On November 30, Jeb Bush will return to Tennessee for the first time since his low-energy performance in the 2016 presidential election to fundraise for gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd.
During Bush’s bid for the presidency, Boyd was eager to give his support and resources to the middle Bush son. Boyd hosted a fundraiser, donated nearly $3,000 and ran as an at-large delegate to support the middle Bush son before he dropped out of the race.
It’s no surprise Jeb! would come to Tennessee to fundraise for Boyd! They’re views on issues ranging from education to immigration are in lock-step.
Bush was seen as a top contender on the Republican ticket from early on in the race, but as the field became more crowded with conservative candidates, his moderate leanings seemed more aligned with Hillary Clinton than the GOP.
Bush’s expectation to be carried into the Oval Office on the shoulders of the establishment was rejected early in the race. To the surprise of the pro-immigration, pro-amnesty Bush, only using the Republican Party during election season doesn’t sit well with conservatives.
For both candidates, the biggest wedge between themselves and Republicans is their stances on illegal immigration.
Former President Barak Obama appointed Boyd so serve on the board of the College Promise Campaign, an education board led by Jill Biden to focus on finding ways to provide free community college educations for all eligible students including illegal immigrants.
According to a Tennessee Star report:
A briefing book for state leaders posted on the College Promise website, Making Public Colleges Tuition Free, includes a reference to the “alternative application for undocumented students” used by two states for their college promise scholarships.
The College Promise Campaign was embraced by Bush, despite its $320 billion price tag to be paid in tax increases.
Boyd has served as a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group of mayors and business leaders who supports and advocates for amnesty for illegal immigrants.
He and his wife Jenny gave Conexion Americas its biggest donation in history of $250,000. Conexion Americas was founded by Renata Soto, an organizer of the anti-Trump #INDIVISIBLE campaign. She also sits on the board of the National Council of La Raza, a pro-amnesty group.
In smaller donations, the Boyds have donated to State Senator Steve Dickerson, a known Nashville moderate. The Boyd’s donated $6,000 to the Dickerson campaign following his support of a bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Tennessee universities.
Randy Boyd’s positions on immigration line up perfectly with Jeb Bush, who also has a history of supporting illegal immigration, once calling it an “act of love”.
“There is one reason above all others that we have millions of illegal immigrants: because there is no lawful avenue for them to enter the country,” Bush said.
In 2014 Bush said, “So the idea that something I support that people are opposed to, it means that I have to stop supporting it if there’s not any reason based on fact to do that? I just–maybe it’s stubbornness, but I just don’t seem compelled to run for cover when I think this is the right thing to do for our country,” Bush said.
After Bush left the governor’s office, he founded the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE). FEE has received millions of dollars in support of Common Core from Bill and Melinda Gates.
Bush’s education ideas were also supported by President Obama. According to the Washington Post, Obama joined Bush on state at a Miami high school in 2011 to sing his praises.
“’We are also honored to be joined here today by another champion of education reform, somebody who championed reform when he was in office, somebody who is now championing reform as a private citizen — Jeb Bush,’ Obama said.”
After a lengthy interview with Randy Boyd in 2015, the Knoxville Mercury confirmed that Boyd sides with Bush and Obama as a “staunch supporter of Common Core.”
“He supported Mitt Romney in 2012 (as a state co-campaign chair), but he refuses to take Barack Obama’s name in vain. For the record, he rates himself as ‘a fiscal conservative who believes that freedom should carry forward to social issues, too.’ He is a staunch supporter of Common Core.”
Finally, the two share a hazy similarity from their youth. Both have enjoyed the illegal, recreational use of marijuana
“‘Randy says as a teenager he tried it one time when marijuana was being passed around during a ZZ Top concert,’ said Laine Arnold, a spokeswoman for Boyd’s campaign.’
“Bush, in 2015, acknowledged breaking a series of rules. ‘I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,’ Bush said, both of which could have led to expulsion. ‘It was pretty common.’ He said he had no recollection of bullying and said he was surprised to be perceived that way by some.”
When all was said and done, Bush received less than 1 percent of the Republican vote. He dropped out in February 2016, after suffering a massive loss in South Carolina. His loss signaled the disdain everyday Americans had for weak establishment Republicans.
As close as the two are, Boyd should have learned from Bush’s mistakes. Boyd instead seems to be taking a page out of the Jeb! playbook. Boyd is competing against a field of qualified candidates with his very own “walk like a Clinton, talk like a Bush” strategy that is better suited for the Democratic primary.