A SuperPAC targeting Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black is back on the air with a radio ad that focuses on her vote to give Tennessee drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens when she served in the Tennessee State House of Representatives.
The latest 60 second radio ad from a group called Tennessee Jobs Now PAC (TnJobsNow.com) is airing on several stations across the state and follows up on an ad campaign in January that featured a man and woman talking about “Dishonest Diane” directing state contracts to her husband’s company while flushing money down the toilet — to keep Diane Black from getting her hands on it.
MALE: Are you in this country illegally AND in need of government ID?
If so, come on down to the Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles. We’re here to help. No questions asked.
If you’re an illegal immigrant who’s a drug dealer, human trafficker, even a terrorist, we’ll make sure you get ID to stay in the United States undetected.
FEMALE: What you just heard, isn’t a real ad. But career politician Diane Black actually thought it was a good idea to give illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses in Tennessee.
It wasn’t — and leaders in Tennessee came to their senses and stopped it.
In the Tennessee legislature, dishonest Diane Black voted to hand out drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.
Black’s vote made it easier for drug dealers, human traffickers, even terrorists, to stay in this country. That’s outrageous. And that’s Diane Black’s real record.
Dishonest Diane Black. Bad judgement. Not right for Tennessee.
Tennessee Jobs Now PAC paid for and is responsible for the content of this advertising. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.”
House Speaker Beth Harwell, who is also running for Governor, was among the House members who voted for the same bill to give drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants in 2001. Harwell, however, is not mentioned in the SuperPAC ad. After 9-11, when some of the terrorists used drivers’ licenses issued in other states to board planes that they “weaponized” to murder over 3,000 people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Tennessee quickly stopped issuing the drivers’ licenses.
Black has recently been an outspoken opponent to legislation pending in the state legislature that would provide for in-state tuition discounts for illegal immigrants.
“The AP’s Jonathan Mattise has confirmed that the group running those toilet flushing radio ads attacking U.S. Rep. Diane Black’s gubernatorial aspirations is funded by a supporter of fellow GOP candidate Randy Boyd,” Erik Schelzig reported last month at The Tennessee Journal’s Humphrey on the Hill:
The group’s filing with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance initially indicated that the $200,000 it had received was all in the form for unitemized contributions. When the AP followed up to ask about the filing, the registry said that it was a data-entry error and that the entire amount had come from Joe Hollingsworth Jr. of Clinton, who has also given $8,000 to Boyd’s campaign.
Hollingsworth is the father of Trey Hollingsworth, the Tennessee transplant who was elected to Congress in Indiana in 2016. A group called Indiana Jobs Now spent heavily in that race, and the Tennessee group’s website is registered to the same GOP operative, James McKay of New Hampshire.