Skip to comments.SC Sen. Bright readies for possible US Senate run
Posted on 04/06/2013 11:33:03 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) State Sen. Lee Bright thinks America is at a vital crossroads and must make the right decisions to survive. The Spartanburg County lawmaker's political career seems to be at a similar juncture, as he decides whether to cash in on his conservative credentials and take on U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 Republican primary.
Bright hasn't definitively announced he is running. But he has thrown out plenty of signs. He spent the winter touring the state, holding public hearings for his bill eliminating the need for a permit to carry a gun in public. He said Graham's criticism of a filibuster by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a darling of tea party and other conservative Republicans, nearly pushed him over the edge. And he was the first guest of Glenn Beck as the talk show host is auditioning people to beat Graham in 2014.
"We've got a choice. Either we're going to have a nation or we're not," Bright told Beck. "If we don't get behind Rand Paul and what he is trying to do and the Ted Cruz's of the world, I don't think we can survive. We're at the tipping point. People have realized they can vote away the possession of others. They can even get a free cellphone. We're at a point if we don't make our stand now, there will be nothing to stand for."
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RINO in season folks. Get ready!
Grahamnesty’s days are numbered
I really, really pray we can get every Freeper behind this effort and every poster at every other grassroots conservative website because this will be an enormous effort.
Once we have a candidate (this guy is a leading contender) then we need to be able to fund him. Graham will have MILLIONS of dollars. This is arguably one of the most important targets in 2014 to get rid of this piece of trash.
There is going to be a massive effort on facebook and elsewhere (I and others will see to that). Former supporters of Ron Paul detest Graham and consider him to be a top target but we cannot do it alone.
We will be planning moneybombs and other events to help the candidate compete effectively and communicate his message to the good people of SC.
We hope to have talk radio on board and grassroots organizations like Club 4 Growth. Glenn Beck and Mark Levin have already said they have had it with Graham and will hopefully be able to help get the word out.
This will be a big effort but if we pull it off it will send a HUGE message to the GOP establishment.
Bright is my new hero. Past time to kick Linda Graham out and bring in some fresh Conservative meat. Pi$$ off Graham!
I’m on upchuck’s ping list and keeping abreast of SC politics.
You can add me to yours, if you wish.
I’ll be happy to back the strongest TEA Party candidate to unseat Linda!
"We've got a choice. Either we're going to have a nation or we're not," Bright told Beck. "If we don't get behind Rand Paul and what he is trying to do..."
I’ve been hoping for years for this low life RINO to be primaried and now finally someone is going to try! I really have no confidence in the ballot box accomplishing much anymore, but it would be worth it to see this open border gun grabbing appeaser politically DEEP SIXED into oblivion!
A defeat for Sen Graham would pose a problem. Would he stay in town, or would he do a long-range commute to continue dating Sen. McCain?
When he announces, I will send him money.
>>Grahamnestys days are numbered
That’s what people thought the last time he stood for election. If (BIG if) the state GOP doesn’t protect Grahamnesty from a primary challenge like last time, SC is an open primary state; so the Dhimmis won’t run a candidate and will just have all their people vote in the GOP primary for the “best Democrat they could hope for”. Add to that the warchest that Grahamnesty will have amassed and it’s not going to be easy to remove him.
thanks, you’re a patriot.
I doubt Dems will want to vote in a GOP primary.
They might also want to boost the challenger thinking they can beat him (which they can’t) in November.
Yes, it’s going to be difficult with his war chest of special interest cash but we’re going to force him to campaign and give him a bloody nose and you never know what can happen.
eGOP will run attack ads...
They will do whatever to protect their own...bought and sold RINO's
I hope nobody buys it...
Is this guy the one to do it..and also win the general election? Is he getting the nod just because he's the first to announce? Any other possibilities?
Once you all have settled on a conservative to oppose Graham, you MUST get DeMint to endorse the person. If DeMint isn't willing to endorse, then I don't think you have a chance of pulling it off.
This guy has been a state senator since 2008 and is pretty solid and is a good candidate.
DeMint is tied to the GOP and no one in the GOP is going to endorse against an incumbent like RINO. Not even Palin does that. No one endorses against an incumbent.
The challenger will be on their own. He will have to work hard around the state reaching out to primary voters and we must have his back and help him raise the money to compete.
Forget about endorsements. It won’t happen. The GOP will close ranks and always do when there’s an incumbent. It’s down to the candidate and his supporters to get out there and convince the primary voters.
Lindsey won’t need any help from GOPe types, he has $10m!!
But he’s a walking disaster and i’m confident if we get him into a campaign he will trip himself up and p^ss off enough people.
His support is soft and I can’t imagine him having much of a grassroots in the state. If Bright can build an effective grassroots operation and drag him into a campaign and who knows even get him into the debates he might catch fire. Under these circumstances it doesn’t matter how much Graham spends it might not save him. Dewhurst spent a fortune in Texas and it didn’t stop Cruz. Lugar and Bob Bennett had millions in campaign cash too but they were defeated. It can happen.
“I really, really pray we can get every Freeper behind this effort and every poster at every other grassroots conservative website because this will be an enormous effort.....”
I hope we can pull this off and get rid of this weak sister. He’s a disgrace to Republicans in a conservative state such as South Carolina.
I’ll be supporting his best primary opponent. It actually won’t hurt for there to be multiple Republican challengers if that helps keep him from getting the 50% needed to avoid a primary—and thereby needing to go to a run-off. A run-off is the best chance to defeat him—similar to the approach Ted Cruz’ took to defeat RINO David Dewhurst (the GOPe candidate) in Texas.
It will be important that a competitive ‘Rat primary is held also so the Dem’s get out in vote in that primary (thus making them ineligible to vote in a SC Republican run-off if I’m understanding SC election law correctly).
Unfortunately, with his name recognition and large campaign war chest, little Lindsey will be difficult to knock off—but it’s definitely possible. It will be important that ALL true conservatives be dedicated to getting rid of this fraud who betrays conservatives at every opportunity.
Please oh please South Carolina toss lindsey out with the kitty litter box where he belongs
Yes, it’s an uphill battle but definitely doable if the right candidate is prepared to drive all over the state and meet the voters and make his case.
Graham has been sanctioned by several counties in SC so there will be a nice source of in-state activists who will likely help in a grassroots effort.
Lindsey relies on his name recognition, the fact that he’s been around forever and that he can use his war chest and influence in Congress to buy loyalty from county chairman and party stalwarts.
To knock him off you need to generate excitement, an actual race and wake up the voters and overwhelm his “soft” supporters, the kind who turn out even when it’s only him on the ballot! If there’s an actual race then we can outnumber them. I dont think he has any grassroots... how could he? he’s terrible!
Is Trey Goudy a RINO? He seems to be in Grahamnesty’s camp. I am concerned since he is head of the House immigration committee.
I’ve no idea but every elected official will support/endorse the incumbent no matter what. That’s how the GOP works.
>>I doubt Dems will want to vote in a GOP primary.
>>They might also want to boost the challenger thinking they can beat him (which they cant) in November.
The Dems voted for Graham last time when the Dems didn’t run a candidate in the primary (which is how Conley was able to run as a dem). Since it’s pretty much a given that whoever wins the GOP primary wins the general, the dhimmi’s are NOT going to vote for a conservative. The SC Dems are already on record calling Graham “the best Democrat they could hope to elect”.
Anybody trying to get rid of Shamnesty is OK by me.
“Is this guy the one to do it..and also win the general election?”
We don’t know. Let’s hold a primary election and see who shows up. South Carolina has a good farm team of conservatives and patriots. Join us and give us your input.
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