That didn’t take long …
Days after S.C. Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) – long considered a likely GOP primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham – announced his intention to stay in the State Senate, another fiscal conservative is reportedly preparing to run against the “Republican in Name Only” in 2014.
Sources close to S.C. Sen. Lee Bright tell FITS the second-term Republican is “100 percent” running against Graham.
“He’s in,” one source said. “He’s running.”
This report isn’t surprising. Last July, Bright reportedly told several sources he believed it was “God’s will” for him to challenge Graham in a primary in 2014 – and at that point Davis was still in the race. With Davis not running, the door is now wide open for Bright to mount a bid.
This website has had plenty of issues with Bright in the past, but it’s hard to be critical of a guy whose voting record on behalf of taxpayers is virtually unblemished. Along with Davis and S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson), Bright is one of a handful of state lawmakers whose record matches his rhetoric when it comes to supporting pro-free market reforms and individual taxpayers.
And we can’t help but like that …
Meanwhile Graham is one of the most fiscally liberal, anti-free market “Republicans” in Washington, D.C. – as evidenced by his positions on numerous issues (most recently his support for tax hikes in conjunction with the “fiscal cliff” deal).
Still, beating Graham will prove exceedingly difficult. The second-term Senator has millions of dollars to spend on his 2014 reelection – and will likely receive millions more from special interests and national Republicans.
That’s a mountain of money devoted to maintaining the status quo (and defending Graham from some of the liberal positions he’s taken in the past).