Oops. Mark Clayton, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, is affiliated with Public Advocate USA. Turns out they've been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. And now the Tennessee Democratic Party is urging its members to write in a candidate.
The Tennessee Democratic Party has disavowed its candidate for U.S. Senate, according to a statement released today.
"The only time that 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. 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 hate group in question is Public Advocate USA, and apparently Clayton is its vice president. The group has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Here's a list of the causes the group has "strong and vocal opposition" to, according to its website:
- Same sex marriage and the furtherance of so-called "Gay Rights";
- The National Endowment of the Arts or taxpayer supported art and the federal funding and endorsement of pornography and obscenity as legitimate forms of art from any agency;
- The mainstream media's promotion and glorification of drug abuse, teenage sex, gangs, atheism, homosexuality and other immoral behavior and beliefs;
- The passage of hate crimes and thought control legislation that creates inequality in our state and federal legal systems and singles out Christians or moral thinking people for persecution, fines, and harrassment by the government at any level;
- "Pro-choice" or abortion strengthening legislation that upholds or expands the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973;
- The creation of special classes of Americans at the expense of the traditional American family.