Visitors Bureau Says It Had No Role In Bringing Charge Against Commissioner Boyd; Boyd Says Voters Can "Connect The Dots"

Friday, April 13, 2018

Officials of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau said they had no part in bringing charges against County Commissioner Tim Boyd.

Commissioner Boyd replied by saying voters "can connect the dots."

Keith Sanford, CVB chairman, said, "The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. is the destination marketing and management organization for Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

"Regarding the Hamilton County District 8 commission race, the CVB is not and has not been associated with the recent investigation and indictment. No volunteer board member or CVB employee has participated or acted on behalf of the organization. Additionally, to the CVB leadership’s knowledge, no board or staff member has acted independently.

"It is regretful that the CVB has been unjustly accused or referenced as an affiliate. The new volunteer and staff leadership at the CVB remains keenly focused on tourism, economic development, and the continued improvement of our community for visitors and residents."

Commissioner Boyd, who denies that he is guilty of extortion in phone calls he said election foe Brent Lambert made to him, said, "The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) on Thursday told Hamilton County citizens it has nothing to do with what happened to me this week.

“I know without a doubt regular people, the ones who are voting for me will recognize the facts and see the leadership of the CVB in the correct light, and the connections are simple.

"Four members of the CVB search firm that conducted the recent search for new CVB President Barry White are on the host committee for Brent Lambert’s one and only fundraiser, held Monday.

"They are:

·         Former Chattanooga Mayor Jon Kinsey, who contributed the maximum political contribution of $1,500 on March 5. Kinsey, Chattanooga’s first businessman mayor and one of the most prominent Democrats in Hamilton County, was one of four political contributions Lambert received on March 5.

·         Allen Corey, a restaurateur and tenant of Kinsey

·         Ken DeFoor, developer of the Westin Hotel

·         Mitch Patel, a well-known businessman and hotel developer.

“I do not think Republican primary voters in District 8 are going to have a tough time connecting these dots. As I said Tuesday, the level of personal hatred the folks have for me simply because I held them accountable is staggeringly sad.”

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