Former State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) announced via Facebook at 4 p.m. today that she is suspending her campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.
You can read her Facebook post here:
Beavers’ rival for the Republican nomination, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued a statement praising her minutes later.
“While Mae and I don’t always agree on tactics, we have always agreed on philosophy, and I’ve always known her to be a dedicated conservative who fights for what she believes in,” Black said in a statement.
“From our time in the state legislature fighting to protect the unborn and to stop a state income tax, we know the conservative movement is stronger when we are fighting for the same cause together. I wish Mae the best and hope that she will continue to be active in the fight in Tennessee,” Black concluded.
Another GOP rival in the governor’s race, Williamson County businessman Bill Lee, praised Beavers in a tweet.
“I’ve enjoyed getting to know @MaeBeavers and Jerry on the campaign trail over the past year. I look forward to seeing her steadfast conservative leadership be put to work in other ways in Tennessee in the months and years ahead,” Lee tweeted.
Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd, another Republican candidate for governor, sent out this tweet:
Sen. Beavers and I got to know each other during my time as ECD Comm. and I applaud her efforts to serve Tennessee w. passion and a conservative vision. Jenny and I wish @MaeBeavers & her family the best as they move on to the next chapter.
— Randy Boyd (@randyboyd) January 30, 2018