Democrats are disavowing the candidate who became the party’s nominee to face Sen. Bob Corker. Mark Clayton received the most votes, despite running virtually no campaign.
The Tennessee Democratic Party is admitting that none of its candidates were able to “gain statewide visibility” running against Corker, who is widely popular. Clayton happened to be at the top of the alphabetical list. According to the Tennessee Secretary of State, Clayton had twice as many votes as anyone else in the field.
In a statement, the party says Mark Clayton has never voted in a Democratic primary except to vote for himself. And he is associated with what Democrats call a “known hate group in Washington D.C.” Clayton’s Facebook page says he’s against gay marriage, NATO expansion in Eastern Europe and drones used by the government for spying.
The party says it’s urging Democrats to write-in a candidate for the General Election in November.