The Charleston Country branch Republican Party voted Monday to censure Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for not being conservative enough. “He really represents the establishment and the ‘usual’ in Washington,” one member said after the 39-32 vote to censure Graham.
The vote was immediately condemned by an RNC official as “dumb,” for being issued less than a month before the state’s GOP primary.
But censuring Graham has become a thing in South Carolina. The Charleston County branch previously censured Graham in November 2009 for doing everything from supporting TARP to working on John McCain’s immigration bill. The Lexington County Republican Party then censured Graham in early 2010 for, among other things, working on a cap-and-trade compromise. Next, the Fairfield County GOP censured Graham in 2013 with an overwhelming 82% of the vote for siding with Democrats on various issues. One month later, the Greenville GOP voted to censure Graham by a 2-to-1 margin. And earlier this year, the Pickens County GOP censured Graham with 78% of its members’ support for holding beliefs “fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party.” And that’s not an exhaustive list.
Until recently Graham was viewed as vulnerable to a tea party challenge, but he has managed thus far to keep his six opponents at bay. The primary is June 10.
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