee

Randy Boyd says he raised $1.2 million Monday for his Republican gubernatorial campaign at a Knoxville fundraiser Monday and spoke for the first time about Bill Lee, another mulitimillonaire businessman seeking the GOP nomination, reports the News Sentinel.

“It’s overwhelming and you’d expect to do well in your hometown, but in your long lifetime you kind of forget how many people you’ve been involved with … it’s really humbling,” Boyd said before the (fundraising) dinner.

Both Boyd and Lee are businessmen who hope to use their business background and personal war chests in their respective runs for governor. The two will be coupled together in the race going forward, since neither consider themselves politicians.

Boyd said the two have known each other for several years having served on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Tennesseans for Economic Growth boards together.

Boyd said voters will have to “dissect the differences” between the two. Boyd said he began his business, Radio Systems Corp., a company that owns several brands, including the Invisible Fence, from scratch insinuating that Lee, who purchased Lee Company from his father, did not.

Boyd also pointed to his time as the former commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development and work with Tennessee Promise as reasons he’ll be prepared, if elected.

“Having some experience (in government) will allow me to hit the ground running,” he said. “The governor’s number one job is jobs. And I think I’ve shown I can do that well.”

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