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Redneck Mudslangin’ In US Senate Race

LEE BRIGHT SUPPORTERS LAUNCH BROADSIDE AGAINST BILL CONNOR So there’s a video out of two thick-drawled (possibly drunk) supporters of S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) attempting to make their case against Bill Connor – the Orangeburg, S.C. attorney and Afghan War veteran who (like Bright) is running for the U.S….

LEE BRIGHT SUPPORTERS LAUNCH BROADSIDE AGAINST BILL CONNOR

So there’s a video out of two thick-drawled (possibly drunk) supporters of S.C. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) attempting to make their case against Bill Connor – the Orangeburg, S.C. attorney and Afghan War veteran who (like Bright) is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.).

According to the two men, Connor should be rejected by South Carolina voters because he’s a hypocrite on social issues. They’re referring, of course, to Connor’s widely known extramarital affair – which was first reported by FITS when he ran for lieutenant governor in 2010.

“Sending Bill Connor to the Senate would be like sending, uh … putting an alcoholic in charge of the liquor store,” one of the two rednecks suggests.

You know, we’re not going to argue with that conclusion … although judging from the individual’s slurred speech, we’re guessing there’s a pretty good reason that was the first metaphor that came to his mind.

We’re also guessing both of the “stars” of this particular clip received their education from a South Carolina government-run school.

Anyway … no one doubts Connor had an affair. And no one doubts he’s a hypocritical, sanctimonious windbag who shamelessly exploits his religion and his military service.

But will attacks like this one help drive those points home with voters? Or will the rank amateurish idiocy of these attackers backfire and wind up reflecting poorly on Bright’s campaign?

(You know, sort of like their recent broadside against Graham … )

Good question …

“You guys are disgraceful,” one viewer wrote in response to the video. “I don’t have a dog in this race, but this is pure speculation and for you to slander a man like this over some political agenda is a shame!”

Hmmmmm …

Anyway, whether this attack is effective or not … it is sure as hell is entertaining!

(Click to play)

In addition to Bright and Connor, Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace, Columbia, S.C. preacher Det Bowers, Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn and Upstate businessman Richard Cash have also filed to run against Graham in the June GOP primary.

Meanwhile S.C. Senator Brad Hutto and businessman Jay Stamper are vying for the Democratic nomination and the right to run against Graham in November.

Former S.C. Treasurer and reality television star Thomas Ravenel has also said he may run against Graham as an independent in the event he wins the GOP nomination.

UPDATE: Listen to the video. At the 3:58 and 4:10 mark it sure sounds like someone is popping open a cold one. 

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88 comments

GamecocksForever April 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

What a joke these goons are. Senator Bright has done great things in the SC Senate, but he should distance himself from these fools. I see this reflecting very negatively on him. This is not how this game is going to be won.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm

And the fact that he doesn’t tells me everything I need to know about Lee Bright.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Yeah, because a candidate should distance himself from every idiot with a video camera. Gimme a break, people. How many candidates have supporters who bash the other candidates in similar fashion?

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Stephanie Michael April 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Not one I can think of. Only Bright. Mike, start sending out your resume. Time to look for work. Campaign management doesn’t suit you.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

These are two people out of thousands. Get a grip.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

That’s you in the video, isn’t it?

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Little Man April 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

No. That post would be by lee brights campaign manager. You see, he believes he can win a US senate race via blog commenting. It’s brilliant.

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Smirks April 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

Ehh, it’ll swing the fundie Repubs. That’s the whole point.

Using a guy’s affair to get people to vote instead for someone who can’t run a business successfully sounds like par for the course when it comes to Republican-on-Republican attacks.

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PalmettoElephant April 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Yeah…wrong effect. This makes me want to vote for Connor more so than not. I don’t run with people like these. So whatever they say, I do opposite.

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Margaret April 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I cannot believe this at all!!!! This is not good for Senator Bright. I completely agree with GamecocksForever! Everyone should watch who they hang out with and the same goes for Senator Bright.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm

He’s standing back laughing. He supports these idiots.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Oh yeah? Where’s the proof of that?

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Silence is consent.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Bright doesn’t hang out with them you moron. This is more propaganda from FITs to distract from Mace’s idiotic and going-nowhere-fast campaign.

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LivinLoco April 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Yeah, very reliable sources here. Alcoholics. One still lives with his parents. And the other guy who likes to criticize Connor for military stuff yet he jumped out of the military before Iraq and never really saw combat. Way to cut down a fellow vet.

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LivinLoco April 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Oh yeah and I forgot Larry was kicked off county council. Winners.

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John April 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I could never vote for any candidate that allowed this video. Bearing false witness is a serious event…to God.

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DixonC April 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

How is this news?? Fits you’re letting us down. This video is boring and obviously bull crap made by a couple of backwoods libertarian nut jobs. Who the heck is Lee Bright anyway? I remember Connor running for Lt. Gov…sad when you have to stoop this low for attention.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

This is what Bright does. He condones this idiocy.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Again, show me where he condones this.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm

He has to provide cover for Mace’s awful campaign.

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James April 2, 2014 at 7:20 am

Last I saw she is actually running a pretty damn good campaign. Actually the only candidate to have a campaign going for them.

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BeachBum1974 April 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Unreal….what a joke this has all become. Must we always stoop this low? Child’s play and we expect more out of a Senator. My vote’s for Mace. she’s at least been able to stay above the fray, but pretty much anyone other than Lindsey and now Bright.

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Upstate Rep April 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

She has, hasn’t she? Might not be a bad call there.

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fbmoore April 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

This makes me stand even more with Bill Conner. They must really consider him a treat to stoop this low as to mudslinging.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Uh, doesn’t Connor poll at like 2%? Oh yeah, big threat….

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Stephanie Michael April 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Your campaign is losing. Time to find a real job.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Only in the polls that Bright commissions.

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CNSYD April 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Since T-Rav has his driving privileges suspended because of his escapades in NY, I suppose he will have Sic Willie drive him around on the campaign trail.

Oh wait, I am not sure Sic Wilie has “published” the license suspension news.

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Smirks April 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

Oh wait, I am not sure Sic Wilie has “published” the license suspension news.

Of course not, T-Rav didn’t pay him to.

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Renee April 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Who are these people, what an embarrassment to whoever they’re supporting. I plan to support Bill Connor!

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Back away from the keyboard, Connor….

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Stephanie Michael April 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Mike, you should look in the mirror. Can’t manage a campaign from commenting on blogs… Time to jump from Bright’s sinking ship, while you still can.

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GoneRogue April 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

These are Bright supporters? No way. Would have never guessed. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. What trash.

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EBWhite April 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

What a shame, it has gotten this bad. Why did we ever hope Bright’s supporters would have kept it clean.

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Derek Maupin April 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

These are two people out of thousands. You drunk too?

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Stephanie Michael April 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Michael, that’s not the point. You are running a two bit campaign, clearly you are panicked to be smearing the candidates you are most threatened by. Your boy Bright doesn’t stand a single chance in this race. You should bail out now and go work for a viable candidate. And learn from this. You’re running a campaign in the gutter. You are losing.

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JimBob April 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

There are no viable candidates.

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What About April 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

Michael, These guys are with Bright in so many photos – standing behind him at a statehouse rally and on the campaign trail with him. They are listed on his steering committee. You can’t just say they are operating on their own. And the do remind us all of the campaign as a whole.

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Barbarossa April 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Doesn’t matter, all these opponents guarantee vote splitting, which guarantees our worthless incumbent again… well played Graham, you douchebag.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Graham has to get 51% in the June primary to shut it down. With a dhimmocrat primary with 2 candidates, this will keep the libbie sandbaggers away and force a runoff.

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Smirks April 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

dnhook is absolutely right. If Graham wins 51% he doesn’t have to have a runoff, but that pretty much means none of these guys had a chance of beating him.

I will say, though, that splitting the votes against a number of people will likely result in sour grapes if/when it results in Graham versus only one of the others. All of Graham’s supporters, Republican and Democrat alike, will be sure to show up in the runoff to vote for him. I’m sure a lot of the sour grape voters will be annoyed their guy lost and not bother showing up. Maybe it’ll be Connor, for instance, and the people who saw this video and were swayed by it will refuse to show up. Maybe they will show up and vote for Graham. Who knows? What I do know is Graham absolutely has an advantage if this goes to a runoff.

Spoiler alert: Nothing will change, business as usual for incumbency-is-king South Carolina.

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dwar April 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Wow, this is sooooooo disappointing coming from the Bright Camp. I guess they will stoop to slander now. Keep it clean people. Maybe time to check out Cash.

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Jim April 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Very disappointing. Its a shame that Senator Bright has a couple lowlife supporters who are actually hurting his image. The Senator could put an end to this with a phone call, and should.

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Not so Bright April 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

It’s been 8 months since he jumped in, ain’t done it yet, what makes you think he will do that now. Not so Bright!

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Truth Hurts April 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Truth hurts. Conner likes to park his weiner somewhere other than Mrs. Conner’s boner garage.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 6:27 pm

And Lee Bright supports these alcoholic nut jobs because he is a nutjob. Bright will never get my vote regardless of the outcome of the primary. I’ll write in someone or skip that section of the ballot. Hell, Lindsay Graham would be better than a whacked out Libertarian nut case.

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Big time jones April 1, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Now I know I’m not voting for Bright. Knew I wasn’t voting for Bill “I’ve run for every office” Connor

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Lee Bright. The failed businessman who’s now in for 1.4 million for this kind of campaign. If Bright gets it, who is he going to be beholden to for his huge ass campaign debt? Gonna have to grease the skids once he gets to DC. Sounds like another Graham to me.

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rhowardbond2 April 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Is “cap and trade” moral?

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DisplacedinSC April 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

So…what’s this I hear about DUIs for these dudes? One of them wants to kill cops? These guys are unbelievable. No one wants this in the campaign. Please go away. And nice Hawaiian shirt, buddy. No one takes you seriously.

Not to mention that you are using someone’s Christian testimony against him. Come on.

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Donna Keyser April 1, 2014 at 6:39 pm

They continue to say this when they know it is totally false!!!!!….Bright needs to step up and stop this kind of false information.

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

He’s funding it.

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gregorybgeddings April 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Starting at 3:59 on this video I hear the sound of several tops being pulled on cans. Is it beer? Edible panties? Pork and Beans?

The tall gaunt fella does not say “alcoholic.” Listen real close. It sounds like “cockaholic” to me. Maybe the dude is mixing up his 12 step programs. He could be powerless over his pecker…

The first guy standing in front of his awards wall. I noticed the bronzed hat. Is it possible that, before he got this done, he forgot to remove his head?

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earleS April 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

This tells you all you need

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Blue Carrots April 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Not voting for Connor. And definitely not voting for Bright. Alright, now we are down to just four to choose from. Which one will it be?

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johnq April 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

You mean a REPUBLICAN run government school. That’s why these rubes sound retarded.

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anonymous RCSD 1 employee April 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

DEMOCRATS still run the SC schools, moron. They have for decades. Zais is clueless and the Democrat colonels run the place including Jean Toal’s sister placed there by Democrat Inez. Sheesh. Everybody knows that.

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Watching A Republican Lie April 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Only on this blog would someone seriously contend that the Democrats who have won exactly ONE statewide race in the past ten years are responsible for anything involving the state government of SC.I like how this dumbass Republican absolves his party of any blame by referring to the Republican Supt.Of Education as “clueless.”Hell,one could say that about EVERY Republican that he and his like minded Republicans have elected to office over the past ten years or so.

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Smirks April 2, 2014 at 9:14 am

Thank goodness all the Democrats keep Toal in power with absolutely no support from Republicans whatsoever.

Wait, what?

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dnhook April 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Wow. Thanks for removing all doubt about how damn stupid you are.

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GrandTango April 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Not ONE SINGLE REPUBLICAN voted for Obamacare..DUMB@$$….

PS: Are you confirming that liberal @$$holes hate Special Needs children..what a filthy pieced of $#!* you are…Your leftwing @$$ is not better than a SINGLE Special Needs child……no matter what Obama tells you…

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SCvoter April 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

The Bright campaign is out of money, so I guess they need to put out videos like this since they can’t afford real TV ads…

Interesting that the Bright people are targeting Connor, you would think they would be after Lindsey Graham (you know, the incumbent???)

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Not So April 1, 2014 at 9:02 pm

He ain’t too Bright now is he.

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earleS April 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

This tells you all you need to know about Lee Bright and his crew of chumps. He has no experience with international relations, foreign affairs or a strong military to maintain peace through strength. Bill Connor has all this experience plus a college degree and legal training, of which Lee Bright has none either.

Bright’s business failed due to inept financial management while Bill Connor and his partner have run a successful business. At the end of this quarter, his campaign’s financial situation has apparently gone the way of his business. So this is what we get… dirty tricks, slander and spite. We’re supposed to be on the same side… getting rid of Big Government Lindsey Graham. Sometime, however, ego and spite get the best of folks and puts their character in perspective.

The fact that this blog takes it upon themselves to “pile on”, says something about it too. It illustrates this blog is a gutter tabloid rather than a meaningful source of information, an no better than the Lee Bright chumps.

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Dan Tripp April 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

did you hear the pop-a-tops in the background? Homies getting the PBR’s ready! Yeeeehaw!

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ODC April 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Brad Hutto: Jean Toal called and you need to wash her car before she leaves town Thursday afternoon. Be sure you clean the interior better than last time.

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GrandTango April 1, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hmmm: An ignorant redneck shilling for Bright, is about as effective as a talent-less, liberal political hack, running a website, kissing the @$$ of Mace…Don’t give either (Bright or Mace) much of a chance.

On the other hand: Connor should pay FITS to bash him. The more FITS hates you, the more Conservative you likely are…

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Smirks April 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

Connor should pay FITS

Interesting. Who said he doesn’t?

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GrandTango April 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

Can you prove he does..or is this just another political innuendo that filthy democrat dirty trick operatives thrive on…since you fail at governing…

In other words: are you a lair (see liberal) or do you have something you can prove???

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RogueElephant April 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I had heard the Bright campaign was about over. From what I see here it looks that way and none too soon. Anyone who stoops to this level not only doesn’t deserve to win they deserve to lose big. This was all vetted in the Lt. Gov. race four years ago. To drag it back up shows what the Bright campaign really is. CRAP. I hope this backfires big time.

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GrandTango April 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

You are correct: And are you including a backfire splatter all over Mace-FITS, too???…because he and Mace are trying to ride the same dirty pony, Bright is…

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Festus April 1, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Aren’t these geniuses on Bright’s steering committee? Bill has been married for 23 yrs which speaks volumes in today’s climate. Also his military record does as well. Maj Gen Paul Vallely and Lt. Col Bill Cowan both have endorsed him and I doubt they would support someone who doesn’t represent the military well. Funny how the author of this (unnamed) can decide who’s faith is real or not! There’s a thing called repentance and we all have to repent and turn away from evil. Bill and his wife are doing well and raising a wonderful family.

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ABG April 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Bill has a problem with vets. He didn’t win them last time he ran for office and he’s not getting them now.

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Pussy Wagon April 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm

To people who are stupid enough to give Lee Bright $: he will never win. Never. And he doesnt have to give your $ back.

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Dumb arse April 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

But he can pay himself mileage, and lots of it apparently. He’s figured out how to add to his salary.

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Pussy Wagon April 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Always respect people who are either fighting to be the biggestvloser or think god called them to beat lindsay. I have known det bowers my entire life and he has never been called to Africa, s america, or even a soup kitchen in Irmo but the lord NEEDS him in the US Senate. Please. The Ivan the terrible chamber in the SE corner if hell has Dets name on the door. What would Jesus do? Not run for US Senate

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Truth Wizard April 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

Thomas Ravenel and his drug induced mind …. Who wants a druggie to represent them anyway? Other druggies? He needs to get off his fucking high horse and look at himself as the majority of the public sees him, which is ‘corrupt and fucked up.” … Pretentious narcissist need serious cognitive therapy. In other words, Ravenel (like Graham) has a sickness between his ears. Both are also psychopaths, who wear a mask of deception. Tommy needs to put down the crack pipe. And Graham needs to give up the Gay Porn.

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Inciteful April 2, 2014 at 6:15 am

These two “chemically compromised”, fundimentalist good ole boys are themselves breaking the ninth commandment: “Thou shalt not witness the bearing of falsies.”

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Christian Adams April 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

We have all done things in the past that we regret, or even absolutely disgust ourselves. I submit to the readers that they take a second and reflect on their past. What have you done to learn from your mistakes? What have you done to make yourselves a better person? Although not condoning any extra-marital affairs, this incident happened many, many moons ago. Since then, this candidate, Bill Connor, has become a devout Christian, served his Country on active duty honorably- and I might add, continues to do so- raised a family, and changed himself for the better in his business and professional life. As a fellow Christian, we must always look inward before throwing stones at another. No one in life is perfect- but it is what we do in life that counts the most, and more particularly how we handle our mistakes and make reprimands for what we have done. At of all the candidates, it comes down to experience and what that can bring to an office. I for one have seen more positive attributes in Bill Connor and what he can bring to the Senate seat more than any other candidate out there-including Graham. He is a practicing and faithful Christian. He knows more about foreign policy than all candidates combined. He brings a truly Constitutional outlook to how our government should be run, and not one of what it has become. Because of this, he will represent his constituents in this manner. He is a family man. He has made mistakes, but has learned from them and flourished because of them. He believes in our Nation. He knows our enemies more than anyone by being on the front lines in theater. He is an honorable and caring man. Take two minutes to talk with him and most will realize. He is the only candidate that I have reached out to that answers my questions without fluff and with conviction. I for one will vote for him, because I for one believe in him, and what he has become. I suggest others do the same, before getting drawn into political slander and rooting up the past.

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Just say no April 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Bill Connor cares about Bill Connor. Not voting for him.

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Inciteful April 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

These two “rednecks” give renecks a bad reputation. They have broken the ninth commandment: “Thou shalt not witness the bearing of falsies.”

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Smirks April 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

Let he who is without sin sling the first mud.

(Jesus calls first dibs!)

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Town Crier April 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

Your bros poppin’ open a few cold ones while the tape is rolling adds such…ambiance. Nice touch, Boodrow.

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Richard the Long April 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Meanwhile Lindsey is sitting back smiling that dumbass smile and enjoying watching South Carolina amateur hour. Probably also watching Thomas Ravenel commit TV suicide, however in good ‘ol SC that may get you elected. Regardless neither of these two numbnuts have a prayer in hell of being elected. Nancy Mace should have kept her gig at FITS she is gonna need it back.

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Philip Branton April 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Great Psyops propaganda…!!!

Too bad our states media does not educate viewers about these types of stunts by actually getting these two rascals in to be interviewed. Heck, are these two fine men actual residents and taxpayers of South Carolina or are they from Alabama..?

As far as this coverage by Wil Folks and FItsnews, lets hope these two men are not proven to be network administrators on the Fitsnews website server “farm”…!

As far as Lee Bright and Bill Connor are concerned….LIndsey Graham says “Thank YOU”..!!

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Amanda April 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I had it wrong. I figured Lee bright to be honorable but seeing some of the trash coming from his camp has made me reconsider.
I always intended to vote for Bill Connor in this race but I never thought this race would result in such disgusting behavior between people united under one cause. We all want to remove Lindsey Graham from the US senate……. or do we?
Perhaps those nasty liars work for another, more sinister cause. Just maybe they have motives that would result in just the opposite.
The thought of a runoff between Lindsey Graham and Bill Connor really could shake Lindsey Graham up. Number one, Bill isn’t in debt, has a job with a salary comparable to what a sitting senator makes, has a strong background in foreign policy, is a Christian, is a hero with credentials and is well known in the state.
The only thing that Lindsey could use against Bill (but probably wouldn’t want to go there) is a mistake made well over 12 yrs ago, in his personal life. Most folks would say that only Christ is perfect and move on from that. On the other hand, if there is a runoff between Lee Bright and Lindsey Graham, then the attack ads will say that Bright is 3 mil debt, has no job, has shady looking dealings with his campaign manager, has zero experience in foreign policy and whatever else that FitsNews digs up and post about Lee bright. So given what I just said, Graham would much rather go in a runoff against Lee bright than Bill Connor.
The nasty, small minded, creeps that made this video may have been planted in the bright camp by Lindsey Graham to hurt Bill Connors chances to make the runoff.
I’ve looked into Bill Connors background and the video is full of lies. That should be enough grounds for a lawsuit. It will be interesting to see what happens when the liars have to pay up.

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Logan Smith May 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

Why do all of you hate Bright so much?

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