Mark Clayton is a colorful politician. According to Mother Jones, he's certain a four football field large highway is being constructed, by the federal government, from Mexico City to Toronto. This imagined roadway is the start of the North American Union, and the official end of the US.
Clayton also is vice president of the Public Advocate of the United States. That organization wants to ban gay marriage with a constitutional amendment, and is certain the Boys Scouts are under assault from the 'gay agenda.'
On Thursday, 2 August, Clayton won the Democratic primary in Tennessee. In the fall he will face Senator Bob Corker in the general election.
The state Democratic Party quickly distanced itself from its nominee.
'The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself,' the party said in a news release, as reported by The Tennessean. '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.'
The nominee dismissed the statement from his party, calling it 'zero-sum politics.'
'It’s not necessarily surprising, unfortunately,' Clayton said in a phone interview with The Tennessean. 'But that’s not the way I deal with my political opponents. I have good friends who are liberals.'
This is Clayton's second run at the Democratic nomination. He failed in 2008.