Recent Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Larry Crim is heading to federal court to demand a new Democratic primary following disavowed candidate Mark Clayton’s win earlier this month.
Crim filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday claiming the Tennessee Democratic Party and its chairman Chip Forrester failed to weed out Clayton’s candidacy before the race. Thus, he requests the court to void Clayton’s candidacy and hold a new primary.
The lawsuit claims Clayton didn’t vote in enough Democratic races, per party bylaws, to run for senate in August — a fact that wasn’t caught by the TNDP.
The suit also names the Tennessee Division of Elections.
Crim accuses Forrester and the TNDP of misleading voters by claiming the party had no democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. The lawsuit calls the TNDP action a “deceptive act designed to provide a ‘respectable appearing cloak’ for encouraging proper and improper candidates to qualify and appear on the democratic ballot.”
Crim also extends a hand to Forrester and the TNDP, asking them to go the “necessary one step further” to join with him in the injunction for a new primary.
TNDP spokesman Brandon Puttbrese called the lawsuit “frivolous” but said any further comment would be reserved for the court hearing.
The lawsuit asks for an emergency hearing on the motion to be set for Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in federal Judge Kevin Sharp’s courtroom.
Crim’s attorney Michael Rowan couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.