Well-known unconventional hopefuls running for Tennessee governor

This 2005 picture shows shows Basil Marceaux, a Republican candidate for governor of Tennessee. Marceaux said Thursday, July 29, he's pleased with the national attention he's been getting for his gubernatorial bid after he appeared on the newscast of a Nashville television station, even if the coverage has largely mocked the perennial candidate's appearance and positions. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's better-known Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates could face a quartet of nationally famous, unconventional hopefuls who've also filed petitions to run for the state's top office.

Basil Marceaux Sr., the perennial candidate from Soddy-Daisy who made the internet swoon in the 2010 governor's race over his concerns about the "gold finch flag" and a pledge to "immune you from all state crimes for the rest of you life!" is back this year as a Republican candidate.

And Mark E. Clayton, an anti-LGBT activist who in 2012 stunned Democrats by capturing their party's U.S. Senate nomination, is making a run for the party's gubernatorial nomination, according to a list of petitions on the Tennessee Secretary of State's website.