Clint Brewer: Courtney Johnston Has ‘Some Real Support’ Among Nashville Voters But Lags Behind in Williamson, Maury, Wilson, Marshall, and Lewis Counties

Courtney Johnston

Recovering journalist and Nashville-area public policy expert Clint Brewer said Metro Nashville Council Member Courtney Johnston, who is running in the August 1 Republican primary for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, has some “real support” among voters in Davidson County.

Johnston (pictured above) is running in the primary race against incumbent U.S. Representative Andy Ogles (R-TN-05), who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and boasts a 100 percent rating on the Heritage Action Scorecard, the nation’s leading conservative scorecard.

While she claims to be a Republican who allegedly supports former President Donald Trump, Johnston previously urged Governor Bill Lee to call a special session to pass legislation targeting firearms in a 2022 open letter and cosponsored a resolution to set an official day for Nashville to recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance last year.

Johnston’s campaign is also connected to The Best of Tennessee, the “moderate” political operation recently organized by seasoned political fundraiser Kim Kaegi, who also serves as Johnston’s campaign treasurer and Knoxville-based Democratic lawyer and abortion advocate Chloe Akers.

“Her reputation is not that of a conservative firebrand on the Council,” Brewer said.

Despite this, Brewer said Johnston’s position resonates with a “very strong moderate wing of the Republican Party left in Davidson County.”

“[Those voters in Davidson County] don’t like Andy [Ogles] and this is the west end of town, you know, think Belle Meade, Oak Hill, places like that. Traditional Republican enclaves. Beth Harwell’s old seat, that territory. They’re the safer Tennessee crowd. So she’s got some real support in Davidson County,” Brewer said on Tuesday’s edition of The Michael Patrick Leahy Show.

Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District previously included all of Davidson County but has since been redistricted to include parts of Wilson, Williamson, Maury, Marshall, and Lewis counties.

To this, Brewer said the new district map “takes enough of Davidson to hold back the opponent.”

“If you think about Ogle’s general election where he beat the state senator, I think the plan, the sort of electoral map, if you will, for that district is essentially to run up the score in the suburban and the rural counties and take enough of Davidson to hold back the opponent,” Brewer said.

Early voting for the August 1 primary begins July 12.

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Kaitlin on X / Twitter.
Photo “Courtney Johnston” by Courtney Johnston. 





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3 Thoughts to “Clint Brewer: Courtney Johnston Has ‘Some Real Support’ Among Nashville Voters But Lags Behind in Williamson, Maury, Wilson, Marshall, and Lewis Counties”

  1. Kari Rice

    Courtney Johnson is bad news. Nashville got what they deserved by electing clowns.
    Phil Williams has been jealous of Andy Ogles for years and everyone knows Phil is the town stalker who cries wolf and demands attention to make himself feel better. Pay no attention to Phil’s obessession with Andy. “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Put your rocks down Phil. The last thing Tenneessee needs is electing pronoun confused karen monsters with the last name “Johnson”. Both have created childlike problems and do nothing logical, rational, or sensible for the good of society.
    Andy Ogles is our guy and he will be re-elected.

  2. Steve Farina

    Joe Blow is right!
    We NEED to have Andy in Congress to help save this country. His voting record and legislative achievements have been true to conservative voters. We (real conservatives) need to get to the polls and vote in this primary. As an “open” primary state, Democrats (who know they don’t have a chance in the general) will come out and vote against Andy in the primary.
    Early voting begins July 12th. Vote Early if you can, but please vote!

  3. Joe Blow

    No surprise that the liberal left in Nashville is supporting her. They just want to mess up Congress the same way that they have messed up the city. They would fit better in California.