Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the candidate for the Davidson County Republican Party Chair, Lonnie Spivak in studio to discuss his endorsements and how to register for the election on Saturday.
Leahy: In studio, our very good friend, Lonnie Spivak, Davidson County residents. For many years you worked in marketing and graphic design advertising. That’s been your career.
Spivak: That’s been my career, yes.
Leahy: And you are a candidate for chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party. I’ve known you for many, many years. We’ve worked on innumerable projects, and I have endorsed you for the chairmanship. I’ve never endorsed anybody for a local office in the history of this program.
Spivak: I know. That makes me feel really special, too.
Leahy: You are really special because you get a lot of things done. But Lonnie, what I’m interested in, tell people where they can go to pre-register for this meeting tomorrow, where the Davidson County Republican Party will elect a new chairman.
You can go to votegopnashville.com. It’ll bring you to a very short form where they’ll get your name, your address, and stuff, and then they’ll look at your voting record and make sure you voted in at least three of the four statewide primaries.
Leahy: And if you’re there, don’t worry about it. Just go in. And here’s the thing I would say about this. If you’re not sure, had I voted in three of the last four statewide elections, don’t worry about it. Sign up, and go there. And here’s the thing. Even if you, like, voted in two or four and you you’re not and that for some for this technical reason, you’re not able to vote.
That’s not really the important thing. Voting is important in the election of the chairman, but we want to have people come there who are willing to work and be part of this effort to get conservative candidates out there in Davidson County.
Spivak: And if you haven’t met all the exact criteria, there’ll be a process too where there’ll be people who will be able to vouch for you and stuff and get you in.
Leahy: Yes. This is consistent with the Republican Party bylaws. But just show up and go with the flow.
Spivak: That’s going to be important. There’s a lot of new energy in Nashville. There are a lot of people moving in. Over 200 people have registered to attend so far. So it’s going to be a great turnout. It’ll be a quick event, just a couple of hours, really, to get the new board elected, and then we’ll hit the ground running.
Leahy: Go through the process. And I’m just going to say we’re not going to get into the details of this, but what an opportunity that is right in front of us when a week and a half ago, Mayor John Cooper announced that he was not running for re-election.
Spivak: That’s because you called him mean names too.
Leahy: That’s why. We know the reason that John Cooper decided he wouldn’t run for reelection is that I called him some mean names earlier that day.
Spivak: That’s exactly right.
Leahy: But now he’s not running, so I don’t need to call him mean names. But the important part about this is the opportunity, and let me just frame this. You can’t win a race unless you show up. You got to show up.
And generally speaking, if you don’t show up, that’s a problem. And I think if you are elected tomorrow, you have a whole plan for showing up and for conservatives to show up in Nashville, Davidson County.
Spivak: I’ve got a seven-point plan for how I want to attack the chairmanship.
Leahy: And let me add. Our friend, the outgoing chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party, Jim Garrett, has also endorsed you.
Spivak: And that was a big surprise that that happened, but I’m happy to get support wherever I can get him.
Leahy: We know Jim. Good guy, and his endorsement of you, I think, is a very significant thing. You’ve been endorsed by yours truly and by Jim Garrett. And the election is tomorrow.
Spivak: And it’s tomorrow.
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Photo “Lonnie Spivak” by Lonnie Spivak. Background Photo “Davidson County Courthouse” by euthman. CC BY-SA 2.0.