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S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) says Jesus told him to run against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.).

Impressive, huh? Unfortunately, he isn’t finding his fiscally conservative colleagues in the S.C. General Assembly quite so supportive. FITS spoke with several state lawmakers who told us they heard from Bright over the long Fourth of July weekend. According to these lawmakers, Bright is actively soliciting endorsements for his U.S. Senate race.

“He’s lining up support,” one lawmaker told us. “Or trying to.”

How’s that process going?

Not so well … in fact most lawmakers who are being solicited by Bright tell FITS they see Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace as the best conservative challenger to Graham in 2014. Which makes them not unlike Graham supporters …

We suspect Bright will land a “pity endorsement” or two, but the early momentum in the battle to emerge as the “anti-Graham” is not going well for him. Bright has made no bones about his interest in Graham’s seat, but unless he can nail down the limited government wing of his own party – that bid is over before it begins.

Meanwhile Mace – who previously led this website’s design and marketing efforts – is getting lots of positive buzz.

Personally we like Bright (well … let’s rephrase that: We like his voting record) and we have every confidence he would be a reliable pro-taxpayer vote in the U.S. Senate.

The only problem? We have every confidence Mace will also be a reliable pro-taxpayer vote in the U.S. Senate – and unlike Bright, she’s electable.

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Pic: Travis Bell Photography