As he calls for an “aggressive U.S. strike in Syria,” war drum major Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.; pictured) is facing a battle for reelection at home in the Palmetto State.
It’s not the threat of a challenger from the Democratic Party that puts Graham’s political career in jeopardy; instead, it’s a cadre of constitutional conservatives who are aiming for Graham’s seat. In an article published August 25, the New York Times provided a summary of three people who “have stepped forward to challenge Mr. Graham in the June primary: State Senator Lee Bright; Richard Cash, a former Congressional candidate; and Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel and, at the moment, the challenger whose political star is rising the fastest.” Bright, the Times notes, “tends to support extremely conservative legislation.”
An article in American Conservative describes the gauntlets being thrown down by Bright and Mace — the two GOP primary opponents with the most inertia — and lays out the evidence that could convince conservatives and libertarians to support their campaigns.
Bright, American Conservative reports, “endorsed Ron Paul for president in the Palmetto State’s pivotal primary, adding that his “campaign website blasts the slogan, ‘For Senate, for liberty.’”
Mace keeps pace, according to the magazine’s portrayal.
When Graham suggested that Rand Paul was soft on national defense, Mace decided to stand with Rand. She argued that instead of endorsing “President Obama’s intrusive arm of big brother regarding the collection of data and phone records,” we might instead revisit Graham’s policies of foreign aid and intervention.
“Most would agree with Senator Graham that radical Islam is the foremost threat to our nation’s security,” Mace continued. “However, if we are truly protecting Americans from this grave threat, then how does it make sense to supply arms and aid to countries who support radical Islam, bring harm to our allies, burn our flag, hate our culture and allow terrorists to plot against the United States and her friends?”
Bright went a step further. “I think the federal government is a lot more dangerous to our liberties and our freedoms than some radical Islamist coming in,” he told a conservative website, saying that vigilance was required but Graham has “got more faith and trust in the federal government than I do” regarding national surveillance.
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Photo of Sen. Lindsey Graham: AP Images