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 former congressional candidate Natisha Brooks in studio to announce her run for mayor of Nashville.
Leahy: We are delighted to welcome to our microphones our very good friend Natisha Brooks, who is sartorially splendid this morning. Good morning, Natisha.
Brooks: Good morning, Michael. Thank you for having me.
Leahy: It’s great to have you here.
Brooks: It’s great to be here. It’s cold. (Chuckles)
Leahy: It is a little brisk out there this morning. It’s still 28, 29 degrees.
Leahy: You came prepared.
Brooks: I did.
Leahy: And I always talk about this. We probably, at some point, need to get a video camera here. It would not be focused on me this morning, but it would be focused on you. (Brooks laughs) You’re very stylish this morning, Natisha.
Brooks: Thank you.
Leahy: You got a beautiful hat. It’s kind of a silver hat. And then you’ve got a gorgeous dress and a beautiful colorful…
Brooks: Our blanket.
Leahy: A red, white, and blue American flag.
Leahy: And a splendid scarf. And you just look so stylish here.
Brooks: Thank you.
Leahy: I feel upstaged by the very gracious and stylish Natisha Brooks, you made some news the other day.
Brooks: We did.
Leahy: You’re a teacher. Is that your background?
Brooks: Yes. Home school owner and educator, educational consultant. Been doing it for we’ve been in the business for almost 31 years. Ms. Brooks says, now, listen, Michael, my hair is black, but I got it dyed just for you. There’s a lot of gray up here.
Leahy: It looks very nice. It looks very nice this morning.
Brooks: Home school educating consulting is what we are.
Leahy: And you have run for office here in Nashville before.
Brooks: Not in that. Well, for Congress.
Leahy: For Congress. You went for Congress and not for a Metro Nashville Davidson County office.
Leahy: I will tell you what’s interesting about Natisha. Do not try to get into a debate with Natisha because you’re an extraordinary orator.
Brooks: Thank you so much.
Leahy: And you know that, right? Because you go in and we’d have these debates, right? There’d be nine people, and they’d be whah, what, what whah. And then this stentorian voice would come out and there would be Natisha. It was spellbinding. You’re a very good speaker.
Brooks: Thank you so much.
Leahy: And you know that. But I think once you finished, what, fourth or fifth place in the GOP primary? Fourth or fifth?
Brooks: I believe fifth.
Leahy: So on Tuesday on this program that morning I was doing an analysis of the race with Baxter Lee.
Leahy: And I called the incumbent mayor, John Cooper, an ego-maniacal, tyrant, and a jerk. I called him that on the air. And of course, he couldn’t take the heat. Two hours later…
Brooks: Two hours later! What did you do, Michael?
Leahy: He decided he wasn’t going to run again for reelection. Obviously, it was caused by that.
Brooks: Thanks to Michael. We appreciate that.
Leahy: But Natisha, there you were, ready to pounce politically.
Brooks: I was ready for that debate. I dreamed of that debate with Cooper. And you made him go away, Michael.
Leahy: I know. So then, natisha I’m listening to the radio on another radio station of one of our friends on another station, Matt Murphy. And here is this booming voice and it’s you.
Brooks: It’s me. And you made an announcement. Tell us what that announcement was.
Leahy: Michael, since you just ran Mr. Cooper off, (Leahy laughs) we just went ahead and made an announcement that we are now Natisha for Nashville Mayor. Conservatives, you have a voice! We’re going to make sure that you have a voice in this race. And so we are now, Michael, running for Nashville mayor, seeking the office for mayor of Nashville.
Leahy: Do you have a website?
Brooks: The website is almost finished. We had an exploratory committee of 23 people. We just weren’t quite sure we were looking at numbers. You have to study numbers. But the website will be up conservatives! It will be up by this weekend.
Leahy: And what will it be?
Listen to today’s show highlights, including this interview:
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Photo “Natisha Brooks” by Natisha Brooks. Background Photo “Tennessee Capitol” by Carol M. Highsmith.