Skip to comments.Lindsey Graham Uses Savvy, Experience to Deter Challenges
Posted on 04/23/2014 8:12:32 AM PDT by cotton1706
When Sen. Lindsey Graham learned that the Tea Party planned to challenge his re-election bid this year, the South Carolina Republican set about outmaneuvering them, reports Politico.
The political veteran, who seldom has faced Republican opposition during two decades in Congress, prepped for what an aide called Armageddon. Graham enlisted an army of staff and volunteers including some 5,200 precinct captains, amassed an $11.6 million war chest and blanketed the state with more than $1 million worth of ads promoting his work.
Graham also deterred the Tea Partys favorite, conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney, from running against him by demonstrating his power with the GOP leadership.
When Mulvaney wanted a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, Graham put in a word with his longtime friend, Speaker John Boehner, to make it happen. He also let Mulvaney and other potential rivals know that he had the means to help with their districts needs.
Mulvaney eventually decided not to take him on. Not being able to win is a really good reason not to run, he explained.
Politico says Graham also has brokered a deal with the states Tea Party-backed junior Sen. Tim Scott, who wont risk annoying his supporters by endorsing Graham, but has agreed not to criticize him. I have a primary thats where my focus is, Scott said.
At the local level, Graham is offering his advice and money to inexperienced candidates.
Over the past twelve years, he has donated more than $150,000 to the South Carolina Republican Party through his campaign and political action committee. He says his approach is modelled after his predecessor, he late Sen. Strom Thurmond.
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Sad that South Carolina falls for this clown. If it was California and he was running for United States Senator, I would be more accepting, but one of the reddest states in the country? No way! You guys can do better.
Just like Mitchy, McLame and Bonehead.
If they worked this hard in Congress, they wouldn’t have to worry about loosing their jobs.
How do they separate the men in Lindsey Graham’s office? With a crow bar.
Hey Maryland, the primary is June 10th with a possible run-off three weeks later. Can you hold off lambasting us until then? Please and thank you.
Ok. I will. However, this is not Lindsey’s first rodeo. Best of luck to you South Carolina folks.
Just my thought. If some of these guys applied the same effort to doing what they were elected for as they do to getting re-elected they wouldn’t have to expend so much effort & money.
I understand what you are implying, but I remember vividly the primary which had nothing to do with Sarah.....Lindsey won overwhelmingly and was the nominee.
No biggie.....Have a good one. Are you watching “The Middle”? I just love this show! That is the only show I watch on Wednesday night. I used to watch Survivor but haven’t in a few years.
That would be a negative to the TV show.