The American Conservative Union (ACU) announced their endorsement of Diane Black for governor at a meet and greet Monday before CPAC 365 in Memphis.
U.S. Rep. Black, R-Tennessee, is running for governor in the Republican primary.
“We are proud to endorse Diane Black for Governor of Tennessee,” Black’s campaign said in a press release, quoting the organization’s chairman, Matt Schlapp.
ACU’s press release continued, saying, “As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Diane worked with the president to pass a budget and cut taxes. She knows that a healthy economy is the foundation to the greater success of Tennessee and the country as a whole, and she has a record of spearheading conservative legislation to back it up. If you want a leader who fights for low taxes, is staunchly pro-life, defends the 2nd Amendment and will uphold the rule of law, then vote for Diane in the Republican primary on August 2.”
The ACU’s website says, “We believe that the Constitution of the United States is the best political charter yet created by men for governing themselves. It is our belief that the Constitution is designed to guarantee the free exercise of the inherent rights of the individual through strictly limiting the power of government.”
Black said, “American Conservative Union is a leader in the fight to protect and defend our constitution and the values on which our country was founded. Because of their efforts, our country is a stronger, safer, freer place.”
Black added, “As governor, I will make sure the world knows that Tennessee is open for business and that every Tennessean who wants a job will have the opportunity to live their version of the American Dream.”
Black and Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spoke Monday night at CPAC 365. Their panel discussions focused on the growing economy and Tennessee’s economic challenges.
Black has been pulling in endorsements lately, including from State Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville), Tennessee Right to Life and the National Rifle Association. Former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe recently said Black is the only gubernatorial candidate, in either party, who supports increasing transparency for selecting the state attorney general.