Party Disavows Candidate, Calls Voters Stupid
This past Thursday, Mark Clayton won the Democratic party nomination to the Tennessee Senate competition against incumbent Bob Corker. Although the contest wasn't really competitive and no real frontrunner emerged, Clayton's victory was still a surprise in that he raised no money and didn't appear to campaign much.
Clayton's platform is also a bit of a surprise. Clayton appears to be pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, supportive of immigration laws, and speaks often about US sovereignty and the encroachment of the UN through agenda 21. These are viewpoints typically espoused from what could be considered the constitutional wing of the Republicans.
The day after he won his party's nomination, the Democratic Party of Tennessee issued a statement disavowing his candidacy. The statement asserted that Mr Clayton was a member of a hate group and that the party would not assist his campaign in any way and was calling for its members to vote for a write-in candidate.
So, how does the party justify asking its members to vote against the very person they just selected to be their nominee? Well, that's easy, those voters are just plain stupid. No, seriously, that's what they said. The statement asserts that party members knew nothing about the candidates and therefore voted for the person at the top of the list, which was Mr Clayton.
Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race, so they voted for the person at the top of the ticket. Unfortunately, none of the other Democratic candidates were able to run the race needed to gain statewide visibility or support.
Couple with the the nomination of Alvin Greene in South Carolina in 2010 and the Democratic Party seems to have a trend of asserting that its members are just too plain stupid to select the candidate chosen by the party. Although in this case there doesn't seem to have been a candidate that was being supported by the party establishment in Tennessee.
What's even stranger is that the designation that Mr Clayton is the member of a hate group seems to originate solely from the designation of the Public Advocate Group of American, which Clayton is VP, as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. What did the group do to earn this designation? They oppose same-sex marriage, abortion, and teaching children in middle school and younger about homosexuality. Seriosuly, that's it.
This isn't to dog on the SPLC too much. Most of the groups they list are real hate groups and their actions revolve around white or black supremecy. However, the simple truth is that they SPLC supports open borders, amnesty for all illegal aliens, same-sex marriage, and abortion on demand. Any group that opposes any of these ideas loudly enough is branded as a hate group.
While Mr Clayton may be too conservative to be a Democratic candidate, we can't find any reason as to why the people of Tennessee should be denied their duly selected candidate. After all, if Texas has allowed the Republican party to thrust their chosen candidate upon the people, then we would have David Dewhurst as our candidate this year.
This item is being tracked as a controversy for Mr Clayton. You can see the press statement and all related items there.