Tennessee Democrat seeking senate seat called ‘America’s worst candidate’
WHITES CREEK, Tenn. — His lone campaign sign is sitting in the back of his truck. His only campaign fundraiser netted a grand total of $278.
As if Mark Clayton didn’t have enough worries with two weeks until Election Day, the Washington Post just wrote this about Tennessee’s legitimate Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate: “This may be America’s worst candidate.”
So what is Clayton’s response to the criticism of his bare bones campaign?
“Jesus did not have a campaign staff. And he had the most successful campaign in human history. He didn’t even have pictures or a Web site.”
Clayton, who is running against incumbent Sen. Bob Corker (R) and his $14 million of campaign financing, has many stances that set him apart from most Democrats, including his stances against abortion and same-sex marriage.
Seemingly believing those stances weren’t enough to set him apart, Clayton also took to his Facebook page to express his belief that the Transportation Safety Administration employs a vast contingent of non-straight employees who are “mandated” to “grab children in their stranger-danger zones in the name of airport security.”
In winning the Democratic Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012, Clayton apparently learned from a failed bid for Party’s nomination in 2008. Four years earlier, the Post said Clayton was declaring that the U.S. government could be replaced by a “North American Union” and that Google was conspiring with the Chinese government to foil his campaign.
In gaining the nomination, Clayton bested a candidate that was personally recruited by Tennessee’s Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester. That candidate was 55-year-old-actress Park Overall, who said she agreed to run when Forrester “caught her drinking one night.”
Overall’s campaign fell short after she refused to donate more than $100 of her own money to finance it. She told the Post that Democrats could hardly blame her for a lack of enthusiasm, considering one of the Party’s only advisement efforts was loaning her the book “Deer Hunting With Jesus.”
This, she said, was supposed to help her gain knowledge about reaching out to religious voters.
The Post claims that this 2012 race represents a dark time for Tennessee’s Democratic Party, which just six years ago dubbed Harold Ford Jr. as its candidate for U.S. Senate.
Ford, the son of a congressman and a former congressman himself, fell three percentage points short of becoming the first black man elected to the Senate from the South since Reconstruction.