REPUBLICAN RALLY TAKES BIZARRE TURN …
One of the six Republican candidates challenging liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) in the 2014 GOP primary this spring sparked a firestorm this week when he referred to the two-term incumbent as “ambiguously gay.”
Dave Feliciano – a former police officer from Spartanburg, S.C. – made the remarks at a rally of Graham opponents on the steps of the S.C. State House.
“It’s about time that South Carolina (says) hey, We’re tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina,” Feliciano said. “We’re ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party. We’re done with this. This is what it’s about, all of us coming together and saying, one way or the other, one of us is going to be on that ballot in November.”
Feliciano was joined at the event by fellow Graham challengers Lee Bright, Richard Cash and Bill Connor – all of whom are die-hard social conservatives. The four candidates were gathered to sign a pledge of mutual support in the event one of them makes it to a runoff election against Graham.
Two other Graham opponents – Charleston, S.C. businesswoman Nancy Mace and Columbia, S.C. pastor Det Bowers – did not attend the rally.
Feliciano’s remarks drew a swift rebuke from Thomas Ravenel – a former statewide official who is mulling a third party challenge to Graham in November.
“There is no place for this sort of juvenile homophobia in a United States Senate race – and the Republican Party should be ashamed of itself for fostering such hateful, narrow-minded views,” Ravenel said in a statement.
Of course while he defended Graham from attack on the one hand, Ravenel also noted that the incumbent deserved criticism for “banning openly gay soldiers from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.”
“This discriminatory policy resulted in the discharge of roughly 114,000 servicemen and women from 1940-2011 – and many of these veterans are still waiting for their rights to be restored,” Ravenel said.
Despite considerable speculation to the contrary, Graham – who has never been married – has publicly affirmed his heterosexuality.
“I know it’s really gonna upset a lot of gay men – I’m sure hundreds of ’em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge – but I ain’t available,” he told The New York Times Magazine in 2010. “I ain’t gay. Sorry.”
We’ve made a few jokes at Graham’s expense ourselves, but at the end of the day his sexual orientation has always been irrelevant to us.
“We’re much more concerned with Graham’s record of selling out the taxpayers – and the secret support he has received by some of the nation’s most left-leaning special interests as a result of it,” we wrote a few years back.
We still feel that way …
In fact Graham has veered even more wildly to the left in recent years … becoming even more hypocritical.