Live from Music Row Thursday 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 all-star panelist and The Epoch Times’ Senior Editor-at-Large Roger Simon and Davis Hunt of Nashville’s The Pamphleteer in-studio to discuss the true tendencies of DA Candidate Sarah Beth Myers.
Leahy: It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Michael Patrick Leahy hosting you out of Tipperary. The Leahys from Tipperary, and the Irish from Odessa here, as represented by Roger McGillicutty O’Simon, our all-star panelist …
Simon: O’Dessa is a great thing right here, with an apostrophe O.
Leahy: We are joined in-studio our new friend, an entrepreneur with an outstanding publication called The Pamphleteer. His name is Davis Hunt. Davis, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report.
Hunt: Good to be here, Michael. Thanks for having me.
Leahy: We’re glad you’re here. Tell our audience about The Pamphleteer – where they can find it on the web, and what’s the mission of The Pamphleteer.
Hunt: The Pamphleteer is a daily newsletter we send out, covers Nashville politics, national politics. We kind of aggregate some local news, and send out a big, dense newsletter every morning.
You can sign up at our website, pamphleteer.co. I kind of thought of it as like the Nashville Scene with adjusted politics. We cover cultural issues. We have a nice event calendar that we curate and write about things, you know.
Leahy: You’re on the web, though. What’s the website?
Hunt: Pamphleteer.co. On a budget.
Leahy: Not pamphleteer.com?
Hunt: No, that domain cost like $10,000.
Leahy: So for everybody in our listening audience, to understand what this is about, go to pamphleteer.co. Now your background. Are you a carpetbagger?
Hunt: No, I’m a Nashville native.
Leahy: We’ll get the applause in the background.
Hunt: A Nashville native. Unicorn. (Leahy chuckles) I come from a tech background, actually. And I worked in entertainment briefly before getting involved in The Pamphleteer.
Leahy: You went to high school here.
Leahy: Montgomery Bell Academy.
Hunt: Montgomery Bell Academy.
Leahy: I’ve heard of it. MBA and then college. You’re a War Eagle from Auburn.
Hunt: War Eagle from Auburn. And did some tech stuff. Did some tech stuff out in Silicon Valley for a couple of years.
Leahy: Where in Silicon Valley?
Hunt: Palo Alto, actually.
Leahy: I went to business school there. In Palo Alto.
Hunt: I lived on Waverley Street.
Leahy: I know where that is. Right in the belly of Silicon Valley, left-wing beast.
Hunt: Oh, yeah.
Simon: Rents were high. (Laughter)
Leahy: For Californians, you would have been a carpetbagger there for a bit. But now you’re back home here in Tennessee.
Hunt: I’m glad to be back.
Leahy: Absolutely. Roger lived in California for much of his life.
Simon: That’s right.
Leahy: I lived in California for many years.
Simon: But now I’m known on this show as Old Hickory. (Laughter)
Simon: It’s going to be a chapter of Welcome to Old Hickory.
Leahy: Very good. Roger’s book, Southbound Train, is about all of the people from California, New York, and the blue states coming to Tennessee and what that means for Tennessee and what their experiences are. And I guess you’re getting a lot of folks who are giving you their stories, right?
Simon: I am getting many stories.
Leahy: Many, many stories. Now, our story for this segment is one of your – you’ve been doing some reporting at The Pamphleteer about the race here in Davidson County for district attorney.
Who is the incumbent and who are the challengers? And are the Republicans mounting any challenge in this race?
Hunt: The May 3rd primary coming up, Glenn Funk, incumbent. The challenger that we’re most concerned with is Sara Beth Myers.
Leahy: Sara Beth Myers.
Hunt: Correct – who runs around town, kind of masquerading as a moderate, but has a heavily progressive platform akin to [District Attorney] Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, uses the same language as him.
Leahy: Tell us about now, the guy in San Francisco, aren’t they trying to get rid of that guy?
Simon: Yes, but to no avail.
Hunt: Actually, I think it looks like he’s about to get recalled. They polled 800 people in San Francisco and 68 percent yesterday said they were going to …
Simon: We’ll see if they vote. I’m very cynical. I’m sorry.
Leahy: The problem with these George Soros-backed district attorney candidates, and I don’t know, you can tell us who’s backing her, but she’s supporting these policies that Soros is.
Supporting policies like, they’re not arresting anybody who steals something worth less than $900. They’re not prosecuting people that are committing crimes. Just awful.
Simon: They’re letting them out as quickly as they can, like they just did juicy Jussie Smollett.
Simon: Yes. Or Smollett.
Leahy: So the Republicans don’t have anybody running in the Republican primary.
Hunt: They don’t.
Simon: Disgraceful, I might add.
Leahy: Yes, they probably ought to.
Simon: They ought to because this is a year when Americans are concerned about crime, and when Soros people are in every big city – including this city, which has a big rise in its crime rate. And yet we’re having a progressive come in and handle that.
Hunt: Terms are eight years, by the way.
Leahy: Eight years. That’s a long term. Right now, Glenn Funk has been what, for 16 years or 18 years or longer? I think it’s been a long time he’s been in, and he’s generally considered sort of left of center.
Leahy: But I don’t think it would be fair to call him a Soros progressive.
Hunt: I think of it on like a scale of permissiveness. Like who’s more permissive? This Glenn Funk, who is a Democrat, maybe tends to lean progressive or this new candidate, Sara Beth Meyers, who tends to lean way more permissive and way more to the Left.
Leahy: So she’s sort of a stealth Soros-type candidate, is what I’m getting.
Hunt: Yes. There’s no way to track if she’s been funded by Soros quite yet.
Leahy: Yes, I haven’t seen any evidence she’s been hired. They hide them.
Simon: She came to the meeting of the Nashville Republican Women, where my wife is the vice president, and she was essentially lying to all the women there that she was a moderate and hard on crime.
Leahy: Let’s talk about that.
Simon: Essentially, she lied. Now, this is not good.
Simon: This is not what we like.
Leahy: A liar is not good, as we know. On this program, we don’t like liars.
Simon: We don’t.
Leahy: This is a liar-free zone.
Simon: Yes, I remember this.
Leahy: Davis, let’s have some examples of what she is not being truthful about, in your view?
Hunt: One thing that she likes to do is focus on prosecuting violent crime, which is a way of kind of pivoting away from her. I mean, she claims openly she doesn’t want to prosecute people.
She uses language like “the victim is the inmate” and all this very Woke progressive language that makes for pretty good soundbites, to be honest with you.
Leahy: What would be different if she were to be elected district attorney over Glenn Funk? How would that office be different in terms of prosecutions?
Hunt: I just think she would prosecute less. She would be soft on non-violent crime. She would implement bail reforms that made it easier for people to get out between the time they were arrested and their trial.
Leahy: Would we then see a whole bunch of criminals easily out on bail?
Leahy: Alleged criminals.
Hunt: Yes. Yes. She says that that’s her goal. She doesn’t think it’s fair that some people can afford bail and others can’t. And so she says it should be taken on a case-by-case basis where bail is tailored to that individual basis.
Leahy: And it’s the District Attorney’s office that asks for bail amounts.
Simon: She has a foundation website called Awake.
Leahy: Hold on. She runs a foundation? It’s called Awake?
Leahy: It sounds kind of Woke to me. Awake is now Woke.
Simon: You can go find this on the web and you can read all her proposals on there.
Leahy: Where is Awake on the web?
Hunt: I’ve got a little line from that website under a section called diversity, equity, and inclusion, she says “there’s been a collective reckoning in our country as we face the reality of violence, white supremacy, and systemic racism.”
Leahy: So she’s basically in the white-supremacist/systemic-racist category. Okay, so just a little note to the attorney, systemic racism has not existed in the United States since 1970.
Because it’s not systemic. In the hearts of people maybe there are some individuals that are racist, but the system and the laws have not been racist.
Simon: It’s one of the lies of our time. The fact that there’s a white supremacist everywhere is also nonsense.
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Photo “Sara Beth Myers” by Sara Beth Myers.