Live from Music Row Monday 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 Trump administration Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus in studio to answer questions about Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.
Leahy: It’s that time of day again, not for “News Potpourri.” We have a candidate for the 5th Congressional District in our studio, and we’re going to play a different game called “Taking the Fifth.”
All right. You’re a good sport here to play the game. Morgan Ortagus is here. We have candidates come in and we ask them their knowledge of the 5th Congressional District. Are you ready?
Leahy: Here we go. What three interstate highways are located in the 5th Congressional District?
Ortagus: I’m a terrible driver. (Laughs) I don’t know that. I don’t drive anywhere that I go.
Leahy: Okay. It’s I-65, I-40, and I-24.
A country music superstar, a famous, multi-Grammy-Award-winning performer, has a popular winery in the center of the 5th district in Arrington, Tennessee.
Ortagus: I have been to that winery. It’s great – I love that winery. I bought some wine.
Leahy: Who owns it?
Ortagus: I don’t know who owns it, but I love it. We went there for the summer and had a picnic outside. It was beautiful.
Leahy: Kix Brooks. He’s a Tennessean.
Here’s one: Who was Brigadier General Robert Reese Neyland?
Leahy: Legendary Tennessee football coach. Neyland Stadium was named after him.
There are four previous Republican governors who are still living, and live in Tennessee. Can you name them?
Ortagus: Well, let’s see. All four of them. No. I know Lee and Haslam. I met with Haslam right after I moved here. What a nice guy. And then, of course, I’ve met Governor Lee.
Leahy: Dunn, Alexander, Sundquist.
One of the most famous NASCAR drivers living today lives in the 5th District and has a large auto dealership in Franklin. Who is that?
Ortagus: My husband is the car guy. He used to race. He knows all of the racing stuff.
Leahy: Darrell Waltrip.
This is a Tennessee one, okay?
Ortagus: I think they all are Tennessee ones.
Leahy: Crom, this might be interesting for you. Who was the only Tennessee governor who ever served time in prison for crimes committed while in office?
Carmichael: I know that one. (Leahy laughs)
Leahy: (Chuckles) Well, we’ll give you a hint. He’s a Democrat.
Ortagus: Yes, I was just going to say…
Leahy: You know the party, Ray Blanton.
A rather well-known Confederate general – one whose name and history have been a source of enormous controversy in Tennessee the last few years – was born and raised in the community of Chapel Hill, in the 5th district. Who was he?
Ortagus: I don’t know.
Leahy: Nathan Bedford Forrest.
What county is Chapel Hill in?
Ortagus: I don’t know.
Leahy: Marshall County. It’s in your district.
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Photo “Morgan Ortagus” by Morgan Ortagus.