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Tennessee Democrats disavow own Senate candidate, citing hate group ties
AP via FoxNews ^ | 8/3/12

Posted on 08/03/2012 4:43:02 PM PDT by SmithL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the winner of the party's nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Bob Corker in November, saying the little-known candidate belongs to an anti-gay hate group.

The winner of the seven-candidate Democratic primary, 35-year-old Mark Clayton, reported raising no money and campaigned little but received more than 48,000 votes. . . .

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: antigay; bluedogvoters; bobcorker; clayton; hategroup; markclayton; publicadvocate; rats; splc; tennessee; ussenate
The Rats have given up on the Volunteer State's Senate campaign.
1 posted on 08/03/2012 4:43:16 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Good! We need as many seats in the Senate as possible!


2 posted on 08/03/2012 4:45:31 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: SmithL

How can any DemocRAT NOT be associated with a “hate group”. That’s what the DemocRAT party is! Geeesh.


3 posted on 08/03/2012 4:46:11 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: SmithL

Complete disarray. No one understands anyone anymore. Tower of Babel.


4 posted on 08/03/2012 4:47:10 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: SmithL
That's the way to do it ~ should you end up, even by accident, with a candidate who does not represent to some degree every part of your party coalition, YOU DUMP HIM.

Running a doufous who has a real draw of less than 8% of the Republican coalition is elementally stupid.

No wonder the Democrats keep figuring out how to stay in the government.

5 posted on 08/03/2012 4:47:59 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Erik Latranyi

The good news is that there won’t be a high-visibility candidate like Ford with a family machine built to steal elections.

The bad news is that we will still have Bob Corker.


6 posted on 08/03/2012 4:51:59 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

This seat wasn’t going to be competitive anyway. It’s easy to disavow someone who has no hope of winning.


7 posted on 08/03/2012 4:54:57 PM PDT by Random_User_250
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To: SmithL
The winner of the seven-candidate Democratic primary, 35-year-old Mark Clayton, reported raising no money and campaigned little but received more than 48,000 votes. . .

Poster boy for Dem voter fraud? Probably easy when you know how!!

8 posted on 08/03/2012 4:58:19 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: SmithL

The race for control of the Senate is going better than I could have ever hoped.


9 posted on 08/03/2012 5:07:34 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SmithL.
The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the winner of the party's nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Bob Corker in November, saying the little-known candidate belongs to an anti-gay hate group. The winner of the seven-candidate Democratic primary, 35-year-old Mark Clayton, reported raising no money and campaigned little but received more than 48,000 votes...

10 posted on 08/03/2012 5:11:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Random_User_250
This seat wasn’t going to be competitive anyway. It’s easy to disavow someone who has no hope of winning.
Yeah, maybe, but I doubt that they would have been willing to disavow Park Overall if she had won.
11 posted on 08/03/2012 5:14:26 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

I wonder if this Democrat is actually a “stealth Republican conservative”?

Corker probably has the Republican establishment all tied up, so they would block any serious primary challenger. But if somebody runs as a Democrat, and is able to convince the Tea Party that he is doing so just to beat Corker, I wonder if they would bite?

That is, if the party gives them choice but to vote for Corker, this might be an “end around” to take him out, by giving the Tea Party somebody else to vote for.


12 posted on 08/03/2012 5:20:31 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: SmithL

Yes sir, another stunning display of Democrat tolerance.


13 posted on 08/03/2012 5:23:40 PM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: SmithL

How did a red state like TN end up with two RINOs like Corker and the other clown? Makes no sense. RINOs like Brown in Massachusetts are fine, but red states should have hardcore conservatives.


14 posted on 08/03/2012 5:42:19 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: nhwingut

Same as in GA. Every state office is held by a Republican, and yet we have two RINO Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.


15 posted on 08/03/2012 6:00:34 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: Erik Latranyi

Yes, but now in Tennessee we might have a valid protest vote.


16 posted on 08/03/2012 6:02:04 PM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: nhwingut

In the primaries, the state GOP always pushes for two or more Conservatives and one Moderate. The vote in the primary is split just enough to insure that we end up with Moderate winners. If they slip up and the Conservative wins the primary, the GOP-E pushes people to vote for the Dim. It ought to sound familiar. We just went through similar nationally.


17 posted on 08/03/2012 6:06:32 PM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: SmithL
The real story here is not that a kook won the Dem primary, but that no Democrat with any significant qualifications or experience entered the race. So, rather remarkably, Senator Corker gets a free ride.

There was a similar story in South Carolina in 2010, where the Dems failed to put up a credible candidate to run against the incumbent Senator DeMint.

How fast things change. In several Southern states, the Democratic Party, until recently the unchallenged majority party especially at state levels, has catastrophically imploded. At the Presidential level, Republicans have been winning Southern states for a few decades. They started winning Senate and Gubernatorial races in significant numbers in the 1970s and later. But to have the Democrats fail to even put up a fight in Senate races is amazing. And now, the Democratic wall is rapidly falling even at State Legislative levels, including in my home state of NC, where the GOP took both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction, and by a comfortable margin, now secured via redistricting.

Senator Corker isn't consistently conservative enough for my tastes, but he's no New England-style RINO; he'll do until someone better comes along. And someone will, maybe in 2018.

18 posted on 08/03/2012 6:32:47 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: SmithL

Clayton is vice president of the Falls Church, Va.-based Public Advocate of the United States, which calls itself a conservative advocacy group. The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the organization an anti-gay hate group.

Clayton did not immediately return messages. Public Advocate says on its website that it “offers strong and vocal opposition to,” among other things, “same-sex marriage and the furtherance of so-called gay rights

MAYBE A good Democrat worth voting for?

Isn’t Corker a RINO?

So maybe this isn’t so bad for Conservatives afterall?


19 posted on 08/03/2012 6:56:36 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: SmithL

Conservatives~have given up on getting a non-RINO from Tennessee too.!!


20 posted on 08/03/2012 7:13:38 PM PDT by jch10 (Fail to the Chief!)
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To: SmithL
The bad news is that we will still have Bob Corker.

In two years Alexander has to go. None of the Corker challengers made any kind of impression.

I worked the election in a precinct that is 2 to 1 Republican. In the presidential primary, in March, 22 Bolshecrats showed up out of 600, 20 voted DumBO and 2 uncommitted. In this election, 42 Bolshies showed up out of 400.

21 posted on 08/03/2012 7:46:16 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: Ingtar; Impy; BillyBoy; GailA; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza; Skulllspitter; AuH2ORepublican; ...

This will be the second time since 1998 that (in TN) the Dem nominee was more Conservative than the GOP incumbent candidate. The prior time was John Jay Hooker against the odious RINO Scumquist for Governor. I voted for Hooker. The Dems disavowed Hooker in that race, too. What is astonishing is that if these idiots got behind their rare Conservative nominees, they’d start winning races again. People in TN want “Conservative” and “More Conservative”, not “RINO squish” and “Ultra-left moonbat” (if Park Overall won the nod). This is why the Dems could end up with just 17 out of 99 House seats in November (if Stacey Campfield’s prediction comes true). That’s an even lower % of seats that the GOP holds in the MA House, which is astonishing.


22 posted on 08/03/2012 7:59:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: SmithL

I remember when the Dems disowned the winner of the Harris County (Houston, TX) Party Chairman. The winner was a convicted felon that had both her name and gender changed while stealing the surname of his/her gay lover because it was Hispanic so he/she could campaign as a minority.

I argued the Party Chair should not have been ostracized. He/she was, in fact, the ultimate amalgam of all the Democrat Party’s various constituencies.


23 posted on 08/03/2012 8:18:00 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: jch10

Yeah, but it’s a LOT better than California.


24 posted on 08/03/2012 8:23:57 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
It sounds like they need to form some sort of citizen's grass-root coalition based on their founding principals in order to promote politicians more in step with their beliefs.

What ever would they call such a group?

25 posted on 08/03/2012 8:35:03 PM PDT by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council; 'Frog - The other green meat')
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To: nhwingut

The same way Texas did. Thankfully, we changed that with Cruz.


26 posted on 08/03/2012 9:26:31 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: JSDude1; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; SmithL; nhwingut; southernnorthcarolina; ...
Thursday primary? Weird. Who did you vote for DJ?

JSDude1: MAYBE A good Democrat worth voting for?

There is no such thing, we are well past the point of entertaining supporting anyone who runs for Congress as a democrap in a general election. But anyway he's a kook who's website (currently crashed from too many people trying to look at it) touts his belief in conspiracy theories about NAFTA being a plot to merge the US with Canada and Mexico or some such crap.

As for Corker, he's a typical establishment Republican, far from the worst R in the Senate (he does NOT compare to Scott Brown to the person that said that, I don't like him but please get some perspective). Of the 2 in the state Alexander is worse and I hope he faces a tea party challenge in the next primary. But even he I would support over some random kook running as a D just cause he's a member of some small conservative group no one has ever heard of.

I'd say this guy did us a favor by winning but it truly doesn't matter in this instance. Park Overall? Some washed up sitcom actress from the 80's? LOL the TN rats have nothing. Clayton (who won cause he was first in the ballot order meaning the multitude of lazy fools who knew nothing about any of the candidates were more likely to vote for him) is the only guy who even got more votes that the nobody top challanger to Corker got in the GOP primary! The only thing this really changes is Corker's victory margin. Maybe he'll get 80% instead of 70%. Opportunity for the Green party to fight Clayton for second place.

It is nice to see them so embarrassed though. It is not that hard to round up a suitable sacrificial lamb and make sure they win the primary (well it is for South Carolina rats apparently hahahahahaha). Pathetic!!! :D

Good news in CD 3, Fleischmann fended off Wamp Jr.

27 posted on 08/04/2012 12:56:07 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: GoldenPup

The majority of voters obviously knew nothing about any of the rat candidates. He was listed first on the ballot, studies show that’s a big edge in race between several nobodies. LOL.


28 posted on 08/04/2012 12:57:59 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: JSDude1

SPLC is behind the attacks on Chick-fil-A as well. They’ve deemed the groups CFA donates to to be “hate groups” which is why it’s being targeted.


29 posted on 08/04/2012 1:18:25 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: SmithL

LOL....yes, it is!


30 posted on 08/04/2012 6:12:10 AM PDT by jch10 (Fail to the Chief!)
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To: Impy
"Thursday primary? Weird. Who did you vote for DJ?"

I didn't bother requesting an absentee ballot, since there was no particular race I felt like I'd have an impact in (the local races are one-party Dem jokes). Although given how close the race for the 5th CD nomination was, where my preferred candidate won by just two dozen votes at last count, perhaps that was ill-advised on my part !

31 posted on 08/04/2012 9:52:58 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Impy; Ingtar; GailA; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza; Skulllspitter; JSDude1; fieldmarshaldj; ...
I agree, the really story here isn't that some joke won the RAT primary and embarrasses them in November, it's the fact that NO Democrat with any significant qualifications or experience entered the race. The primary was a crowded hissy hit of Joe Smole's that the state party took no interest in.

I think TN has become sort of Illinois in reverse over the last decade. Both used to be competitive two-party states (TN became winnable for the GOP in the 1920s and stood apart from the other "solid south" RAT states), but following Al Gore's embarrassing loss in 2000, the TN RAT party has really imploded and become a shadow of its former self. They had the Governorship from 2003-2010 only because RINO turd Sundquist poisoned the well for any Republican to succeed him, but the Dems lost that during the 2010 sweeps. They've failed over the last decade to win any other major office in the state, and seem to have simply stopped trying after 2008 or so. The last time was when they blew their wad with idealistic southern RAT candidate Harold Ford Jr. (folksy, uniter, black dude who appeals to whites.... this guy was the media's Barack Obama before they discovered Barack Obama!) and he lost to a sub-par GOP candidate.

Now the TN RAT party has become an non-threat at the statewide level and both they and the TN GOP know it. Of course they still have pockets in the state where Dems are successful and in power (urban areas like Memphis), but it's now a one-party GOP state at the statewide level. Even if there was another RAT presidential candidate in the future who was "competitive" in the south (Bill Clinton type moderate southern RAT), they probably wouldn't waste any resources in the formerly competitive states of TN and WV. Both have moved sharply into the GOP column in only 12 years.

Illinois is the reverse, if the state party does get involved and waste time and money putting up a sacrificial lamb, it serves no purpose. Look at what happened in 2008 when the state party laughably insisted that unknown clueless doofus Steve Sauerberg was the "only credible candidate" against Durbin, and used heavy handed tactics to make SURE he won the primary. The guy did worse than Alan Keyes in November! (of course, with the combine in Illinois, many would say that was the point and a bunch of GOP insiders struck a deal with Durbin to give him an "opponent" he could safely ignore)

I'm not sure if I buy that the RAT candidate is actually the "more conservative" choice in November, as others have noted, Corker isn't on the level of an Olympia Snowe or Mark Kirk style RINO, he's just a worthless squish. You do occasionally see flukes where the RAT candidate is more conservative though, I've seen two times where it happened in Illinois. 1998, with southern IL RAT Glenn Poshard vs. uber-RINO George Ryan (even we didn't know how bad Ryan would turn out to be back then though), and I think Judy Biggert had a more conservative RAT opponent (pro-life and pro-gun) a few election cycles back.

32 posted on 08/04/2012 10:45:59 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy

Was Biggert’s Democrat opponent from a few cycles ago really more conservative than her? (Biggert is pro-abortion, but she’s pro-gun, and isn’t bad on economic issues.) I find it hard to believe that a conservative could win a Democrat primary in the close-in Chicago suburbs.


33 posted on 08/04/2012 2:22:26 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: BillyBoy

Was Biggert’s Democrat opponent from a few cycles ago really more conservative than her? (Biggert is pro-abortion, but she’s pro-gun, and isn’t bad on economic issues.) I find it hard to believe that a conservative could win a Democrat primary in the close-in Chicago suburbs.


34 posted on 08/04/2012 2:23:34 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

I don’t know which recent Biggert opponent Billy means as I know nothing about any of them but social conservative “Lipinksi” democrats still support the Stalinist economic program so I wouldn’t say he was “more conservative than Biggert”.

I also retroactively and reluctantly “support” Poshard for Governor in ‘98 but a rat for Congress, never.


35 posted on 08/05/2012 8:26:18 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

I’m loathe to think of a Senate race in recent decades were the rat was actually for real more conservative than the Republican. Certainly not that Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul douche that ran against Gramnesty, certainly not this kook in TN.

I guess Liarman was an iota or 2 to the right of then arch-RINO Lowell Weicker in 1988. Buckley backed Liarman I think. I wouldn’t have voted for either of them.


36 posted on 08/05/2012 8:33:29 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It’s free right?

I would always vote, if only to register my opinion. Corker wasn’t in danger but with no democrats I’d have thrown a vote to a primary opponent if there was one that wasn’t a joke.


37 posted on 08/05/2012 8:37:35 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

No, it’s not free. I only vote absentee because it’s too taxing for me to get out otherwise.


38 posted on 08/05/2012 8:55:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It’s not? You made the right call then. ;d

I would not have paid to vote in this years IL primary since Santorum didn’t even have delegates in my district and there was nothing much else on the ballot, Ward Committeeman between 2 unknown guys who didn’t even send me mailers like the last time.


39 posted on 08/05/2012 9:27:20 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: nhwingut

TN gave us Algore!


40 posted on 08/05/2012 9:41:00 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun

“This will be the second time since 1998 that (in TN) the Dem nominee was more Conservative than the GOP incumbent candidate.”

Good point. Once in a blue moon, there are cases where the ‘Rat candidate is the better choice. The 2000 race between Lincoln Chafee and a pro-life DemocRAT is one such example, and Lindsey Graham’s 2008 reelection over a Libertarian DemocRAT is another. Lowell Weicker vs. Joe Lieberman in 1988 is arguably another still. Perhaps this is also such a case, given that Lamar Alexander is such a mediocre Senator.


41 posted on 08/07/2012 5:12:34 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; randita

Wasn’t Bob Wegland to Chafee’s left on everything besides abortion? No way should anyone have voted FOR him with the rats (or ANYone with a D) threatening Senate takeover that year. Blank ballot.

And this guy in TN is a nutbag not a normal conservative, Corker is nowhere close to bad enough to even consider supporting some random kook with a D.

Not that it matters cause half of FR could endorse him and Corker would still win 75%.


42 posted on 08/07/2012 9:47:26 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

I endorsed Weygand over Chafee in 2000 and simply refused to endorse either in ‘06 (one reason being that I knew Chafee would eventually switch parties, which I was proven right over). He is absolutely vile and making his stripes as Governor, where he has gone full-blown moonbat (although he has competition from Malloy).

Democrats are whining here in TN how they should get a “do over” in the Senate race. Hard to take that seriously when Clayton won with twice as many votes as the second and third place finishers.


43 posted on 08/07/2012 10:02:05 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

I want a do over in Michigan 11. That’s some BS. If that happened in Conyers seat and only a White challenger was left on the primary ballot some judge would have reopened filing.

Thanks alot McCotter!!!!!!


44 posted on 08/07/2012 10:33:12 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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