Don Black has spent months in a homeless shelter since since a souring of relations year with his brother David, who is the husband of U.S. Rep. Diane Black and once provided him with a regular stipend, according to the Nashville Scene.
David Black… has not been in contact with his younger brother since last summer, when he sent an email to Don severing ties — both familial and financial.
After that, Don lost his apartment in Michigan. He lost all the furniture he worked so hard to acquire, piece by piece from thrift stores over the years. He ended up homeless, living in a shelter for eight months. Meanwhile, David and Diane live in an $11.5 million, 20,000-square-foot-plus mansion on Old Hickory Lake.
“I love my brother, and I’m not going to stop loving him just because he’s trying to kick me when I’m down,” Don says. “But he professes to be such a good Christian, and really, I wonder what Lord he’s serving, because it’s not the same one I know.”
…”I don’t think it’s any of your damn business,” David said during a phone call last weekend. He says he’s not a public figure, that his role as the CEO of Aegis Sciences Corp. and Diane’s husband doesn’t make a personal family matter newsworthy.
However, with Diane currently running for re-election in the House and widely expected to announce a gubernatorial bid after her congressional race is over, Don’s story adds complexity to the picture of a very high-profile couple. Especially since Diane, by one calculation, is the 10th-wealthiest member of Congress as of 2014, the last year for which filings are available, and has a net worth of up to $154 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — not including that $11.5 million house. Diane runs on a platform of “family values” and lauds her Christian faith and donations to ministries. Her office declined to comment.
Don says he doesn’t want money from David. Not now, not ever. He doesn’t want money from anyone, he says, even though a friend of his set up a GoFundMe page to help him out, just a little bit.
“I don’t care if he has a million, a billion, a trillion dollars, I wouldn’t take a bus token from that man ever again,” Don says of David. “I don’t want his money. But I’m not going to be angry. I’m not going to live like that.”