He's one of our major problems in the Senate. His bipartisan support over the years has undermined conservative efforts every since he teamed up with McCain. I think SC is finally taken enough and it's about time we take a stand.
Sen. Lindsey Graham censured, again - Andy Barr - POLITICO.com
By ANDY BARR | 1/5/10 12:35 PM EST
Updated: 1/6/10 4:51 AM EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has been censured for a second time in the last three months by members of the South Carolina GOP.
In a resolution approved Monday by the Lexington County Republican Party, Graham was attacked for working with Democratic leaders in the Senate on cap-and-trade legislation.
“U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham through his support of a cap-and-trade bill, reiterates his support for government intervention in the private sector in direct contradiction of the Republican principle of free markets, as stated by the Republican party platform,” reads the resolution, which also accuses Graham of having “debased” Republican principles.
“U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has repeatedly demonstrated contempt and belligerence towards those members of the Republican Party who support freedom, a constitutional government and the Republican Party platform,” the resolution continues.
“Therefore, let it be resolved that the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee must regretfully censure U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and is grieved to respectfully request that the South Carolina Republican Party rescind the 2009 resolution commending U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, for his positions do not reflect a complete belief in the South Carolina Republican party platform and do not serve the interests of South Carolinians.”
Graham was censured over the same issue in November by the Charleston County GOP. In their resolution, the local Republican Party charged Graham with showing a “condescending attitude” toward the GOP’s grass roots.
The South Carolina Republican has been at odds with his state’s most conservative wing for years, most notably for his support of immigration reform. But since announcing he was willing to work with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on climate change issues, some of the state’s most aggressive conservative activists have put Graham in their sites.
Graham attacked the author of the resolution – Talbert Black, the Interim State Director for Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty – in an interview with POLITICO, and argued that the Lexington County GOP has been taken over by activists that do not truly represent the GOP.
“The author of the resolution says that both parties are a joke and that you need to work outside of the parties. He has never voted for a Republican nominee for president in his life,” Graham said. “I’d argue that his criticism is not from that of a Republican, but from someone who is out of the mainstream politically.”
“It’s hard to take a guy seriously as a Republican Party leader when he’s never voted for a Republican for president,” he added.
“You have these Ron Paul guys show up and try to take over the party,” the senator said. “They are not reflective of the Republican Party. And I hope this serves as a wakeup call to Republicans that they need to get involved.”