Tennessee Democrats disavow gay-bashing Senate primary winner

Mark Clayton: A homophobe wins primary nomination

The Tennessee Democratic Party says it wants nothing to do with a gay-bashing candidate who won the party’s nomination for Senate in Thursday’s primary.

Mark Clayton beat out six other potential nominees for the right to face popular Republican Sen. Bob Corker.  His 48,000 vote total was more than double the second place finisher.

But Clayton is vice president of Public Advocate of the United States, an active anti-gay hate group and that is enough for the Democratic party to disavow him in the general election.

In a statement Friday, the party said it not allow Clayton to use any party resources and would not back him.

“The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself,” the state party said in a statement Friday.

In a statement posted on its web site Friday, Public Advocate said:

The liberal cry babies who whine about Mark Clayton’s total and complete democratic victory refuse to accept blame for their own failed polices that drove Mark Clayton to a crushing electoral victory.

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