Senate Winner May Get Tossed Out
(Memphis, TN) Call it what you want, but it’s a heck of a story. Mark Clayton worked at a Target, was telemarketer, and decided to run for U.S. Senate. He clinched the primary election and will represent the democrats this fall in Tennessee, or will he?
Some democrats are telling people not to vote for him. Clayton’s pro-life, pro-military, and against gay marriage. Plus, another candidate, Larry Crim, says Clayton doesn’t meet the requirements to run for office.
“He had not voted but in one primary election in the democratic primary preceding the election, and that was for himself in 2008.”, said Crim. “The party bylaws say you must have voted in at least three democratic primaries in order to be a bona fide democrat on the ballot.”
Crim wants a new election. He filed a lawsuit demanding it happen. Other democrats across Tennessee said they don’t know what to do with this race.
Local democratic party leaders, say while it may be unusual it’s well within the parties right to say we don’t support Clayton, even if he got the majority of votes.
“We have the right to challenge the bona fides of a candidate and think you’re not the best representative of our party,” said Van Turner, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair.