Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Challengers to South Carolina Senator Are Lining Up on the Right
The New York Times ^ | August 25, 2013 | Kim Severson

Posted on 08/26/2013 8:59:15 AM PDT by Resettozero

LAKE WYLIE, S.C. — Some of the early shots in the Republican primary battle against Senator Lindsey Graham have been fired from this tiny community on the northern border of the state where the Civil War began.

Mr. Graham's challengers so far in the Republican primary campaign include Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel.

A small group called Carolina Conservatives United, one of dozens organized loosely under the flag of limited government, low taxes and strict adherence to the Constitution, sent out images last week of a milk carton bearing Mr. Graham’s face and asked Gov. Nikki R. Haley to issue the state’s version of an Amber Alert to find its missing senator.

“Lindsey Graham has not been seen in the state of South Carolina for most of the last two years,” said Bruce Carroll, the chairman of the group.

Conservatives in South Carolina are eager to oust Mr. Graham, who has enraged the far right for, among other things, reaching across the aisle on immigration and supporting President Obama’s nominations for the Supreme Court. Tea Party supporters called him a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood when, instead of heading home for the Congressional break this month, he went to Egypt at the request of the president.

But to stand a chance against the politician who succeeded Strom Thurmond in 2003, conservatives will have to win a civil war of their own. At least 40 groups align themselves along Tea Party and Libertarian lines, and trying to unify them to topple the state’s senior senator will be no easy task.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; 911truthers; brucecarroll; gopprimary; graham; leebright; lindseygraham; nancymace; paultards; randsconcerntrolls; sc2014; southcarolina; tpino
Fair assessment of how things are now in S.C. before the June 10, 2014 Republican primary.
1 posted on 08/26/2013 8:59:15 AM PDT by Resettozero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

I heard State Senator Lee Bright interviewed and he sounds very inspiring. He impressed me as a solid Tea Party advocate and came across as being much better than John McCain’s friend.


2 posted on 08/26/2013 9:12:24 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stylecouncilor

...ping....


3 posted on 08/26/2013 9:13:30 AM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

Actually, the number of primary challengers is unimportant. If Graham fails to get 50% of the vote, it forces a runoff between the top two vote getters. That would be when the real primary fight occurs, and if SC voters are pissed off enough, Graham will be tossed out.


4 posted on 08/26/2013 9:14:04 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lonevoice

Take that, GOPe!


5 posted on 08/26/2013 9:22:20 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]



Throw this RINO fairy out of office.

WE are Free Republic!!! ALL of us!!!
Please Contribute Today!

6 posted on 08/26/2013 9:31:47 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

Wouldn’t you think the 40 could just get together and pick on viable candidate and forget the squabbling until Lindsay is gone - gone?


7 posted on 08/26/2013 9:41:08 AM PDT by Flint
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: catnipman

Go, tea party!! Retire McCain’s lapdog.


8 posted on 08/26/2013 9:42:18 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

The RSC plan: divide and conquer. Flood the field with candidates and dilute the anti-Graham percentages so Lyndsey’s 33% carries him to victory.


9 posted on 08/26/2013 9:48:09 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero; All; cotton1706
You must have missed today's earlier thread on this same article.

Some great commentary and links on that thread.

10 posted on 08/26/2013 9:52:36 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

“Fair assessment of how things are now in S.C. before the June 10, 2014 Republican primary.”

Well, SC congressman Bob Inglis, a big RINO, was also assured by the leftist media that he would win re-election. He was defeated in the june, 2010 primary by conservative Trey Gowdy, who is the current representative. Gowdy got 71% of the vote vs Gowdy’s 29%.


11 posted on 08/26/2013 10:00:05 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave

Oops.

Gowdy got 71% of the vote vs Inglis’ 29%.


12 posted on 08/26/2013 10:03:13 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross; moder_ator

You are correct. I searched “Challengers” and did not turn up this very same post two hours earlier. That’s my explanation and I’m sticking with it, not matter how indefensible it may be.

MODERATOR: PLEASE PULL THIS DUPLICATE THREAD.


13 posted on 08/26/2013 10:06:30 AM PDT by Resettozero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero
why was it necessary to mention the Confederacy? Not relevant to anything today, let alone conservative Republicans. Just NYT with its propaganda again.
14 posted on 08/26/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero; Admin Moderator
I say leave this thread too. It is in breaking news and a very worthwhile article.

I only provided the link to the other thread so that some of the previously commentary is available to those interested.

15 posted on 08/26/2013 10:10:10 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

I think 80 percent of SC people think Graham is “conservative”. And people in SC do not easily shed their own misperceptions.


16 posted on 08/26/2013 10:17:44 AM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave

I had forgotten about Inglis, who I believe was conservative in his first term until he started flirting with DC liberals.


17 posted on 08/26/2013 10:18:48 AM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
Well, SC congressman Bob Inglis, a big RINO, was also assured by the leftist media that he would win re-election. He was defeated in the june, 2010 primary by conservative Trey Gowdy, who is the current representative. Gowdy got 71% of the vote vs Inglis' 29%.

Both represent(ed) my district and I remember well what happened. You may think Bob Inglis was a big RINO, but there were other reasons why he was not re-elected to the House or elected to the Senate. We wanted someone more bold and steadfast. Bob, a fine man, just didn't stand up to the Washington pressure as well as we wanted.
18 posted on 08/26/2013 10:27:59 AM PDT by Resettozero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

I think we should go by the policy of:

“It is better to have the enemy you know than the traitor in your midst”

I say primary him and if we lose to a Dim-o-crap at least we know to work against him in a forward battle, and we don’t have to keep watching our own backs for holes...

If a poodle with a block of cheese tied to it’s backs beats Lind-seed in the primary and only gets one vote in the general, it would be worth it for that reason alone...


19 posted on 08/26/2013 10:37:07 AM PDT by GraceG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

All but one needs to get out of the race.


20 posted on 08/26/2013 10:40:41 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

unless South Carolina has closed primary and run offs

multiple candidates ensure Graham wins

here in TN we can run only one against Lamar


21 posted on 08/26/2013 10:42:02 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wardaddy

Open primary, 50%+ required to avoid run-off. More the merrier, a la Texas’ Ted Cruz.


22 posted on 08/26/2013 11:03:19 AM PDT by Resettozero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: catnipman; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Actually, the number of primary challengers is unimportant. If Graham fails to get 50% of the vote, it forces a runoff between the top two vote getters. That would be when the real primary fight occurs, and if SC voters are pissed off enough, Graham will be tossed out.

Good post with good information, thank you. Assuming a runoff is forced, and it certainly looks possible, Graham's challenger can expect campaign donations from all across the nation.

23 posted on 08/26/2013 11:29:28 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

I am really hoping Tim Scott has clear sailing. He would be as worthy a successor for DeMint as I could hope.


24 posted on 08/26/2013 11:36:43 AM PDT by MovementConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lonevoice

When Sen Hatch had a tea party challenger, Mark Levin and others stepped up to defend him and make sure the Senate still had it’s old bulls.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 11:41:18 AM PDT by MovementConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: MovementConservative

I agree. We are electing TWO U.S. Senators next year and, since he’s been relatively quiet, it’s easy to forget Tim Scott has to be elected for the first time.


26 posted on 08/26/2013 11:53:54 AM PDT by Resettozero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

I hope the SC Conservatives whittle their support down to one and the best one, and NOT leaving the Conservative vote split against the incumbant in the primary.


27 posted on 08/26/2013 11:57:22 AM PDT by Wuli
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MovementConservative

I’ll guarantee you that not a single one of the conservative talkers will support Graham.


28 posted on 08/26/2013 11:57:30 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

Ask Linda Graham to describe a pink slip.


29 posted on 08/26/2013 1:11:21 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: catnipman

“...and if SC voters are pissed off enough,” They are pissed. Believe me.I can’t find a single Linda supporter here in SC.


30 posted on 08/26/2013 2:24:34 PM PDT by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MovementConservative

I had this feeling Graham would lose the primary and then run third party against Scott. If there is some sort of benefit in running in that class.


31 posted on 08/26/2013 3:16:11 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

“...came across as being much better than John McCain’s friend.”
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

My neighbor’s hound dog comes across as being much better than John McCain’s friend.


32 posted on 08/26/2013 9:21:40 PM PDT by RipSawyer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: upchuck; SC Swamp Fox

SC / Lady Linda ping!


33 posted on 08/26/2013 11:42:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Slings and Arrows; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; ...
Thanks for the ping S&A.

Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."


Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me


34 posted on 08/27/2013 3:48:37 AM PDT by upchuck (My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: All

They compare anyone going against Graham as a Civil War nut.


35 posted on 08/27/2013 9:17:59 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: VerySadAmerican

I still fear that SC voters are too uninformed to defeat “Loveable Lindsey”.


36 posted on 08/27/2013 6:29:15 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Flint

One certainly would, were one a true pragmatist. It’s always better to win first and and come to necessary compromises afterwards.


37 posted on 08/27/2013 10:40:29 PM PDT by Postman (Flies get too litle credit. They know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.

You mean he became one of those political transvestites?


38 posted on 08/27/2013 10:43:55 PM PDT by Postman (Flies get too litle credit. They know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Resettozero

Good.
Primamry that punk’s ass outta there.


39 posted on 08/27/2013 10:54:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lonevoice

Graham’s challenger will get donations from all across the country


40 posted on 08/28/2013 5:27:44 PM PDT by Josa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson