Tennessee’s 5th Congressional GOP Candidate Kurt Winstead Plays ‘Taking the 5th’

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 Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District GOP primary candidate Kurt Winstead in studio to play Taking the 5th.

Leahy: In studio, Kurt Winstead, who’s running for one of, I think, 16 people now who’ve announced they’re running for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District in the primary that will be held on Thursday, August 4th. Kurt, we play a little game with every candidate who’s announced who comes in studio. Are you ready?

Winstead: Yes, sir, I believe so.

Leahy: Alright. It’s just seven simple questions about the district. And just to kind of check and see how much you know about the district, it’s called Taking the 5th. Kurt Winstead, candidate for GOP nomination in the 5th Congressional District, which consists of parts of Davidson County, the western part of Wilson County, the eastern part of Williamson County, and all of Marshall, Maury, and Lewis County. First question for you. What is the county seat of Maury County?

Winstead: Columbia.

Leahy: Ding, Ding, Ding! Okay, this is real easy. In what Wilson County city is the Wilson County Exposition Center located?

Winstead: Lebanon. We were there last night. (Laughter) Had a great time. A great bunch of people in Wilson County.

Leahy: I’m going to spell the name of a street in downtown Nashville. I’ll spell it and we’ll see if you can pronounce it correctly. Are you ready?

Winstead: Yes, sir.

Leahy: I’ll spell it twice. D-e-m-o-n-b-r-e-u-n.

Winstead: Demonbreun.

Leahy: Ding, Ding, Ding! You’re three for three. Who was the mayor of Nashville before Phil Bredesen?

Winstead: Oh. I got to go back a little bit. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss that one.

Leahy: I’ll give you a little clue. He appeared on Phil Donahue and played the harmonica.

Winstead: He was a Democrat, though.

Leahy: Yeah he was.

Winstead: I’m going to miss that one.

Leahy: Yeah, you are. Bill Boner.

Winstead: Bill Boner.

Leahy: Yeah, it’s pretty good. That’s three out of four. Two presidents of the United States lived in the 5th Congressional District.

Winstead: Polk and Jackson.

Leahy: We have three presidents, Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk in the 5th district.

Winstead: That’s correct.

Leahy: And then Andrew Johnson up in East Tennessee.

Winstead: Yes, sir.

Leahy: Okay. Are you ready?

Winstead: Yes, sir. A little bit harder. On what date was the Battle of Franklin fought?

Winstead: November of 1864.

Leahy: Very good! November 30.

Winstead: November 30th.

Leahy: Last question. Are you ready?

Winstead: Yes.

Leahy: There’s a hill a mile south of downtown Franklin. It’s got a small park. And if you look down on it, go to that park. You can look down and you can see the entire site of the Battle of Franklin.

It was on this hill that Confederate General John Bellhood launched his attack at the Battle of Franklin. What is the name of that hill he was about to attack?

Winstead: He was about to attack Schofield. And the name of the hill was if I missed this one, my family is going to disown me. Winstead Hill.

Leahy: Yes, indeed! I picked that one out specifically for you. Okay.

Winstead: Okay. Well, thank you.

Leahy: That’s pretty good. Hey, look, you’re six out of seven. That’s pretty good. You want to go for a bonus question?

Winstead: Sure, let’s do it. (Leahy laughs) I feel like I’m on a roll now.

Leahy: Bonus question. Which county in the new 5th Congressional District is named for a signer of the United States Constitution.

Winstead: Maury.

Leahy: No. Good try. Very close. Hugh Williamson from North Carolina signed the U.S. Constitution.

Winstead: That’s a good one. That’s a great question.

Leahy: The other little twist on that is some people might say but they’d be wrong if they said this, Wilson County because James Wilson also signed it.

Wilson County, however, was not named for James Wilson. It was named for another Major Wilson who fought in the revolutionary war. I’d say very good job. Well done!

Listen to the full interview:

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Tune in weekdays from 5:00 – 8:00 a.m. to The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy on Talk Radio 98.3 FM WLAC 1510. Listen online at iHeart Radio.

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