Davidson County Republican Chair Lonnie Spivak: Tennessee General Assembly Has Moved Swiftly to Pass Key Legislation
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 Davidson County Republican Party Chairman Lonnie Spivak in studio to acknowledge quick legislation passage, social media platform use, and how the Left tries to make something out of nothing.
Leahy: In studio, Lonnie Spivak, chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party is here with us. Lonnie, it’s been a very eventful week, and I think we’ve got more stuff coming. I do wanna say this about Governor Bill Lee.
He has quickly signed some very significant bills that have been brought to his attention and passed in both the House and the Senate quickly. Kudos to Speaker of the House Cam Sexton and Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally.
They brought ’em the bill to stop transgender genital mutilation for kids under 18. They brought ’em the bill that would outlaw the drag queen and other kinds of skin shows, I suppose, that are held in public spaces or that where children are present.
Spivak: I wanna talk about that. And I’m falling into the trap too because it doesn’t say drag queens in the bill. It prohibits sexually explicit burlesque-type shows in public areas where children can be present.
Leahy: And the impact on a drag queen show or any other stripper show.
Spivak: If a library wanted to have stripper hour where strippers came and read story books to kindergartners, that wouldn’t be allowed either. It really has nothing to do with your gender or where you are in the LGBTQ+ community. It really is saying we’re not gonna do sexually explicit burlesque shows in areas where minors can be present or in public areas.
Leahy: It’s a very good bill. A very good bill.
Spivak: It’s just been so misrepresented by the media here in Tennessee and across the country. Governor Lee has gotten some pushback from our legal, but not legitimate president and the governor of California and others. And to his credit, he stood up for his decision.
Leahy: Just a couple of little things here to point out. This is how desperate the left is. So there was a picture of Governor Lee when he was in high school and they put that up on a billboard and they oh, made fun of him, all that. Fine, big deal. And then I did have to mention Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally has been on his Instagram account saying stuff back and forth with 20-year-old gay guy who, that, it was like an odd sort of thing.
And that’s been all over the press. McNally’s 79 years old and he’s got a heart problem. They trying to create something outta nothing from that. If the lieutenant governor’s listing I would say, those are the kind of little communications you probably ought not to do. It’s not cool. You may think it’s cool, but it’s not.
Spivak: If the lieutenant governor is anything like my parents, using a cell phone and getting on social media is a difficult task. (Laughs)
Leahy: I would say. Anybody over a certain age ought not to be allowed on Instagram or Twitter because they don’t know how to use it. Or Facebook.
Spivak: Mike, I don’t work on Instagram. I think it’s connected to my Facebook page system stuff, post there, but I don’t really actively post on Instagram. I’ve never done TikTok. I only really use social media platforms now for promoting my individual ideas.
Leahy: Exactly. And anyway, we just wanted, had to mention that little kerfuffle. By the way, the lieutenant governor stuff I give it like a 72-hour half life.
Spivak: If that long half-life, probably just not that interesting.
Leahy: You are exactly right.
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Photo “Lonnie Spivak” by Lonnie Spivak. Background Photo “Davidson County Courthouse” by euthman. CC BY-SA 2.0.