A Tennessee Democratic Party committeeman is in trouble after he reportedly spoke a little too candidly about problems within his organization.
This, according to Nashville Public Radio, which reported that party officials want that man, Charlie Clark, to resign his position. Clark reportedly represents Davidson County at the TNDP State Executive Committee, the station reported.
“I think some people would rather have TNDP and TNDP committees operate in secrecy,” Clark reportedly told WPLN Thursday.
“But, I think bringing things and information to the public is important for transparency and trust.”
Clark reportedly said the organization has a “lack of direction,” and he also said Chair Mary Mancini should step down because she has no strategic plan to move the party forward.
“But, in a certified letter sent to Clark, TNDP leaders claim Clark has ‘trashed’ the organization,” Nashville Public Radio reported.
As The Tennessee Star reported, Mancini won another two-year term as the party’s leader in January.
It was a landslide victory for Mancini over her only serious opponent, Holly McCall. Mancini received 48 votes from the members of the Democratic Party State Executive Committee, while McCall received just 19. A third candidate, M. LaTroy Alexandria-Williams of Memphis, finished a distant third place with two votes.
Another candidate, Christopher J. Hale of Murfreesboro, withdrew from the contest before the vote was taken.
During Mancini’s tenure, no Democratic candidate for statewide office has come close to winning. The party’s best chance to secure statewide office–former Gov. Phil Bredesen–was crushed in last November’s general election for the U.S. Senate by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Despite spending more than $7 million of his own money and receiving $12 million from a PAC affiliated with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Blackburn thumped Bredesen at the polls, winning by more than ten points.
In November 2016, President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 26 points.
Bredesen in 2018 and Clinton in 2016 performed abysmally statewide, each winning just three of the state’s 95 counties.
Under Mancini’s leadership, Tennessee Democrats have been unable to improve upon the lopsided Republican majorities in both the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee State Senate.
The last time Democrats came close in a Tennessee gubernatorial election was in 2006 when Phil Bredesen was elected to a second term as governor.
As The Star reported in March, Mancini got caught saying Tennessee is a racist state.
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