RINO incumbent Congresswoman Diane Black is desperately trying to stay in power by attempting to stave off primary challenger and constitutional conservative Joe Carr in Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District.
Black has been hitting the airwaves in Tennessee with a story about her supposedly being assaulted by three men while “walking on the streets of Nashville alone” when she was 45-years old, which would have placed the incident in 1996.
“They broke my cheekbone and ruptured a disc in my back and there was no one there to help me,” Diane Black says in the ad. “They tried to get me in the car, but I knew that I could not let that happen. When the police arrived, they told me that if they had gotten me in the car but I know that I could not let that happen. When the police arrived, they told me that if they had gotten me in the car that I would never have come back. And I decided right then that I could never be a victim again,” she claims in the ad below:
Black states that the incident motivated to get her concealed carry permit. However, for some reason took Black 16 years to get around to obtaining the permit, an inconvenient fact even her campaign admits.
“She did get her carry permit in 2010 after she’d gotten self-defense training, bought a gun, and spent enough time practicing with it so that she was comfortable enough to carry — as is recommended before anyone gets a permit,” campaign spokesman Jonathan Frank told The Tennessean.
Coincidentally, 2010, the year Diane Black, considered one of the richest members of Congress with a reported net worth of at least $147 million, obtained her belated concealed carry permit, just happens to be the same year Black was campaigning for her first term in the U.S. Congress.
The other problem with Black’s story is her injury claims and that she says she was assaulted by three men. A police report from 1994 (not 1996), indicates her purse was stolen by one “black male” and that there were two other people who stayed in the car, the male driver and a child describes as “about 8 or 9 years old.”
Moreover, an eyewitness described the perpetrator as “a young black male,” not three.
Therefore, one man stole her purse. She was not beaten up by three men as Diane Black claims in her campaign ad.
Additionally, Congresswoman Black’s injury claims in the above ad, at least according to the police report (described as only a “bruised left cheek), appear to be highly exaggerated.
While the possibility remains that Black did not reveal the extent of her injuries at the time the crime was reported, or that she found out the extent of them later, considering the other embellishments in the story, this seems rather unlikely.
Rep. Diane Black is being challenged by insurgent candidate and former state representative Joe Carr, who came within shouting distance of unseating another entrenched RINO in 2014, Senator Lamar Alexander .
Big-moneyed Black is taking Joe Carr’s challenge very seriously as indicated by the enormous amount of money the campaign is spending, many multiples of what Carr’s campaign resources allow.
The Tennessean reports:
Though the frontrunner, the Black campaign is not taking Carr lightly. Between April 1 and June 30, Black’s campaign spent $866,000, around $500,000 of which has gone toward a television ad blitz. She raised $400,000 during that time and still has $822,000 to spend.
The severely out-funded Carr spent $72,000 during those same three months after raising $100,000 during the period. He has just $28,000 on hand left to spend.
Joe Carr, a Tea Party favorite, is hoping to be the “Eric Cantor of 2016.” In 2014, establishment leader Cantor was crushed by another outsider campaigning on a shoestring budget in the biggest upset in a generation. We now call that challenger Congressman Dave Brat , who like Joe Carr is a principled constitutional conservative.
If Rep. Diane Black does get re-elected to what would be her fourth term, she may not be paying attention to her work in the House for long. Black is considered a probable candidate to run for governor in Tennessee in 2018, meaning she would begin campaigning for that office next year.
The primary for this race is August 4.