SPARTANBURG — South Carolina Tea Party groups have drafted a resolution containing a 29-point case to replace Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with a Senator who is more conservative, Breitbart News has learned.
Local Tea Party leaders provided the document, a resolution that can be passed by local and state GOP committees, to Breitbart News. It argues that Graham’s activities in the U.S. Senate are a violation of the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party platform. Graham is up for reelection next year.
Items highlighted by Tea Partiers 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),” and “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.”
This is arguably the most comprehensive document ever compiled about Lindsey Graham. After each one of the above points, the local Tea Party leaders include a short paragraph and links to more information in news articles or videos on YouTube of Graham making certain statements.
“Whereas, as a result of these actions, 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,” they argue in the paragraphs after making all 29 of the above points. “Whereas these actions by Lindsey Graham, though they be no reflection on his personal character, are deserving of resolutions of disapproval and remedial action by the local and state organizations of the South Carolina Republican Party.”
The resolution then goes even further; it “condemns the actions taken above by Lindsey Graham as fundamentally inconsistent with the South Carolina Republican Party Platform” and argues that “as a result of the actions taken by Lindsey Graham he has lost the confidence of this body, which resolves that he should be replaced as Senator for the State of South Carolina at the earliest possible electoral opportunity.”
It calls for “properly qualified candidates” to vie for his spot in the U.S. Senate and notes that the resolution represents “no ill will” to Graham supporters or Graham himself, and that each group that passes it “extends its hand in friendship and warmly looks forward to his rejoining us as private citizens of the State of South Carolina.”
The resolution document has passed at least one county-level GOP executive committee, the Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Republican Party. The document, along with a story on the Chesterfield County GOP passing this anti-Graham resolution, was posted on BenSwann.com, a local conservative blogger’s website.