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Disavowed Candidate Clayton Challenges Democratic Party

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Days after the state's Democratic Party disavowed him US Senate Candidate Mark Clayton continues to speak out.

Clayton held a press conference Tuesday outside the Historic Metro Courthouse in Nashville. He said that he does not belong to a hate group, that the group, Public Advocate of the United States, is a group of love. The Southern Poverty Law has previously identified the group as an anti-gay hate group.

His affiliation with it is one of the reasons the state Democratic party told its supporters not to vote for Clayton, the day after he won the nomination in last Thursday's primary. Some have also labeled him as a conspiracy theorist. Clayton disputes the allegation that he's not a democrat, and says he'll push on with his campaign, whether he has the support of the Democratic Party or not.

The Democratic Party released this statement in response to Clayton's press conference. 

"We are committed to reforms that make candidate vetting more proactive and more transparent so that we can prevent candidates who are not Democrats from ever getting on the Democratic ballot in the future," said TNDP Executive Committee member Jim Bilbo

"We have already begun our review of the process that failed us this year and nearly failed us in the past, and we pledge to fix it," Bilbo said. "We owe it to Democratic supporters, candidates and volunteers to enact reforms so that extreme candidates who don't represent our core Democratic, middle class values may never take advantage of our open elections again." 

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