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Lindsey Graham’s “Jamaican Connection”

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) is the subject of a lengthy story in The Daily Caller this week which explores his role in securing Jamaican immigrant labor for last year’s PGA golf championship on Kiawah Island. “Ja, mon …” According to the report, Graham lined up an undetermined numer of Jamaican service…

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) is the subject of a lengthy story in The Daily Caller this week which explores his role in securing Jamaican immigrant labor for last year’s PGA golf championship on Kiawah Island.

“Ja, mon …”

According to the report, Graham lined up an undetermined numer of Jamaican service workers to staff the event, which was held last August (no word yet on whether any of these Jamaican servers were responsible for “over-serving” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, who channeled her inner Lionel Ritchie at the event).

A regular player of Kiawah’s famed Ocean Course, Graham will be feted at an October fundraiser at Kiawah. Not only that, the resort’s manager and owner are among his big dollar campaign contributors. That’s raising questions about preferential treatment – in addition to the broader debate over the availability and talent of the Palmetto State’s workforce.

According to Graham – a fiscally liberal, war-mongering “Republican in Name Only” – he was forced to secure these visas for Kiawah due to a lack of local response as well as a dearth of qualified local workers.

“They got nine (American) applicants for these jobs,” Graham told an Easley, S.C. Rotary Club, according to reporting from a local Patch affiliate. “Three of them failed the drug test. They ran out of visas … I had to go to beg the Department of Labor to give them a waiver so they could get people from Jamaica to come in here and service the PGA.”

Graham claims he helped secure 600-700 visas for Kiawah, although U.S. Labor Department data shows only 172 visas were awarded – most of them for low-paying maid, waiter and cook positions.

Hmmmmm …

Sounds to us a lot like the problem Haley warned us about over at the Savannah River Site a few years ago.

“Down on River Site, they were hiring a few hundred people, and when we sat down and talked to them – this was back before the campaign – when we sat down and talked to them, they said of everybody they interviewed, half of them failed a drug test, and of the half that was left, of that 50 percent, the other half couldn’t read and write properly,” Haley told a Lexington Rotary Club in 2011.

What do we make of all this?

Not much … we’re obviously not going to dispute the contention that South Carolina workers are too lazy, stupid or stoned to take advantage of the employment opportunities available to them, and while Graham’s relationship with Kiawah is a little too cozy for our comfort we’re not incited to jump too far down his throat over this issue.

(Oh … and if you care about our thoughts on the immigration issue here they are).

It is curious, though, that one politically connect enterprise gets this sort of treatment regarding its employment needs … while hundreds of other South Carolina businesses which can’t afford to have a U.S. Senator in their pocket get fined.

Oh well … we would encourage every South Carolina business to join us in availing themselves of Sen. Graham’s services.

Seriously … “where are OUR Jamaicans, Miss Lindsey?”

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40 comments

Squishy123 April 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Well the SC negroes said, “We don’t have time for all dat”. So Ms. Graham imported some.

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Julio April 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

why give up unemployment benefits for a smaller paycheck?

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Squishy123 April 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Well the SC negroes said, “We don’t have time for all dat”. So Ms. Graham imported some.

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Julio April 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

why give up unemployment benefits for a smaller paycheck?

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CNSYD April 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

“we’re not incited to jump too far down his throat over this issue.”
But we will sure blow it out of proportion. It gives us the opportunity to slam SC workers and screw up fractions again.

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CNSYD April 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

“we’re not incited to jump too far down his throat over this issue.”
But we will sure blow it out of proportion. It gives us the opportunity to slam SC workers and screw up fractions again.

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jimlewisowb April 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Is there really any question which one the Great Governor and the Senior Senator from South Carolina would choose:

Servants dressed in Tails speaking Jamaican vs. Servants dressed in Bibs speaking Gullah

C’mon Man

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jimlewisowb April 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Is there really any question which one the Great Governor and the Senior Senator from South Carolina would choose:

Servants dressed in Tails speaking Jamaican vs. Servants dressed in Bibs speaking Gullah

C’mon Man

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Halfvast Conspirator April 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Did they put them all up at the Sanctuary? Or up in NChuck in some Summey slums?

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Halfvast Conspirator April 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Did they put them all up at the Sanctuary? Or up in NChuck in some Summey slums?

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Piedmont April 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Watch for John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry at the remote 41 Ocean Course Dr. that is behind two security checkpoints.

Warren Lasch, the federal criminal (arrested by FBI, pleaded guilty to pension fund abuse) and former president of “Friends of the Hunley, Inc.” who built that house, sold it to an Atlanta-based trust Teresa owns for $10.3 million.

Kerry bought it during his 2004 Presidential campaign, planning to use the “Ocean Course” in front to come-and-go by presidential helicopter (“Air Force Two”).

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Ernie April 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

who fucking cares

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Piedmont April 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Watch for John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry at the remote 41 Ocean Course Dr. that is behind two security checkpoints.

Warren Lasch, the federal criminal (arrested by FBI, pleaded guilty to pension fund abuse) and former president of “Friends of the Hunley, Inc.” who built that house, sold it to an Atlanta-based trust Teresa owns for $10.3 million.

Kerry bought it during his 2004 Presidential campaign, planning to use the “Ocean Course” in front to come-and-go by presidential helicopter (“Air Force Two”).

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Ernie April 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

who fucking cares

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EFF YOU LINDSAY GRAHAM YOU LIE April 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Nine SC applicants huh. Well when I sent in my resume (packed with experience and several great references) I never even received a call back. when I finally broke down and called to check the status, I was asked what my salary requirements were, and remember stating somewhere in the $8.50/hr range, and the female on the line named Gretchen, kind of snickered and said they were looking for only minimum wage laborers. Funny though, the ad for the jobs specifically asked for SERIOUS INQUIRIES/HOSTING PROFESSIONALS ONLY.

I am calling BULLSHIT on this entire claim by Lindsay Graham, because I know of four other people who also applied and they received the same treatment…

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kc April 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Dude, you should contact the Daily Caller (even though it is a wingnut rag) and tell your story.

This pisses me off, with SC’s unemployment, that our suck-ass Senator would be lobbying to fly in foreigners to work and insulting SC citizens in the process.

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EFF YOU LINDSAY GRAHAM YOU LIE April 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Nine SC applicants huh. Well when I sent in my resume (packed with experience and several great references) I never even received a call back. when I finally broke down and called to check the status, I was asked what my salary requirements were, and remember stating somewhere in the $8.50/hr range, and the female on the line named Gretchen, kind of snickered and said they were looking for only minimum wage laborers. Funny though, the ad for the jobs specifically asked for SERIOUS INQUIRIES/HOSTING PROFESSIONALS ONLY.

I am calling BULLSHIT on this entire claim by Lindsay Graham, because I know of four other people who also applied and they received the same treatment…

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kc April 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Dude, you should contact the Daily Caller (even though it is a wingnut rag) and tell your story.

This pisses me off, with SC’s unemployment, that our suck-ass Senator would be lobbying to fly in foreigners to work and insulting SC citizens in the process.

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? April 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

The employment laws are for the little people. Just like all laws really…they aren’t for the rich, powerful, & well connected….unless of course one of them pisses off someone even more well connected.

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? April 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

The employment laws are for the little people. Just like all laws really…they aren’t for the rich, powerful, & well connected….unless of course one of them pisses off someone even more well connected.

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? April 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

“Graham will be feted at an October fundraiser at Kiawah”

Correction: “Graham will be fellated at an October fundraiser”

Why do you think they called in the Jamaican houseboys?

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? April 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

“Graham will be feted at an October fundraiser at Kiawah”

Correction: “Graham will be fellated at an October fundraiser”

Why do you think they called in the Jamaican houseboys?

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Stephan April 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Glad to see things haven’t changed in ole’ South Carolina. Couldn’t get slave labor for free, so they shipped ’em in just like in the old days. You rock Lindsey. You Nikki get to keep a few for the Govs Mansion.

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Stephan April 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Glad to see things haven’t changed in ole’ South Carolina. Couldn’t get slave labor for free, so they shipped ’em in just like in the old days. You rock Lindsey. You Nikki get to keep a few for the Govs Mansion.

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Anthony Placebo April 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Wow I used to work out there 18 years ago and they had lots of South Carolinians college kids, middle aged people, whites and black working there except the golf course whih was already all Mexican. Pay was pretty good 6- 8 dollars per hour plus automatic gratuity of 18%.You could clear 500 per week in a few days and they had a good insurance and 401k. Guess they would rather use cheap foreign labor. They kind of like to overstaff the place so I am sure this cheap labor works great for them.

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Anthony Placebo April 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Wow I used to work out there 18 years ago and they had lots of South Carolinians college kids, middle aged people, whites and black working there except the golf course whih was already all Mexican. Pay was pretty good 6- 8 dollars per hour plus automatic gratuity of 18%.You could clear 500 per week in a few days and they had a good insurance and 401k. Guess they would rather use cheap foreign labor. They kind of like to overstaff the place so I am sure this cheap labor works great for them.

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9" April 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm

A little surprising.I thought it would be Hispanics with big,long, thick burritos…

Guess he’s moved on…http://jamaicanfoodrecipes.org/caribbean-recipes/?p=4824

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9" April 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm

A little surprising.I thought it would be Hispanics with big,long, thick burritos…

Guess he’s moved on…http://jamaicanfoodrecipes.org/caribbean-recipes/?p=4824

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docdave1 April 2, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Every man and woman in every county who still believes in following the Constitution should run against Pansy Grahamnesty in the primaries….

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docdave1 April 2, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Every man and woman in every county who still believes in following the Constitution should run against Pansy Grahamnesty in the primaries….

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LucyLue April 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm

It’s not about money. Privacy. They need folks who are not going to talk.

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LucyLue April 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm

It’s not about money. Privacy. They need folks who are not going to talk.

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Paula Kinziger April 3, 2013 at 5:59 am

How about trying the upstate before going out of the country. Wonder what this cost the taxpayers.

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Paula Kinziger April 3, 2013 at 5:59 am

How about trying the upstate before going out of the country. Wonder what this cost the taxpayers.

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Paula Kinziger April 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

Says a lot about our public school system and parents. This isn’t just here so don’t start with the dumb people of SC… this is the whole country for the past 25 years.

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Paula Kinziger April 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

Says a lot about our public school system and parents. This isn’t just here so don’t start with the dumb people of SC… this is the whole country for the past 25 years.

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kc April 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

They got nine (American) applicants for these jobs,” Graham told an Easley, S.C. Rotary Club, according to reporting from a local Patch affiliate. “Three of them failed the drug test”
I call bullshit.

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kc April 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

They got nine (American) applicants for these jobs,” Graham told an Easley, S.C. Rotary Club, according to reporting from a local Patch affiliate. “Three of them failed the drug test”
I call bullshit.

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kc April 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Gawd, that Daily Caller is a junky website. I hope it didn’t give my computer cooties. I’d like to see this reported by a reputable media outlet. Not that I don’t believe it, it just deserves broader attention.

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kc April 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Gawd, that Daily Caller is a junky website. I hope it didn’t give my computer cooties. I’d like to see this reported by a reputable media outlet. Not that I don’t believe it, it just deserves broader attention.

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