Orangeburg attorney and Afghan War veteran Bill Connor is mulling a U.S. Senate bid against incumbent Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.), supporters of the former statewide candidate tell FITS.
Connor confirmed his interest to FITS but declined to elaborate or provide us with a statement.
“Be aware I am on active duty military orders outside the state and therefore cannot talk politics until I return,” he told us via text message.
Should he run, Connor would find a crowded field vying to emerge as the “anti-Graham” in the 2014 GOP primary. Currently three candidates – Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace, S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) and social conservative Richard Cash – have said they are going to run against Graham. Former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has also hinted at a possible challenge.
Connor ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of South Carolina in 2010 – losing in the GOP runoff election to corrupt “Republican in Name Only” Ken Ard. More recently, he ran unsuccessfully for chairman of the S.C. Republican Party.
While Connor isn’t viewed as a top tier challenger to Graham, if he jumps into the fray it could be especially problematic for the liberal “Republican.”
Why? Because Connor is perfectly suited to attack Graham on perhaps his most glaring vulnerability – the lies he told about his military service during the early stages of his political career.