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(Washington Post)   Meet Mark Clayton (D-esperate) of Tennessee, "the worst U.S. Senate candidate in America," who has 382 facebook 'likes', $278 in his campaign treasury, and 1 yard sign (that isn't even in a yard)   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2012-10-23 06:51:17 PM  
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Basically the guy is a republican troll that seen the Dems didn't have a serious candidate they put money behind in their primary and knew he wasn't gonna beat the republican incumbent in the republican primary so he signed up in the democrat primary

Anyways if you are a dem and don't want to vote for the republican or the fake dem there are candidates from most of the 3rd parties in this race, so you could always vote for like the green or socialist or natural law or communist party candidate
2012-10-23 05:42:42 PM  
1 vote:
Just checked the polling and fundamentals on this race, and according to 538 and other sources, its not going to be that huge of a blowout. Current projection is R 58.9% - D 38.8%.

Any time you have a race that is closer than 60-40, an attractive candidate with some money and ground game could make the race competitive. Not sure why Dems gave it a pass, with so much at stake.
2012-10-23 04:13:45 PM  
1 vote:
Tennessee Democrats, who'd watched their conservative voters drift to the GOP, finally lost the state House in 2010. That had been a financial lifeline for Democrats, since the legislature has broad powers over patronage.

"That pretty much was the end," said Cheek, the executive committee member. "Because we have nothing left. In the other low points, we had the Election Commission, we had the Building Commission. ... If you wanted to get state deposits into your bank, those were all ours. And that's where you'd raise your money."

...and this is why spoils systems are a very, very bad idea.
2012-10-23 01:41:56 PM  
1 vote:

Xai: because the quality of a candidates policies is apparently determined by the size of their campaign fund in the US.

Yay democracy!

I think you miss the point. It's that the quality of a candidate's policies determines the size of their campaign funds. This is a country that raised almost $20,000 to buy the Vice President a Trans-Am for the lulz. A kid loses his turtle, and people paypal him several thousand to get a new turtle AND a habitat.

Yet this part-time flooring worker is so out of touch with EVERYONE that he's only been able to raise $278. That's the point.
2012-10-23 12:19:29 PM  
1 vote:
isn't this the fringe-right john bircher who's running as a democrat but who has been disowned by the national party?
2012-10-23 10:42:27 AM  
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FTA: In Tennessee, Clayton's policy ideas set him apart from many other Democrats: He is unusual in opposing abortion rights and same-sex marriage, but he's downright exceptional in saying that the Transportation Security Administration "mandates [transsexuals] and homosexuals grabbing children in their stranger-danger zones."

You would think with views like these he would be a natural for Tennessee. He should switch parties, run for the State House and work his way up as a Republican, the folks would love him.
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