Spokesman Says Randy Boyd ‘Fully Expects the Anti-Sanctuary City Legislation to Become Law’

A spokesman for the Randy Boyd campaign told The Tennessee Star on Friday afternoon that Boyd “fully expects the anti-sanctuary city legislation passed this session to become law, and as Governor he will work to enforce that law.”

Here is the full statement provided to The Star by Chip Saltsman, spokesman for the Randy Boyd campaign:

Randy Boyd has made it clear and will continue to make it clear that he is absolutely opposed to cities or counties in Tennessee becoming sanctuaries for illegal aliens. He fully expects the anti-sanctuary city legislation passed by the legislature this session to become law, and as Governor he will work to enforce that law.

As The Tennessee Star reported earlier on Friday, “The anti-sanctuary city legislation sponsored by State Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) and State Rep. Jay Reedy (R-Erin) and passed overwhelmingly by the Tennessee General Assembly has been signed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and on Thursday was formally transmitted to the office of Gov. Haslam,” adding:

The governor arrived back in Nashville this morning from an overseas trip, so the ten day clock in which he must either veto the bill–testing Speaker Harwell’s resolve to call a special session of the General Assembly to override the veto–sign it, or allow it to become law by returning it to the General Assembly unsigned, has begun ticking. He also has the option of returning it unsigned before the ten days expire and allow it to become law.

Gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, a member of Haslam’s administration until he resigned to run for governor, is the only one of four candidates for the GOP nomination who has not yet taken a position on whether Gov. Haslam should sign the bill. This silence is in stark contrast to his recent television advertisements, in which he has portrayed himself as a strong opponent of illegal immigration in all its forms.

Today, the rubber meets the road for Mr. Boyd.

He must decide to either maintain his silence, thereby acquiescing to whatever actions Gov. Haslam may take on the bill, or step forward and demonstrate that the words of his anti-illegal immigration ads are backed up by the corresponding actions.

Two of Boyd’s rivals for the GOP gubernatorial nomination have delivered personal statements on the anti-sanctuary city bill.

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-06) has urged Gov. Haslam to sign the bill, while Williamson County businessman Bill Lee has said as governor he would sign the bill.

A third rival, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) voted for the bill and, according to sources, has threatened to call the Tennessee General Assembly into special session in the event Gov. Haslam vetoes the bill.


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9 Thoughts to “Spokesman Says Randy Boyd ‘Fully Expects the Anti-Sanctuary City Legislation to Become Law’”

  1. […] has avoided stating any opinion or preference as to whether Haslam should sign the bill. A carefully worded statement from Boyd’s spokesman issued a week after the other candidates, sounds more like a […]

  2. lb

    What a WEAZEL statement–this guy hiding behind a “spokesman”… vote ANYONE but this guy. i was all in for Mae Beavers but I am wholly behind Diane Black now–she can win and has enough of what I want in the next Gov to get my support

  3. Steve Austin

    Randy Boyd needs to say himself, not through a spokesperson, in plain English—-that he opposes illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. he needs to tell :Haslam to sign. And where is Bill Lee on all this. Black and Howell have led on the issue.

    1. John Bumpus

      A very good observation, Mr. Austin. WHERE IS BILL LEE ON ALL OF THIS?

      Candidates campaigning for Governor usually make public statements on the public issues of the day. Candidates campaigning for Governor usually broadcast television advertisements in opposition to those being ‘aired’ by their opponents.

      Is Bill Lee a REAL candidate for Governor, or is Mr. Lee just a ‘spoiler’?

      At some point, even if I was inclined to seriously consider supporting Mr. Lee, his repeated inaction would cause me to decide to just ‘forget about it.’

    2. Dee

      Ah, but Randy Boyd does not oppose illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Hence, the need for the “spokesperson.”

  4. Stuart I. Anderson

    From his long association with advocacy groups for illegal aliens it is obvious of all the gubernatorial candidates Randy! will do whatever he can to make Tennessee most welcoming to the illegals when what we need is a governor who will do just the opposite. That’s just one of the reasons conservatives must unite when early voting begins and follow the ANYBODY BUT BOYD strategy.

  5. Kevin

    Yeah, Boyd will say he’s against it until he gets elected, then he’ll “give away the farm!” This is the same guy who claims that he’s never been a politician, yet in his stump speeches states that he was the architect of the free college program. So if he was able to give away FREE college while not in office, imagine how much he will give away once he is in office.

  6. 83ragtop50

    Sounds like they are practicing the non-answer answers that is a typical ploy of politicians.
    The question is not “do you expect…”. The questions is “do you support….”. Apparently Mr. Boyd does NOT support the bill.

    1. Phillip Henderson

      “Depends on your definition of” Sanctuary cities.