State Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) gave it to the Metropolitan Davidson County/Nashville Government with both barrels in a brief speech he delivered at the Cannon County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner in Woodbury on Friday night.
“I pledge, along with my colleagues in the House, to orchestrate a massive response to Davidson County’s attempt at embracing sanctuary city status,” Matheny told the crowd.
Matheny then spelled out exactly how opponents of the Metro Nashville Council’s proposed sanctuary city ordinance in the Tennessee General Assembly will respond.
“They come to us every year for a lot of money, for professional sports teams, mass transit, tourism, business development and other initiatives they ask the state to support,” Matheny said.
“If the council won’t yield to the pressure they will face prior to the July 6 third reading of the proposed ordinance, then my colleagues and I will do everything in our power to deprive Metro Nashville of funds,” he vowed.
“On July 7, there will be all out political war after July 6,” Matheny said.
The crowd, estimated to number about 125, appeared to be unanimously in agreement with Matheny’s sentiments.
In addition to Matheny, State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee (both of whom are announced candidates for governor) addressed the crowd, as well as the featured speaker for the evening, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07).
After the event, Matheny elaborated to The Star with more details.
“I pledge that the actions of the Metro Nashville Council will not go unpunished,” the veteran state legislator told The Star.
“The whole nation is watching, and their actions will only embolden other liberal enclaves to follow suit. We must and will stop the sanctuary city initiative,” he added.
“I have already worked with other colleagues to ensure there are enough state legislators to launch these initiatives immediately and with effectiveness in the legislative process. People are very worried in Tennessee that our Capitol city will turn its back on the Constitution, the safety and security of its citizens and plunder the treasury in the process,” Matheny told The Star.
Last week, Matheny told The Star he was “100 percent in the race for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District” in the event Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-06) opts to run for governor.