SC Republicans Issue Another Formal Rebuke of Lindsey Graham

On Monday evening, the Fairfield County GOP in South Carolina formally censured Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for his activities in the U.S. Senate. The official GOP body in the state passed its own version of a 29-point resolution shredding Graham’s record in Washington as “in contravention of” principles of the Republican Party as contained in the South Carolina GOP platform.

“While entrusted with the office of Senator by the voters of South Carolina, Lindsey Graham has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party,” the resolution reads in part, before delving into a devastating breakdown of Graham’s record in the U.S. Senate.

Items highlighted in the resolution include: 

  • Graham’s support of providing weapons to “Al Quaeda / Muslim Brotherhood Revolutionaries in Syria” 
  • How Graham “[s]upported amnesty but not border control” 
  • How he supported “NSA spying on private American citizens” 
  • “abridging the First Amendment for those who criticize the government” 
  • “restrictions on the Second Amendment” 
  • “Obama's drone program against American citizens” 
  • “subordinating American sovereignty to the United Nations” 
  • “giving foreign aid to terrorist governments in the Middle East” 
  • “granting members of the Muslim Brotherhood high level positions in the US government” 
  • “giving taxpayer money to international organizations” 
  • “giving taxpayer money for excessive foreign aid generally, not just to terrorist governments in the Middle East” 
  • “restricting the First Amendment rights to criticize Islamic radicalism” 
  • “Obama's radical appointments to the Supreme Court” 
  • “liberal proposal to nationalize banks” 
  • “Obama's energy taxes and Cap and Trade” 
  • “bailouts for financial institutions (TARP)” 
  • “bailouts for independent mortgage institutions (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)”

Other points include how Graham opposed: “principled application of free trade policies”; “making Bush tax cuts permanent”; “President Bush's conservative nominee from South Carolina to the Court of Appeals”; and “medical malpractice tort reform.” 

The Tea Partiers also rip Graham for: siding “with Democrats on government regulation to combat ‘climate change’”; having “[p]raised Hillary Clinton’s prospects for higher office”; having “[f]ailed to fight for President Bush's conservative judicial nominees generally”; and for criticizing “the South Carolina GOP for defending the Republican platform.”

The body argues that as a result of these actions by Graham, “Lindsey Graham has lost the confidence of this body in his ability to serve as Senator representing the People of South Carolina in a manner consistent with the platform of the Republican Party.”

The resolution calls for other official GOP bodies in South Carolina to take up the resolution, or a similar one, to also rebuke Graham as inconsistent with Republican Party beliefs, and for “properly qualified Republican candidates” to “present themselves for nomination at the next election to the seat of Senator for South Carolina currently held by Lindsey Graham.”

This is at least the second official GOP body in South Carolina to formally rebuke Graham as he faces at least three primary challengers heading into 2014, his reelection year. The Chesterfield County GOP passed a similar resolution several weeks ago. The group said in its press release publicly announcing the resolution’s passage that it knows “that a significant number of members of the South Carolina Republican Party across the state feel the same way, and we expect to see more actions, like we have taken, to continue at future county meetings.”

In that press release, Fairfield County GOP chairman Kevin S. Thomas drew a stark contrast between Graham and former Sen. Jim DeMint, who left the U.S. Senate to serve as the president of the Heritage Foundation. “The Fairfield County Republican Party believes in traditional conservative Republican principles and we expect those who are elected as Republicans to vote like Republicans, not Democrats, and on these 29 issues Senator Graham voted with the Democrats," Thomas said. “We find his views and votes on these 29 issues to be unacceptable and as the Republican Primary approaches we are looking for a more conservative candidate to represent us in the United State Senate, someone who votes more like former Senator Jim DeMint than current Senator Lindsey Graham.”

One of the Tea Party candidates who is challenging Graham, State Sen. Lee Bright, spoke at the Fairfield County GOP on Monday evening. Graham has two other challengers at this time: businesswoman Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of The Citadel; and Richard Cash, a former congressional candidate and pro-life activist.


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