Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd fired a salvo this week at opponent Diane Black by calling her “D.C. Diane” and questioning her past stances on immigration as a congresswoman and former state senator.
Boyd’s campaign mailed a flyer which said, in part, “The Real D.C. Diane Black: A typical 20-year career politician who says one thing in Tennessee, but does another in D.C.”
The flyer said:
- “D.C. Diane mocked President Trump’s border wall. In an interview with liberal reporter Katie Couric, D.C. Diane Black openly mocked and laughed at President Trump’s plan to build a border wall saying: ‘First of all, you can’t build a wall. That won’t work. It can’t be done.’
- “Voted against funding for border security. D.C. Diane voted against a bill that provided $1.6 billion to fund the border wall, even though most Republicans and President Trump supported it.
- “Voted to give Tennessee drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Diane Black voted for a bill at the urging of Democrat Governor Phil Bredesen to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.
- “Voted to give Obama a blank check for his amnesty. The conservative Heritage Foundation slammed a bill D.C. Diane supported that funded Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
The flyer as well as Google ads promote a website titled “D.C. Diane Black | Opposes Trump’s Border Wall.”
The flyer fits in with two themes that Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill recently pointed out about the Republican gubernatorial primary: candidates claiming they are more aligned with President Trump and more anti-illegal immigration than their opponents.
Rep. Black made headlines in May by calling for crowdsourcing to pay for building President Trump’s border wall. Black also recently filed legislation to make entering the United States illegally a felony instead of a misdemeanor, according to The Tennessee Journal.