2012 Election | Democratic Party | Tennessee

Mark Clayton, Anti-Gay Lunatic, Gets Democratic Senate Nomination

MarkClaytonThe Tennessee Democratic Party issued a sad statement yesterday, denouncing their own party's freshly-minted senatorial candidate:

The only time that [Mark] Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself. 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 ...

... the Tennessee Democratic Party disavows his candidacy, will not do anything to promote or support him in any way, and urges Democrats to write-in a candidate of their choice in November.

Mark Clayton is the former vice president of the Public Advocate of The United States -- the same deeply paranoid, gay-hating outfit that misappropriated a gay couple's wedding photo for use in a political advertisement earlier this year, and last week published what was supposed to be a funny song about child-molesting gay scoutmasters.

These offenses against taste and sanity don't begin to describe the full breadth and depth of Clayton's weirdness, or the Public Advocate's. Mother Jones has an instructive breakdown, which informs us that Clayton once believed the Chinese government had teamed with Google to destroy his political career; that Clayton has denounced Arnold Schwarzenegger as a sort of Austrian Manchurian candidate whose mission is to bring Nazi eugenics to America; and that Clayton's deepest fears include the construction of a superhighway from Canada to Mexico, the completion of which would for some reason destroy the United States.


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  1. "Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race..." Maybe the Tennessee Democratic Party should do more about that.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 4, 2012 10:39:09 AM

  2. You can see that this guy is a closet case and hates himself as much as he hates the gays! Life would be so much easier if people could be who they are.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 4, 2012 10:44:41 AM

  3. Crazy eyes vs. Gay face.

    Crazy eyes wins!

    Posted by: Munro | Aug 4, 2012 10:45:10 AM

  4. Ha, AL Gore's old seat. Like Ted Cruz's opponent in Texas, a block of wood would, in the final, get as many votes as he will. Which is why the state Democratic Party spent about 19 cents on the race.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Aug 4, 2012 10:53:03 AM

  5. Delgaudio's former buttboy?

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Aug 4, 2012 11:01:19 AM

  6. The Republicans in AZ have attempted to do the same thing- run a fake Democrat to ensure the Republican gets elected.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 4, 2012 11:05:05 AM

  7. The Republicans in AZ have attempted to do the same thing- run a fake Democrat to ensure the Republican gets elected.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 4, 2012 11:05:06 AM

  8. Pretty much sums up the political state of the state of Tennessee today! The state is so deeply invested in extremist conservatism that even the Democratic nominees are crazy, right-wing extremists!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 4, 2012 11:07:08 AM

  9. The TN Democratic Party sounds like a clusterf*ck. How did they manage to f*ck this up so badly?

    And maybe those who voted in the Dem. primary knew perfectly well who and what this guy is. How many 'new' or first-time Dems voted in the TN Dem. primary?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 4, 2012 11:07:42 AM

  10. I keep having to post this about people like this:

    "He looks gay to me."


    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Aug 4, 2012 11:24:43 AM

  11. This Mark Clayton is cool. If you disagree with these people they say you "hate"..........well it is much more likely they are intolerant of views different than their own.

    duh! They are democrats. Limited intellectual power. That is to say morons.

    Posted by: Freemon Sandlewould | Aug 4, 2012 11:24:57 AM

  12. As a proud, out, MARRIED gay Canadian, I have no trouble with a superhighway running from Mexico to Canada... just as long as it DOES NOT go through Tennessee.

    Posted by: ron | Aug 4, 2012 11:25:09 AM

  13. "Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race..."

    Really? The former actress Park Overall was a candidate. She is pro-environment, pro-union and pro-marriage equality and I would think her name is eminently more Google-able than fake-dem Clayton.

    What in the name of Alvin Green happened here?

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 4, 2012 11:38:01 AM

  14. Freemon Sandlewould, "Limited intellectual power" and "morons"?? You and your party are off your rockers. In one breath, you call Democrats intellectual elitists and in the next you call them stupid. So, which is it?

    THIS is Tennessee's (D) Senate candidate? Clearly, the DNCC has no hope for and does not give a rat's azz about this deeply redneck state. But, what an embarrassment to our nation to let a man like this get nominated.

    Posted by: boone68 | Aug 4, 2012 11:51:55 AM

  15. Sad.

    Jim, maybe voters recognized the name Mark Clayton because he's one of the great NFL receivers from the past and football is the one thing these people understand. :)

    What was the TN Democratic Party's role in this primary? Seems like they did nothing, knew this could happen, and when it did, they make a statement. I'm not clear on how this happened.

    Posted by: Roger | Aug 4, 2012 12:02:24 PM

  16. Gay.

    Posted by: kenzbeard | Aug 4, 2012 12:03:08 PM

  17. How in hell did this clown get in under the wire...? Why did the TN Dems not see/flag/counter him right from the outset? Asleep at the wheel if you ask me. This all but assures a GOP win there... what a travesty. Was he also run by the GOP as a Dem candidate? Who vets these people?????

    Posted by: CKNJ | Aug 4, 2012 12:08:24 PM

  18. Lunatic and Democrat pair up nicely.

    Posted by: midnitelamp | Aug 4, 2012 12:12:10 PM

  19. Lunatic and Democrat pair up nicely.

    Posted by: midnitelamp | Aug 4, 2012 12:12:13 PM

  20. Lunatic and Democrat pair up nicely.

    Posted by: midnitelamp | Aug 4, 2012 12:12:14 PM

  21. In more states than Tennessee the Democratic Party exists in name only. The state is so Red, there is little possibility of a Democrat getting elected statewide. The GOP has similar situations in some very Blue states. Consequently, especially in a Presidential year, no Democratic organizations are going to waste time and money in what they view as a lost cause. The only time there was an exception was during Howard Dean's tenure at the DNC, he advocated a 50 state policy. That has since been abandoned, as had Howard Dean.

    Thus, when there is no day to day real, functioning party apparatus, we get the Alvin Greens and this creep. If Christ were the Democratic candidate, he wouldn't beat Corker in Tennessee. The Democrats have to either work at rebuilding the party in these Red States, or just close up shop and use the resources elsewhere. We are a very divided country and I don't see national unity on the horizon at all.

    Posted by: Bob R | Aug 4, 2012 12:21:52 PM

  22. Is it me, or is his facial expression exactly like Aurora shooter James Holmes in that first picture that leaked out?

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Aug 4, 2012 12:24:54 PM

  23. Am I reading The Onion?

    Posted by: Bingo | Aug 4, 2012 12:30:13 PM

  24. @Roger,

    Yes it's sad that some people might make that assumption if all they saw was a name. But honestly, how insulated does a voter have to be to mistake the Tennessee candidate Mark Clayton for the football star Mark Clayton?

    It was a Senate race. It's not like they were voting for a county commissioner.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 4, 2012 12:57:25 PM

  25. One wonders how the state that gave us uber-Democrat Al Gore could have a Democratic Party so inept that this uber-clown would garner the nomination for Senate.

    Of course, this was a set-up. Eugene Delgaudio and the advocacy group he founded, The Public Advocate of The United States, pulled this scam off quite neatly, but they did not do it on their own. They had help.

    Remember, Tennessee is one of several states that allows open primaries. Therefore, if you are a republicon, you can vote for a Democratic candidate in any primary election.

    Clayton's name was on the top of the ballot because the candidates' names were listed alphabetically. Many voters simply pulled the lever for the first name they saw.

    As with most primaries, voter turn-out is low. Therefore, it would not have taken many cross-over republicons to put this clown over the top.

    The Public Advocate of The United States is a virulently anti-gay hate group. They espouse all the so-called "traditional values" prized by like-minded bigots such as AFA, NOM, The Eagle Forum, the GOP, etc.

    I somehow got on to Delgaudio's email list so I regularly receive his extremist, right-wing rants. He was actively promoting Mark Clayton and in the "cc:" list of recipients, every one of the major right-wing advocacy groups were there.

    By word-of-mouth and the Internet, the Teavangelicals, now a major force in TN politics and across the South in general, had quietly, under the radar, encouraged their followers to go and pull the lever for Clayton.

    Which they did. And so, Clayton took the nomination of the Democratic Party as its candidate for Senator right out from under the Democrats' noses.

    Clayton won, not fairly nor squarely, but he won. Chalk it up to the ineptitude of the TN Democrats but more to the sad truth that the republicon base is energized this year like no year before.

    Clayton's win does not bode well for the Democrats in November. It does not bode well for LGBT people either.

    The election in November is less about who gets the White House and more about whether the republicons increase their House majority and gain majority control in the Senate, as well as increasing their hold on a majority of States' legislatures and governorships.

    A Congressional majority of republicons plus a States' majority of republicon-controlled legislatures means a rash of Constitutional amendments that will be unprecedented in U.S. history.

    Expect a DOMA Constitutional amendment.

    Expect a recriminalization of same-sex relationships Constitutional amendment.

    Expect an absolute ban on women's reproductive freedom Constitutional amendment.

    Expect a declaration that America Is A Christian Nation in a Constitutional amendment.

    In other words, the results will be disastrous, unless you're a republicon, teavangelical, right-wing extremist (redundancies, I know). It'll be your ultimate wing-nut wet-dream.

    This "win" by Mark Clayton means that the crazies can and will win.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid. And, have those passports at the ready.

    If you do not have one, I would suggest that you do get one.

    A passport may come in very handy in the first six months after November 6, 2012 should the election scenario described above come to pass.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 4, 2012 1:16:50 PM

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