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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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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: leebright; lindseygraham; southcarolina; tedcruz
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To: ken5050

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.

21 posted on 04/06/2013 1:57:24 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: Popman

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.

22 posted on 04/06/2013 2:01:51 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

“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.

23 posted on 04/06/2013 2:19:44 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: JohnPDuncan

Please oh please South Carolina toss lindsey out with the kitty litter box where he belongs

24 posted on 04/06/2013 2:30:24 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: House Atreides

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!

25 posted on 04/06/2013 2:43:00 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

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.

26 posted on 04/06/2013 2:49:32 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

I’ve no idea but every elected official will support/endorse the incumbent no matter what. That’s how the GOP works.

27 posted on 04/06/2013 3:03:17 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

>>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.

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”.

28 posted on 04/06/2013 3:09:55 PM PDT by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: cotton1706

me too

29 posted on 04/06/2013 3:12:40 PM PDT by my right
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To: JohnPDuncan

Anybody trying to get rid of Shamnesty is OK by me.

30 posted on 04/06/2013 4:11:42 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ken5050

“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.

31 posted on 04/06/2013 5:13:07 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: MachIV

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32 posted on 04/06/2013 8:54:20 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (After serious considerations, continue with meaningless venting .)
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