Larry Crim, fourth place finisher in the Aug. 2 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, indicates in a news release that he’s dropping legal action to void the apparent victory of Mark Clayton, who has since been disavowed by the state Democratic party.
This comes after U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp of Nashville effectively threw the lawsuit out — though telling Crim’s lawyer he could come back and try again.
Instead of litigating, the release says Crim is launching a new organization — he will be chairman — called Democrats United For Tennessee. It’s purpose, says the release, will be uniting Democrats and “providing leadership for a new direction focused on emphasizing the importance of every race for public office and on the vetting, selection, nomination, and general election of Tennessee Democrats dedicated to being a public servant for all Tennesseans.”
The full release is below.
News release from Larry Crim campaign:
Larry Crim, the Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate who has fought to insure that voters have a choice amongst bonafide democratic candidates in the race for U.S. Senate 2012, has now turned his attention to “bringing democrats together for all Tennesseans” and “providing leadership for a new direction focused on emphasizing the importance of every race for public office and on the vetting, selection, nomination, and general election of Tennessee Democrats dedicated to being a public servant for all Tennesseans.”
Mr. Crim today announced – Democrats United FOR Tennessee – is about “Bringing Democrats Together For All Tennesseans”.
Larry Crim said: “Making a connection with ALL the people of Tennessee is vital to understanding and addressing the needs and primary interests of our fellow Tennesseans.” Crim said one thing he’s discovered through his travels across Tennessee is that “Tennesseans are, themselves, interested in learning about candidates seeking to provide new leadership in Washington D.C.because they do not sense that they have a voice in the U.S. Senate through the current republicans Corker and Alexander. ”
CRIM CANCELS FEDERAL SUIT TO PERFORM LEADERSHIP ROLE
At the Federal Court House in Nashville today Larry Crim canceled his suit over the Tennessee Democratic Party (TNDP) permitting Mark Clayton, now disavowed by the TNDP, to be placed on the democratic ballot in the first place, and said he “will be involved with improving the direction and leadership of the party to focus attention on the importance of all races for elected offices in Tennessee, including the United States Senate, and the value of assuring that democratic candidates seeking that office are bona fide democrats at some minimum level determined by voting record and/or advocacy of key tenets of what it means to be a Tennessee Democrat.”
Clayton become the putative democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Tennessee only to be disavowed by the TNDP after the election for “not having bona fide democratic credentials, being an officer of a known hate group, and only winning because his name was at top of the ballot” in a low profile primary election.
Crim said that “one of the key roles of the democratic party in Tennessee is to asure voters, well in advance of elections, that the candidates whom the party has approved to appear on their ballot are, at some minimum level by their voting record or by the majority of their positions on issues of importance to Tennesseans, a real or legitimate Tennessee Democrat”.
For Democrats to be United For Tennessee “it is crucial for our party to emphasize the importance of all races for public office in Tennessee even where we have an uphill battle, because when we fail to place priority on any race we devalue that election to such an extent that there is a careless disregard for what happens in the race at any point, either in the vetting, selection, nomination, or general election.” Crim said he “it was obvious during his race that the democratic party current leadership had written off the race for U.S. Senate in 2012 to such an extent that there was a complete lack of concern with delivering a candidate or a message who represents the views, interests, and basic needs of Tennesseans.”
Mr. Crim stated in forming “Democrats United For Tennessee” that “Tennesseans want our party and the democratic candidates to reach out to all the people in Great State of Tennessee.” Crim stated that, as he has traveled across Tennessee as a statewide candidate for United States Senate, he “has noticed the need for democrats to work together and to address the prevalent needs of Tennesseans”.
Mr. Crim announced the theme of Democrats United For Tennessee as “Bringing Democrats Together For All Tennesseans”.
“In our Democratic Party” Crim continued “we need to have a discussion about why it is important to bring people together”. It cannot be just “unity for unity’s sake” Crim said. “What are we getting united for?” asked Crim rhetorically. “So that we can combine our efforts to direct our attention to discovering and addressing the needs and primary interests of the people of Tennessee.” Crim says the democratic party in Tennessee must “focus less on promoting pre-set agendas” and “pay attention, instead, to making a connection with the people of Tennessee. The people of Tennessee and their needs are our priority. Tennesseans and their concerns are our agenda” Crim continued. “Making a Connection means Going in a Tennessee Direction” Crim concluded.
For further information on the Democrats United FOR Tennessee go to facebook at the following address: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DemsUnitedTN
The Chairman of the organization, Larry Crim, encourages you to visit, “like”, and “share” the above facebook page with your friends and fellow Tennesseans. All elected democrats serving in any representative capacity in Tennessee, including but not limited to those serving on the State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Democratic Party, all county party officials across Tennessee, state representatives, state senators, council members, mayors, county executives, those serving or seeking any elected office, party activists, and all Tennesseans interested in serving the interests of all Tennesseans and electing democrats dedicated to being a public servant to serve the interests of Tennesseans are encouraged to join this effort.