Democrats Disavow Tennessee Senate Nominee Because He’s Pro-Life

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2012   |   3:57PM   |   Nashville, TN

The state Democratic Party in Tennessee is unhappy that Mark Clayton, an Army veteran and insurance agent, won the nomination to represent Democrats in the November election for the United States Senate.

Because Clayton is a conservative Democrat who is pro-life, the Tennessee Democratic Party released a statement saying they do not support him and claiming he is associated with a “hate group” because he is a part of a pro-life group.

“The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself,” the Tennessee Democratic Party said. “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.

“Mark Clayton is associated with a known hate group in Washington, D.C., and 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,” the party added.

Clayton isn’t associated with a hate group but is involved with a pro-life group called Public Advocate that also opposes same-sex marriage.

“If Public Advocate is a hate group, then the state of Tennessee is a hate group, because it’s in our constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Clayton said in an interview.



LifeNews spoke with Brian Harris, the president of Tennessee Right to Life.

“Tennessee is a pro-life state and it’s an encouragement to know that both major party candidates share a respect for human life,”  Harris said. “We should continue our efforts to identify and organize pro-life advocates in both parties in order to speed the day when the unborn and infirm are guaranteed the fundamental right to life.”