Records Show TN-5 Candidate Kurt Winstead Donated to Democrat Candidates for Federal Office

Gen. Kurt Winstead

Federal Election Commission records show that Tennessee 5th Congressional District Republican primary candidate Kurt Winstead donated to federal Democrat candidates in addition to Republican ones.

Williamson County Election Commission records additionally show that Kurt Winstead voted in Democrat primaries in the past.

These records come into direct contrast with a statement that Kurt Winstead made announcing a television ad buy Tuesday morning. Kurt Winstead said, “I have been a conservative since conception, and I’ve been blessed to have a career outside politics. Our message is resonating with voters in the district, as our campaign continues to gain momentum.”

In 2006, Kurt Winstead donated $1,000 to Democrat U.S. Senate nominee and former U.S. Representative Harold Ford Jr. in the race against former U.S. Senator Bob Corker.

A year later, records show Kurt Winstead donated $250 to the Tennessee Democratic Party. In 2008, the TN-5 candidate donated $300 to Democrat Bob Tuke’s U.S. Senate campaign. Tuke went on to lose to former U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

In 2010, Kurt Winstead donated $1,000 to Democrat Brett Carter, who lost in the 6th Congressional District race against former Republican U.S. Representative Diane Black.

Recently, Kurt Winstead’s donation history has been exclusively Republican. Between 2014 and 2022, Kurt Winstead donated thousands of dollars to Republicans. Those donations include several contributions to U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-TN-07), a 2019 donation of $1,000 to former President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, a few donations to U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN)’s campaign, several donations to U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and several donations to John Clark for Congress.

His voting history, provided by Williamson County election officials, show that Winstead voted in the Democrat presidential preference primary in 2008, pulled a Democrat ballot in the August 2000 primary, and voted in the Democrat August primary in 1994. Since 2010, Winstead has voted in 12 Republican primaries and zero Democrat primaries.

The Tennessee Star asked Kurt Winstead to address his history that includes Democrat candidate donations and votes in Democrat primaries.

“In the Army, we were taught the importance of owning up to our mistakes. Voting in the wrong primary and contributing to the wrong candidates certainly fits into that category. Unlike my opponents, I haven’t spent my life planning to run for office,” he said in a statement. “Matter of fact, I never thought I’d be doing this. Before 2010, I wasn’t as involved as I should’ve been, but that changed after Biden and Obama took us into a socialist spiral. We have a country to fight for. Just like Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, I’m a conservative leader you can trust.”

Kurt Winstead’s wife, Beth Winstead, is reportedly heavily involved in his campaign apparatus. She is a lobbyist at McMahan Winstead & Richardson, and has also donated to Democrats and voted in several Democrat primaries.

Beth Winstead’s Democrat donation history shows contributions of $250 to Hillary Clinton for President in 2007, $250 to Bob Clement for U.S. Senate in 2002, and Friends of John Tanner in 2000.

She also gave to Republican candidates and organizations which include: the Tennessee Republican Party federal account in 2019, Corker for U.S. Senate in 2017, Black for Congress in 2016, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s leadership PAC in 2014,  and other donations to Black, Hagerty, and Blackburn.

Beth Winstead voted in the 2004 Democrat presidential preference primary and voted in the 2000, 1996, and 1994 August Democrat primaries. Since 2006, Beth Winstead has voted in 16 Republican primaries and no Democrat ones.

Her professional biography says she served in the administration of former Governor Ned McWherter (D-TN) and served in Nashville Democrat Mayor Phil Bredesen’s administration “where she was instrumental in bringing the Tennessee Titans NFL team to Tennessee.”

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]. Follow Aaron on GETTRTwitter, and Parler.
Photo “Gen. Kurt Winstead” by Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro. Background Photo “U.S. Capitol” by Andy Feliciotti.


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13 Thoughts to “Records Show TN-5 Candidate Kurt Winstead Donated to Democrat Candidates for Federal Office”

  1. Thomas Cox

    Questions I would like to ask ALL candidates in the GOP Primaries:
    1) When does human life begin?
    2) Who pays more of the total federal income tax collected — those who earn less than $50K a year, or more?
    3) Are federal law enforcement agencies enforcing the law impartially?
    4) What is the proper role of the federal government in the citizens’ keeping and bearing of arms?
    5) Who is doing a better job of representing the highest Republican ideals: Mitt Romney or Rand Paul?

  2. Melanie

    In addition to his past of contributions and votes for demon-fascists, the Brigadier General, I believe, is condescending to Tennessee voters in his ridiculous “folksy” campaign ads. Who says “took to courting’?”

  3. Teddy

    Winstead is running as a “outsider”; no one is more of an insider than a lobbyist. His wife is a true Democrat insider.

  4. Jimmy D.

    You know, if you used to be a Democrat and later changed parties, that’s fine with me. But when you run for office as a conservative and don’t tell anyone that you were once an idiot..

    I knew there was something up with guy and his stupid ads.

  5. Nancy

    He is another Trojan gourde for the RINO s ! Andy is the real Tennessee conservative! Good job Tennessee Star!
    Please ask Bill Hagerty on the record about his investments including his wife’s! Please ask why he has not put his personal investments in a blind trust? As a senator he has access to insider information like Nancy Pelosi and Hunter Biden! Please ask Hagerty to f he has used any insider information to buy or sell stocks?

    1. Stuart I. Anderson

      Much more important Nancy is the fact that we conservatives who voted for Bill Hagerty got exactly what we hoped for and Bill promised to be viz. a very conservative U. S. senator as evidenced by the fact that he is currently carrying a 92% rating on the Heritage Action Scorecard.

    2. DR71

      He voted against the Ukraine sweepstakes, so I’m good with him

  6. Mark Rogers

    I wonder how the General’s pro life goals were benefitted by his donations to uber leftists Harold Ford Jr. and BobTuke.

  7. Hugh Brooks

    These donations are very disturbing.

    When he gave a $1000.00 to Harold Ford Jr. of Memphis against “The Cork” control of the U.S. Senate was on the line!

    A rising young star of the Democrat Party from Illinois came to Nashville to campaign for Harold Ford Jr. His name was Barack Obama.

  8. paulJ

    He and his wife are about as big a Democrat as you can get in Tennessee. Yes, they are of the Naifeh-McWorther bent, but still old school “yellow dog” Democrats. He parades around in his National Guard “general” uniform but that doesn’t make him anything close to being a conservative Republican.

  9. Bob Marsh

    Can’t support this man for anything.

  10. Stuart I. Anderson

    Winstead is a No Record Candidate with a history of liberal political contributions. For conservatives a most unattractive candidate. VOTE OGLES!

  11. Maury Insider

    Winstead voted for Hillary Clinton and donated to her campaign. He donated to Harold Ford, Jr and Democrats up until the Republicans took over in TN. Then he amazingly realized the errors of his ways and became a Republican (or alternatively he realized it helped his finances as a lobbyist to switch) and now he wants us to believe that he has been “conservative since conception”. What a scam.