Jeb Bush plans fundraiser for Randy Boyd; Black & Beavers bash Bush & Boyd

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak at a fundraiser for Randy Boyd’s campaign next month, reports the Nashville Post. Rep. Diane Black, one of Boyd’s rivals for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, promptly issued a news release declaring Bush and Boyd are ‘a match made in establishment heaven.’  Mae Beavers, another Boyd opponent, had similar comments — and criticized Black, too.

According to sources who have seen the invitation, Bush will headline a Nov. 30 event at Bob’s Steak & Chop House in downtown Nashville. Tickets start at $1,000 per head. Boyd’s campaign confirmed Bush would speak at a fundraiser but declined to comment or provide further details.

Bush, a failed presidential candidate in 2016, is the brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush. After ending his campaign, Jeb Bush vocally opposed the election of Donald Trump.

Bush will be speaking at the ExcelinEd National Summit on Education Reform at the Omni earlier in the day, prior to the Boyd event.

Although Boyd has claimed to have voted for Trump and has tried to stake out positions on the far-right in regards to immigration and social issues to fall in line with his fellow Republicans in the primary, he has still been hit as a “moderate” in the vein of current Gov. Bill Haslam (who’s good friends with Boyd).

News release from Diane Black campaign

Today, it was announced that Jeb! would be coming to Tennessee to fundraise for “moderate Republican” Randy!

“Jeb Bush performed poorly in the 2016 presidential election. Jeb Bush received about 1 percent of all votes in last year’s Republican primary election, behind then-candidate Donald Trump, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Ohio governor John Kasich…Despite efforts to label himself as not simply an extension of Gov. Bill Haslam, Boyd’s embrace of Bush could further views that he is a moderate Republican.

It’s no surprise that Randy Boyd would bring in Jeb Bush to shake down Nashville donors…besides, they agree on pretty much everything.

Jeb Bush said Donald Trump was the “chaos President” and refused to vote for him. Randy Boyd said supporting Trump would be “anathema to me.”

Jeb Bush said illegal immigrants come out of an “act of love.” Randy Boyd gave $250,000 to a group that helps illegal immigrants integrate into Tennessee society.

Jeb Bush helped create Common Core education standards. Randy Boyd is a “staunch supporter” of Common Core.

If you’re writing on Jeb Bush’s visit to Nashville, please use the following statement from Diane Black for Governor Spokesman Chris Hartline: “Jeb Bush and Randy Boyd are a match made in establishment heaven. Their pro-illegal immigration, pro-big government, anti-Trump positions are more suited to the Democratic primary than the Republican primary.”

Excerpt from a Tennessee Star story (under the headline, ‘Never Trumper Jeb Bush to headline ‘La Raza Randy’ Boyd gubernatorial fundraiser in Nashville’):

Beavers tells The Star “it is curious that Rep. Black is now claiming to be a big supporter of President Trump, when she was a speaker at the Never Trump meeting held in Sea Island, Georgia in early 2016.”

“And during the Bredesen administration, when she served in the Tennessee General Assembly, Rep. Black voted in favor of ‘Race to the Top,’ which is, in essence, Common Core,” Beavers adds.

“As for Randy Boyd, his decision to bring the very unpopular Jeb Bush to Tennessee on his behalf shows how out-of-touch he is with issues affecting Tennessee’s schools,” Beavers says.

“In fact, Jeb Bush is the biggest cheerleader for the kind of standardized testing that has failed so miserably here in Tennessee,” she concludes.

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