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Richard Floyd Vs. Basil Marceaux in House District 27

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:
So how do you fend off an election challenge from a candidate like Basil Marceaux, whose last political venture and unconventional views on issues such as “gold fringe” flags and illegal police traffic stops left national comedians, radio talk shows and Internet bloggers marveling?
For state Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, who faces Marceaux in the Aug. 2 Republican primary for House District 27, the answer is very, very diplomatically.
“His positions, whether you agree or disagree, you can’t fault his enthusiasm in discussing his issues or promoting them,” said Floyd, who is seeking a third term. “I think we’re going to be all right in this race, especially the primary.”
But, Floyd quickly added, “you never take any opponent for granted.
…Now Marceaux’s back. But his campaign on Monday took yet another detour through Hamilton County Criminal Court, where Judge Rebecca Stern dismissed Marceaux’s efforts to block his trial for a January traffic violation. He contends his trial is unconstitutional.
Marceaux claims that, under the 1865 Freedmen’s Bureau Act, which was intended to help former slaves, his status as a former U.S. Marine gives him higher authority than a judge.
“I’m taking the opportunity to show that all of this is unlawful,” he said Monday after the hearing.
Marceaux has been slapped with numerous traffic violations in the past.
His last appearance before Stern in the current case, which involves charges for failing to maintain lanes and have proof of insurance, resulted in a 10-day jail stint for contempt after Marceaux told the judge that she was “out of order.” Marceaux also told her that, when he wins an election, the court “is going down.”
He said Monday that, besides his crusades over traffic stops, he wants to “fight for the veterans.”
He said he also intends to block the flying of Tennessee and American flags featuring “gold fringe,” arguing that the fringe means martial law has been declared and so it’s illegal.
Floyd, meanwhile, said he is focused on “economic expansion and jobs. That’s a top one for all of us.”

Basil Marceaux Goes to Jail

Tennessee state House candidate Basil Marceaux Sr. will spend the next 10 days at the Hamilton County workhouse facility after deriding a judge during a court appearance, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Marceaux was in Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern’s courtroom Monday on charges of failure to maintain lane and not having insurance, both of which were filed Jan. 6, according to court records.
While standing before Stern, Marceaux became disorderly, according to the court order.
“The defendant’s conduct included a verbal display of disagreement with the court’s ruling, telling the court that was ‘out of order’ and that when the defendant wins an election the court ‘is going down,'” Stern’s order states.
Stern sentenced Marceaux to 10 days of work at Hamilton County’s Silverdale Correctional Facility. He cannot bond out.
Marceaux — who has been on the ballot for governor, state senate and Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District in recent years — is currently running for the District 27 seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.