On Monday, Breitbart News reported that South Carolina Tea Party activists have drafted a resolution calling for the replacement of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., citing 29 points against the Republican senator.
In August, the Chesterfield County GOP passed the resolution with 98 percent of those present voting to approve the measure.
"This reflects the continued frustration of many in the party with officials who are elected as Republicans and then seem to forget the doctrine of the party when they assume office," Joshua Cook wrote.
“The Chesterfield County Republican Party upholds traditional conservative Republican principles and we expect those who are elected under its banner to also adhere to this same standard,” said Chesterfield County GOP Executive Committeeman Glenn Gulledge. “Lindsey Graham has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party."
"The 29 points documented in this censure clearly illustrate this trend and make it clear that he is not consistently representing some of our most valued, time-honored tenets,” he added.
Cook posted four of the major points of contention the county has with Graham:
- Senator Graham’s attempt to reward those who break the laws of our country with amnesty.
- The continued support the Senator offers in the arming of elements of Al Qaida, sworn enemies of the United States, in the Middle East.
- His belief that government spying on American citizens without due process is an acceptable practice.
- The disregard he showed for other Republicans in their attempt to prevent further erosion of our Second Amendment rights.
The resolution also highlights some of Graham's record.
In August of 2007, for example, Graham supported a Democratic bill granting amnesty to illegal immigrants even though it did not prevent new illegal immigration. Graham even thanked former Sen. Ted Kennedy for his work on the bill and said he was “going to tell the bigots to shut up."
The resolution also says that in May 2005, Graham was one of the infamous “Gang of 14” who voted with Democrats to prevent Republicans from overriding Democrat blockage of Republican judicial nominees, and Graham criticized the South Carolina GOP for defending the Republican Party platform in October 2009.
"We're not going to be the party of angry white guys," Graham said, according to the resolution.
He also suggested limiting free speech after a Florida pastor burned a Koran.
"I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war," he told CBS' Bob Schieffer.
The resolution said Graham "supported granting members of the Muslim Brotherhood high level positions in the US government" and criticized Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., for raising the issue.
He also "supported giving foreign aid to terrorist governments in the Middle East," the resolution adds, and supported efforts to subordinate American sovereignty to the United Nations.
Matthew Boyle characterized the resolution as "arguably the most comprehensive document ever compiled about Lindsey Graham."
The resolution “condemns the actions taken above by Lindsey Graham as fundamentally inconsistent with the South Carolina Republican Party Platform," arguing that “as a result of the actions taken by Lindsey Graham he has lost the confidence of this body, which resolves that he should be replaced as Senator for the State of South Carolina at the earliest possible electoral opportunity.”
Three people have so far stepped forward to challenge Graham: State Senator Lee Bright; Richard Cash, a former Congressional candidate; and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate from the Citadel.
While the New York Times heaped praise on Mace, Examiner.com's Steven H. Ahle endorsed Bright, calling him the "next Ted Cruz."
"Bright has a 100% score from the South Carolina Club For Growth and a 92% conservative rating from the conservative union," Ahle said. "He has been consistent in his conservative beliefs and does not shy away from battle, even within his own party."
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