Sources: Lee Bright Will Run For US Senate

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…

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).


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? February 4, 2013 at 11:02 am

Graham is a practiced student of “The Prince”.

Further, he can run intellectual circles around Bright…as much as I’d like to see Graham bounced out on his well worn ass, I doubt that Bright is the guy to do it.

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

Lee “lightbulb factory” Bright is right behind that shirker Sanford in the non-credibility area.

The fucker ain’t hardly warmed up his SC senate chair and now wants to bail on the citizens in his SC Senate seat.

I’m glad he’s no longer our senator even if he did trade us off to part of Greenville County He threw us under the bus two years ago.

This PLAINLY demonstrates that Lee Bright is just in it for himself.

south mauldin February 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Well, he does need a steady income since that business venture didn’t do so well.

GrrrrNative February 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Traded to G’ville County and then gave you a hand-picked moron in his place

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm


Yep that’s what he did fer sure.

That dude (hell, I can’t even remember his name but he sure as hell ain’t been out to visit his new-found constituients in “Dark Corner” that’s fer sure…) who also received “devine consultation” is costing the citizens of Greenville county and the election board bucks to find someone to replace his ass as well since he moved over to the senate side.

Whore & pimps all…….

carrie February 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

Is he bright?

CNSYD February 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

“Davis (R-Beaufort) – long considered a likely GOP primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham”

Considered by who other then Sic Willie? Sanfraud perhaps?

Smirks February 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Howard Rich. Bright/Bryant/Davis are pretty much Howard Rich’s lapdogs.

I know the Howard Rich thing is a dead horse that gets beat on a daily basis, but it is pretty much the truth.

Bright, Lee (R, 12) – $17,000
123 Lasalle Inc – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/21/2012
188 Claremont LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 04/30/2012
332 E 11 LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/30/2012
470 West 166 LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/21/2012
51 First Avenue LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/30/2012
538-14 Realty LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/30/2012
Ashborough Investors LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/30/2012
Cobden LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/01/2012
Coolcal LLC Prof Corp – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/01/2012
Dokupil, Michael E – Houston, TX – $1,000 – 05/09/2012
Farago, Paul R – Ashville, NC – $1,000 – 05/01/2012
Mango LLC Prof Corp – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/30/2012
Silver & Silver Properties – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/01/2012
Spinksville II LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/21/2012
Spinksville III LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/01/2012
Stillrich LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/01/2012
West 14 & 18 LP – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/21/2012

Bryant, Kevin L (R, 03) – $8000
188 Claremont LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/14/2012
Cobden LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/14/2012
Coolcal LLC Prof Corp – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/14/2012
Dokupil, Michael & Susanna – Houston, TX – $1,000 – 05/28/2012
Farago, Paul R – Asheville, NC – $1,000 – 05/14/2012
Silver & Silver – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/14/2012
Spinksville LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 05/14/2012
Stilrich LLC – Philadelphia, PA – $1,000 – 03/26/2011

Davis, Tom (R, 46) – $1000
Stilrich LLC – $1,000 – 03/31/2011

One of the more hilarious things posted was Howie’s letter to Bryant congratulating him on being congratulated by SC Club for Growth, which is a branch of the overall Club for Growth he himself is the director of. That’s right, “I want to congratulate you on being indirectly congratulated by myself for doing all the shit I pay you to do.”

But the most egregious slip of the mask is this:

Really, Mick? We would commend to Mulvaney’s attention this exceptional column written by Howard Rich earlier this month

A good portion of FITS just seems to be paid cheerleading on Howard Rich’s behalf, and whether or not you agree with Howard Rich, his politics, or what he is doing to influence politics in a state he doesn’t even live in, it is undeniable that this site pushes not just beliefs similar to his, but his beliefs in pretty much their entirety, along with any other tool or means Rich uses to realize his beliefs.

Original Good Old Boy February 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Must be nice to have enough money to influence politics in a state you don’t live in.

Does Howard Rich pour money into the politics of other states he does not live in? Or is SC the only place he spends money from afar as part of his social and political hobby?

silvereagle February 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

Lee Bright is an idiot. He has NEVER voted against Nikki Haley in anything. During last years veto session – she voted to susstain Nikki Haley’s vetoes in EVERY case.

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

Lee “lightbulb factroy” Bright ain’t no idiot by a long shot but he is plainly in it for himself and himself only.

The question is, if he does run and loses to Lindsey, will he keep his SC senate seat???

RINO February 5, 2013 at 6:26 am

He also voted against every line of the budget including those areas that were of benefit to his constituents like the SC School for the Deaf and Blind.

silver February 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

Lee Bright is a Nikki Haley lap dog.

Thinker February 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

With Lee Bright’s prefiled bills, I find this discussion ignorant. He looks at nullification as a logical option, it isn’t. After further looking into bright he’s to far right for the mainstream. If he even pulls 30% of the vote my jaw will drop.

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 11:31 am


That nulllification BS went over WAY big didn’t it??

Basically Lee “light bulb factory” Bright “tosses the TEA partiers salad” every chance he gets because he knows those right wing-nuts are the ones who put him on the ballot and got him elected.

That and the fact he can’t run his own businesses successfully are the reasons he is a politician.

sweepin February 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

I looking forward to learning “God’s” opinion through his “people” of this dimwit’s statewide candidacy.

? February 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

Be careful Sweepin! Bush the Dumber had a bat phone to god’s ear and a significant # of sheeple believed it.

Smirks February 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I think he let Rick Perry have the phone after 2008 though.

Two Cents February 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

Check out the rack on the chick in the white blouse! Time for an updated “Who’s Hot at the Statehouse.”

cloudymind February 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Seriously Sic… You’ve been slacking on the job.

Lance Riprock February 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

Knotso can probably be just as much an embarrassment as Lindsey. Whatever happened to the smart, decent people I went through SC schools with? How come the people who should seek office never do?
Re 2nd sentence: “Ending a sentence with a preposition is one thing up with which I shall not put.” (Winston Churchill)

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

The last one I remember was Phil Sinclare and he got tired of the BS and left politics.

We need more Phil Sinclare’s but sadly, we’ve got more than our share of the likes of Lee “lightbulb factory” Bright to go around…..

It’s hard to believe that both of the above mentioned are alumni of Dorman High. But Phil’s a “boomer” and I believe Bright is a Gen X which explains a lot………..

Gens X,Y and are incapable of leading this nation.

We are doomed!!!

Original Good Old Boy February 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Yeah, because Boomers have obviously put this country in great financial shape.

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Who do you think kept Harley-Davidson from going under???

It sure as hell wasn’t Gen X & Y types

If it wan’t for “boomers” this country would be in far worse shape than it is now.

GrrrrNative February 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Sorry Sparkle…have do disagree on the boomer thing. It’s boomers that changed this country from one that was all about “us” to one that’s now all about “me”.

Gen X is still in play and mostly not old enough to have the influence of the boomers. Could be just as bad as boomers…hopefully not.

johnb February 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

anybody that votes the right way is a big improvement over ms graham.

i’d rather have a dumb as a rock person that votes the right way than a brilliant person that is a darn rino.

SparkleCity February 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Voting the right way??

Whose “right” way – yours,mine or somebody else’s???

Light Bulb factories – how many did you get built Lee??
ZERO that’s how many

How’s that stash of gold bars under the statehouse going Lee??

Since you’ve got such a hard-on for making sure everyone in SC is part of the militia; how many times have you “mustered” Lee??

How’s that nullification BS going Lee???

Maybe if Lee “light bulb factory” Bright spent more time overhauling the SC tax code instead of the BS listed above (not to mention having his nose up the TEA party’s ass), this state just might make some progress

chadboy February 4, 2013 at 11:51 am

His middle name is “Notso”. Funny, right?

JustTheFactsMa'am February 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Not a serious man…just plays and panders. I’ll vote for Graham even if I don’t agree with him on everything. Bright isn’t….nor are those that support him.

Okay February 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

While I don’t agree with all of Lindsey’s votes, I have to call BS when you say he’s one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate.

bogart February 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Whom God has chosen for Senator,let not man put asunder.

? February 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I hope you’re joking. Don’t make an atheist correct your scripture interpetation if you’re not.

bogart February 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

He said it was God’s will that he run…..Sanford said it was God’s will that he had an affair,which in turn made him a better Gov…I just assumed that God was head of the Republican Party,and as such,you don’t buck his choices….AMEN.

? February 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

lol…I see you are joking…good for you.

Yes, yes…every philandering pol thinks he’s the next coming of King David.

Chicora February 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Gee, that’s what we need up there now…another friggin Jesus Freak! Is there a Demo. or Indepentent running? I’m gonna have a hard time vote’in for the “Fruitloop” holding that seat now.

Original Good Old Boy February 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

God’s will, eh?

That tells me all I need to know about Lee Bright.

? February 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

If one was a skeptic, that could tell you all you want to know about god.


I keeeeeed!

Original Good Old Boy February 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm

True that.

(I’m an agnostic, BTW)

Original Good Old Boy February 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Actually an agnostic who has flirted with faith from time to time but have never been able to have it stick. I’m a praying agnostic, I guess. :)

? February 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I’m agnostic too….sometimes I claim atheist out of habit(as I was in my youth) but it’s an extreme position in my estimation.

Original Good Old Boy February 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

The safer (and wiser) position, IMO, is that we simply cannot know for sure.

ceilidh10 February 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Bright is just another floater swimming in the toilet bowel of politics. He needs a good flushing. He will never win against Graham. I plan to pour some money into the Graham campaign.

Lindsey may be a little light in the loafers but he is intelligent, respected, prepared, skilled, easygoing with people, and has millions of contacts and money sources.

? February 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

You are proof positive of my theory that Graham gets almost as much support from Dems in state as Republicans.

He’s built an almost unbeatable electorate.

Smirks February 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I don’t see why anyone could back Lindsey. He’s a prostitute of the military industrial complex, was one of the Republicans backing broad amnesty, supports cap and trade, and supports plenty of other things that make him bad to keep in place. Bright might suck but Graham shouldn’t be keeping his seat.

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man February 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Graham will beat Bright like a wet paper bag!

Gods “will” notwithstanding!

Jeffy01 February 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm


say what?!? February 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

so is Bright the dumbest guy in the SC legislature. Fits you do the whole hot chick thing…why not rank the top 10 dumbest legislators

i bet he is right up there

JC February 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Bright might be an idiot, but Graham is a monster. Endless, undeclared and unconstitutional wars on every corner of the Earth, continued shilling for Israel, the NDAA’s indefinite detention, Presidential assassination without due process, the TSA and the Patriot Act are all championed by Graham. He doesn’t believe in actual limited government in the slightest, given his support for the above policies, which have grown government and bureaucracy at a more massive pace than any social or welfare program. The bottom line is Graham is a big spending neo-fascist whose vision of the US is that of a warrior nation and police state. I will gladly vote for the idiot over him.

Joe Wilson Is A Very Smart Man February 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Problem for you is

Bright also supports most of that stuff!

If he doesnt hes going nowhere,


Because despite all their rhetoric,most SC Republicans support all that stuff!

The only reason they are pissed with Lindsey is he talks to Democrats ocassionally,but he alsays comes home around elections time calling Hillary Clinton a murderer probably helped him)&

He will easily beat this clown!

Smirks February 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Graham goes by the same play book as McCain to a certain extent. When campaign season rolls around, he campaigns on just about the exact opposite of everything he did over the last 6 years. The only real difference is that McCain calls himself a “maverick” to excuse when he gets called out and Graham doesn’t give two fucks when he gets called out. Graham knows the power of being an incumbent GOPer and can afford to lose the small amount of conservative voters who are wise to his shit because of Democrat voters who have stupidly identified him as an occasional ally.

JC lists excellent reasons to oppose Graham, but unfortunately most voters seem to have the attention span of a goldfish when it comes down to it.

Philip Branton February 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Dear Lindsey Graham…….(yes YOU, Senator….and you can turn down that “Philadelphia Freedom” song by Elton John)

Senator Graham, can you understand WHY Mr. Folks would write such a glowing article..?? It must really make you snicker when you read these comments knowing that most are just “party fluffers”..!! We wonder if there are any similar campaign contributors to YOU, FITSNEWS, and Mr. Bright-FULL…????

Senator Graham, do you know anyone in Philly..!? What does the port of Philly have in common with the PORT of Riley and Summey…!?….or Georgetown Steele..!?

……or the Port of Benghazi..???

Recovering Lobbyist February 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Allow me to be the first to congratulate Senator Graham on his reelection.

Gonzo February 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Senator Bright checked into a seedy hotel in Woodruff, SC after a long night of campaigning.

To the clerk: “I’m a true conservative so the porn on my television had best be disabled or you’re gonna be in big trouble”

The clerk looked at the Senator with one eye closed, blew cigarette smoke in his face and replied:

“No, it’s just regular porn you sick fuck”.

Andy February 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

One SC Republican in the US Senate is just like another SC Republican in the US Senate. My only hope is that a new one would not kiss John McCain’s ass quite so much, or so passionately.

Fleet February 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Let me see-I don’t pay my taxes on time, I’ve run my business into the ground, and I’m a pandering jackass to the nutcases in the uber far right. I think I’ll run for the US Senate!

SparkleCity February 5, 2013 at 10:09 am


That’s rich!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not to mention that everything you posted is a fact………….

Crooner February 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to take down Tim Scott when he has to run state wide?

Aaron Talmage February 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Please remember one week from today State Senator Lee Bright will be at Lander University at 6:00pm talking about current events facing our state and nation. RVSP today.

Taika February 5, 2013 at 12:43 am

Rand Paul is leading the conservative charge to balance the budget, protect liberty, and take back our government! Let’s send him some reinforcements and get the job done.

Senator Bright seems cut from the same cloth and would be an invaluable addition to the US Senate. Let’s make it happen!

sam February 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

Lee Bright is stupid. Worse, he is an insult to stupid people all over the world. He is an idiot looking for a village.

toyota kawaski February 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

and he has a snowballs chance in hell of beating Sen. Graham

Kid Charlemagne February 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

Did God tell the Light Brigade to charge?

Darth February 5, 2013 at 10:38 am

Considering that if Thad Viers was a Democrat, he might be a shoe in as nominee, unless Alvin Greene is running.

Philip Branton February 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

SO…..Mr. Bright and Senator Graham….

Tell US all here at FITSNEWS what SC investors and concerned taxpayers can expect when an Indian OIL Barge is hi-jacked in the Nigeria River Delta and injuring the civilian workers…!?! Is this barge just carrying OIL or does it carry DRUGS too..!?!

Where exactly do you two stand on the WAR on DRUGS fiasco…!?!

What American OIL contractors are SC taxpayers and their PENSIONS invested in….!?!

The CEO of BP was interviewed and spoke about the increased security concerning their infrastructure…SO……what does that have to do with the TANKERS making deliveries here in the states…!?! Is it security from Hi-Jackers or security in large shipments of DRUGS…!?!

Lee and Lindsey… much is spent on the War on Drugs…AND….the WAR on Terror..!?

Bill of Rights February 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I would vote for Lee Bright because of his anti-tax stance.
I would vote for Lee Bright for his pro-gun stance.
I would vote for Lee Bright because Howard Rich supports him.
I would vote for Lee Bright because Grahmnesty needs to go.

e.simmons February 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I will vote for mr.Lee Bright because he is a Christ ian .

e.simmons February 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I will vote for mr.Lee Bright because he is a Christ ian .


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