Bill Connor Runs Ad Blasting Graham

FIRST GRAHAM CHALLENGER TV SPOT RUNNING STATEWIDE ON FOX NEWS It’s about time … Orangeburg, S.C. attorney and Afghan War veteran (ask him, he’ll tell you) Bill Connor has launched the first true opposition ad targeting incumbent liberal Lindsey Graham in South Carolina’s 2014 GOP U.S. Senate primary. One of…


It’s about time …

Orangeburg, S.C. attorney and Afghan War veteran (ask him, he’ll tell you) Bill Connor has launched the first true opposition ad targeting incumbent liberal Lindsey Graham in South Carolina’s 2014 GOP U.S. Senate primary.

One of four (soon to be five) announced challengers to Graham in the June 10 primary, Connor’s spot blasts the veteran lawmaker  for his effusive praise of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton – the presumptive frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

I was at the TEA Party debate when I first saw this footage of Graham praising and hugging Hillary,” Connor said of his spot. “I thought it represented what’s most frustrating to South Carolina conservatives about Lindsey Graham – the inherent hypocrisy of calling himself a conservative when he campaigns, but acting like and voting like a moderate or liberal the rest of the time.”

Hard to argue that Graham is a hypocrite … although as we’ve noted on several prior occasions Connor is hardly the ideal choice to replace him.

Anyway, here’s the spot …

Connor’s ad is airing statewide on Fox News at cost of roughly $7,500 for two weeks.

“Plans are to continue at this pace … increasing until election day representing a $200,000 commitment for cable advertising,” a source familiar with the buy told FITS. “We will add broadcast in April.”

“My plan was always to get on TV first and to stay there,” Connor said in a statement.

Obviously … which is why he gave his campaign $200,000.

Anyway, Connor’s ad is interesting in that it targets Graham as opposed to one (or more) of the race’s other challengers – Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace, S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, Upstate businessman Richard Cash or Midlands, S.C. preacher Det Bowers.

Why is that “interesting?” Because Graham has a $7.6 million mountain of special interest money … whereas the other challengers (led by Mace) top out well shy of $500,000.

Wouldn’t the smart play be to first pick off the other wanna-be “anti-Grahams?”

“As you may have noticed, the national and state debate has not been about who can beat Lindsey. Rather, it’s can he be beat?” one Connor supporter told FITS. “Everybody knows Lindsey starts as Goliath. We have to first prove he’s vulnerable to rocks. The best way to get the job of David is make it clear how well you throw.”

Hmmmmmm …

Connor does have one potential advantage over the rest of the anti-Graham field in the advertising battle – he’s run statewide before (a losing bid for lieutenant governor in 2010). That means he doesn’t have to spend quite as much time – and money – introducing himself to voters, and can focus more of his energy on attacking Graham.

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Mary February 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm

He looks even more gay than Lindsay.

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

How’s it feel to be a Homophobic Bigot…????

Mary February 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

So you are saying he is gay?

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

I’m saying you are attacking a man because of what you, and your narrow-mind, perceive them to be, based on your prejudice and hate.

Smirks February 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

Thank goodness GrandTango never attacks gays for, you know, wanting to get married or anything. And he’s certainly never attacked gay politicians or other figures. Nope, not good ol’ T.

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I’ve said gays can get married anytime they want. There are even “churches” that will perform the ceremony. I’m all for that…That is their right…

I’ve also said sexual preference Is not a Civil Right. All homosexuals should have Civil Rights as Americans. I would fight anyone who wants to take away civil right. But don’t use you claimed difference to try to get MORE rights than the rest of us.

Is that clear…lair…????

SCBlueWoman February 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm

How is being allowed to marry and not be discriminated against and being treated equally under the Constitution giving some More rights than others. That simply isn’t true.

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Exactly…Dumb@$$…..You answered your own question, but you are too F*^king stupid to figure that out…

SCBlueWoman February 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

You said that “they” are trying to get MORE rights. I ask how that was so, Dumbass. You can’t answer the question can you?

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Gays can get married right now. You just want the gov’t to endorse you so you can belly up to the hand-outs and freebies.

No other non-traditional marriage is recognized…just because the leftwing radical gov’t is in bed w/ you…you think you get a special dispensation,, from your -lord-god Obama, and his nutjob-zealots in the court system…

SCBlueWoman February 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

You are dumb as a post. They can get married in states where it is legal. It isn’t legal here. They are not recognized and they do not get the same “privileges” as heterosexual couples, including tax breaks, such as inheritance tax breaks. For the IRS to recognize the marriage, they have to be married in a legal state. Equal is equal and right now it isn’t equal for gays. … but… it will be.

Mary February 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

So you are not saying he is not gay?

Smirks February 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

GrandTango gets to talk about FITS sucking dicks, or Obama having Mao’s severed penis, but anyone else making a crack about homosexuality or dicks is a homophobic bigot.

Sounds legit.

What a joke February 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Total pussy buy.

Earle Benghazi Smith February 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I am SO excited about this election. I spent considerable time looking at the Republican candidates, hoping to find one I thought could beat Lindsey Graham. I found some really great candidates, but none I thought were up to the job… then Bill Connor got in. It didn’t take long to figure out he IS the one who can do it. He is someone who has put his Country before his own life, has successful small business experience, legal training and a record of high achievement all along the way. Bill Connor is the man who can take the fight to Lindsey Graham… and WIN!

southmauldin February 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I like sarcasm too! Let’s meet for some PBRs and some Hot Pockets. We can talk about Lee 2nd Amendment Bright and Nancy My Daddy didn’t want me to go to the big bad Citadel but I told him Mace.
But we can’t talk about Bill sticking his weenie into someone who wasn’t his wife when he was in law school. Let’s keep that hush hush.

dnhook February 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

You must work for the Graham campaign or the Lee Bright cult.

southmauldin February 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Graham is a warmonger and Bright is a complete idiot and a deadbeat. Care to try again?

Seeking February 19, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Matthew 7 1
Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Smirks February 20, 2014 at 10:45 am

Funny how this verse gets whipped out in a judging manner against someone else.

Also funny how this verse is selectively whipped out against some but not others.

Seeking February 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Smirks.. Do you see a name in the scriptures? Funny how you twist scriptures to prove a point that is not there.

Jim February 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

So much for the Party of traditional family values? Everyone they run is either an adulterer or gay. I can see the GOP questionnaire now.

Are you
___ Married and gay
___ Married and adulterer
___ A Married gay adulterer
___ Single and gay
If gay are you
___ closeted
___ in denial
In either event do you screw hookers when in your home state and will your wife or partner support you when they find out?

Seeking February 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

No some assume to much when they read scriptures.

euwe max February 20, 2014 at 3:56 am

You were too generous to Graham.

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

Ever hear of a little something called Obamacare..or Third Trimester Abortion, you brain-dead idiot???

dnhook February 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

Ok. So you’re a loser dhimmocrat then.

Smirks February 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

southmaldin has posted on this site consistently. This is the first time I’ve ever seen you post.

dnhook February 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

All that means is southmaldin is probably a hired hand for either the dhimmocrats or Lindsay Graham. Not sure at this point.
Did you have a point to your comment, or are you just another lib that likes to run their mouth?

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 8:34 am

Typical FILTHY Trick Liberal…You have TOTALLY Failed in leadership…so you’re left to try to manufacture scandal..

And you’re So STUPID, all you can do is go back to the same old infidelity crap…Shut up you idiot…I don’t care what some guy did in his youth, even if there were a morsel of truth to it…

What Obama and Graham are doing to MY Country right now trumps all the petty Bull-$#!* that low-life Trash like you can create.,…

Now go march for gay rights or more baby-killing, you ignorant troll…

Fat Joey February 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

Dude, why are you dissing Hot Pockets? Not cool.

conman April 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm

dude you have no proof connor is an adulterer.

Smirks February 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

This reads like one of those fake comments on Yelp that the owner of the restaurant either wrote himself or paid someone to write for him.

Donna Keyser February 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Earle Smith. I too have spent time looking into the Republican candidates and believe that Bill Connor has the background and abilities to defeat Graham

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 8:31 am

I think you may be right….

Original Good Old Boy February 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

So sayeth a campaign volunteeer.

RogueElephant February 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

Haven’t I been saying all along that Connor is the adult in the room ??? If Grahamnasty would come out from under his rock, put on his bigboy pants and debate it would further show Connor to be the REAL leader we need in SC. A Scott/Connor team in Washington would have two genuine SC voices on the issues. When it was Thurmond/Hollings then , then DeMint/Graham, now Scott/Graham We are neutral—no voice. SC needs to have a solid voice in Washington. RESTORE HONOR VOTE CONNOR.

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

Great commentary. Give us someone worthy, and we’ll Scream it in the Streets…

Jack February 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

SC voices???? So those of us who think the Republican party has become dominated by mindless nuts are not South Carolina voices. You will never restore honor by voting Republican. They have none left to offer. All they want is a government check, government health care and check from the Koch Brothers.

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

BRAVO, BRAVO!!!!….Where has this guy been???…I’m sending him a check TODAY…

He is EXACTLY what we need..and that is how you do it. I’ve NEVER seen much about him. Not sure who ran his last campaign, but they did a horrible job of showing us who he is.

How did Ken Ard EVER Beat this guy for Lt. Gov? Must have been an alphabet thing on the ballot…

John Nelson, USAF Lt Col (Ret) February 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

I have known Bill Connor for the last four years and I’ve assessed that he is the best
candidate to take the fight to and beat Lindsey Graham. Bill is a
legitimate combat vet who served at a time and place where his life and limbs
were in constant jeopardy. It is no small thing that we have a record low
number of combat vets in congress. Bill clearly understands the risks and
rewards of war. Although Graham has served honorably as a reserve USAF
JAG, his exposure to actual combat has been nil. Additionally, Bill is a
true Constitutional Conservative who believes in the enumerated powers as
defined in the Constitution. Bill is an articulate, well prepared and
cerebral conservative who can clearly lay out and defend those positions upon
which conservatives agree. He is our best choice to beat Lindsey
Graham. I would ask the writers of FITZNews and others to give Bill fair
consideration and I believe that most will come to the same conclusion.

Original Good Old Boy February 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I had no idea he was a combat vet. He tends to keep that to himself.

Smirks February 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

Why are Republicans so damn butthurt over Kagan and Sotomayor? “OMG DEY LET OBAMUH PUT A JUSTUS IN DA SKOW TUS!” I never saw any compelling evidence as to why they should be rejected other than “DEY LIBRUL, SMIRKS, DAT REESUN ENUF LOL.”

Obstructing fucking everything for no legitimate reasons other than drawing political lines isn’t how you lead, it is how you divide in politics and bring everything to a grinding halt. If you aren’t going to go to D.C. to govern, don’t fucking go at all you asshat.

I hate Graham but this bullshit has to stop sometime.

GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

They are not judes. They are blind-to-justice-radical, leftwing political activists.

The Constitution, and the law, mean NOTHING to Kagan and Sotomayor or Ginsberg….or any other liberal on the court…

Ruling based on an activist’s political hatred and desire to punish Americans they don’t like. is akin to Nazism or Communism.

Hope that helps educate you…

Philip Branton February 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

Dear Spawar Atlantic workers and all Dept of Defense informational specialists, when you review this fine piece of media psyops, how is it winning the hearts and minds of citizens who are SLAVES to foreign OIL (energy)..!?

if you were in the candidate’s position would you spend 200K on this demographic watching FOXNEWS..? Really think..? Bill Connor may be a fine soldier but does he understand what battlefield he is really on…? Matter of fact do the viewers and voters who listen to him have a clue of what battlefield Bill Connor is on..?

This stunt by a politician is utterly disgusting to those who strive to win the hearts and minds of hard working and taxpaying citizens…whats even more concerning is the plight of those citizens who just don’t give a crud…~~! Seriously stop to consider the personnel behind this commercial who actually support this type of informational deception.

Spawar workers, do you really think that our Captain Burin would be this stupid to air a campaign video like this? Do you think our Captain Burin or new XO is that clueless to not understand that they are running against ALL three candidates that include TIM SCOTT, Jim CLYBURN and LIndsey Graham..? Heck, why fight who Graham wimp when you can defeat the entire ARMY of SCOTT, CLYBURN and GRAHAM all at the same time..!?

Geez..?? Just think how stupid Bill Connor (and Wil Folks ) are to use these funds to buy media time but yet shoot spit wads instead of “Fort Sumpta mortars”…!?

Spawar workers….what does this really tell you about Bill Connor…that’s right……he is just a GRAHAM Decoy on the battlefield……….

So…….how should Nancy Mace counter in her “mini-van”..? How should Captain Burin view what is happening in Kiev to send a message to “Snowden”…?


Rocky February 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

Senator Graham is a true American – a war-hardened veteran who fought to keep this country safe while in uniform, and a hard fighting conservative fighting for the true principals that make this country great when where his suit in Washington DC. South Carolina is proud and lucky to have such a gentile, true Southern Gentleman representing our Christian views and beliefs. I dare say if George Washington were alive today he would proudly stand next to Senator Graham and shake his hand and give him his full support. Senator Graham has done more for the State of Carolina than all the past 20 state governors. He should be commended as a model statesman. And he’s a dapper dresser to boot.

conman April 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

graham never fought for his country. He calls himself a Dessert storm and Dessert Shield vet but he never left SC and was a jag officer. Also, I deployed to Quait right after the fireworks but have never called myself a Dessert Shield/Storm vet

Tim February 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

You have to love it when Republican lies come back to haunt them so quickly.


GrandTango February 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm

FITS, you dropped the ball AGAIN: Bill Conner would BLOW YOU UP for this lack of ability and talent…

The Federal Communications Commission is looking to insert its officers into newsrooms around the country. The FCC says that it has identified eight “underserved populations” and is now looking for ways to make sure that those communities get more new coverage.

If you are ignoring this. you need to get out of trying to be in communications…

Philip Branton February 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Grand Tango, your no dummy……just look at the ads that you see as you read my comment. Talk about “white hiss”…!!! Your point about the FCC is dead on; but in reality its a media psyops ploy and tactic.

Tango……Mr. Folks is not in the communications business in reality, his site is like that ad board in front of the urinal in the statehouse bathroom that every politician has to see when they take a leak…!!!

Wil Folk’s greatest communicator is …..YOU….!! Because you are a VOTER..!!

Wil Folks ignores the FCC issue because of the value of a “silent sledge hammer” upon the Jim Clyburn campaign and its tentacles back to SCSU and his daughter that sits on the FCC board..!!

The question for advertisers Grand Tango is….”Who is smarter, Wil Folks or Grand Tango and do readers care…?”

vicupstate February 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

On a purely political level, being the first to air anti-Graham ads is smart. He is the last to join the race (so far) and needs to make up for lost time. People that haven’t been paying too close attention to the race will gravitate to him until someone else gets on the air.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt February 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm

This will be an interesting primary. Certainly Lindsey G. knows people are gunning for him on his right flank but he does have considerable built in advantages against his challengers. Probably the most important of which is that GOP voters in this state pefer him above anyone else. His polling has consistently indicated he’s in the lead and he’s got heaps of cash on hand.

Yet, one should never discount the virulence of the extreme right in this state and their blood lust in purging anyone who even remotely talks of compromise with the D’s.

I predict Graham will win relatively easily over other challengers.


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