Republicans in Chesterfield County, S.C. voted overwhelmingly this week to censure U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) for “not consistently representing some of our most valued, time-honored tenets.”
Wait … some tenets? More like all of ’em if you ask us …
It’s the second time within a week that a local GOP organization in South Carolina has formally rebuked the liberal lawmaker. Six days ago Republicans in Greenville County, S.C. introduced a resolution calling on Graham to be replaced for acting in a manner “fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party.”
The Chesterfield resolution received the support of 98 percent of local party members – a nearly unanimous rebuke.
“The Chesterfield County Republican Party upholds traditional conservative Republican principles and we expect those who are elected under its banner to also adhere to this same standard,” Chesterfield County Republican Party Executive Committeeman Glenn Gulledge stated. “Lindsey Graham has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of.”
We agree … although sadly there are plenty of “Republicans” in Washington, D.C. who are not all that dissimilar to Graham.
Graham is a warmonger. And a special interest whore. And a fiscal liberal. And a Barack Obama abettor. And a support of the spy state. Oh … and a damned liar. But then again so are a lot of other “Republicans” in Washington, D.C.
Which is the problem … or at least part of the problem.
Greenville and Chesterfield aren’t likely to be the only counties which rebuke Graham in the coming months.
“Mr. Graham has lost the confidence of this body in his ability to serve as our Senator representing the people of South Carolina in a manner consistent with our platform,” county chairman Jack Parker said. “We know that a significant number of members of the South Carolina Republican Party across the state feel the same way, and we expect to see more actions, like we have taken, to continue at future county meetings.”
While Chesterfield Republicans did not indicate a preference in the race to replace Graham, Gulledge is openly supporting the candidacy of Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace.
Social conservative Richard Cash, an attorney from Piedmont, S.C., is also running against Graham – as is S.C. Sen. Lee Bright. Meanwhile former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel and former GOP lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Bill Connor have also expressed an interest in the seat.
South Carolina is a runoff state – which means the top two vote-getters in a primary election face off two weeks later in a runoff in the event no candidate receives more than fifty percent of the vote.