August 3rd, 2010
01:56 PM ET
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Another censure resolution for Lindsey Graham

 Sen. Lindsey Graham was censured by yet another GOP state county party Monday night.
Sen. Lindsey Graham was censured by yet another GOP state county party Monday night.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who often finds himself out of step with the most conservative elements of his party, was censured by yet another GOP county party committee Monday night.

In recent months, Graham has been censured by GOP party committees in Lexington and Charleston counties. On Monday, the Greenville GOP Executive Committee passed a censure resolution by a vote of 61-2.

"THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Greenville County Republican Party hereby issues this formal rebuke of Senator Graham for his cooperation and support of President Obama and the Democratic Party's liberal agenda for the United States," the resolution reads.

The resolution says Graham will no longer be invited to participate in meetings or other events sponsored by the Greenville County Republican Party, and alleges Graham has "abandoned the Republican platform."

As evidence, the resolution cites Graham's votes in favor of TARP, his stance on immigration and his vote in favor of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Graham has said he will also vote for Elena Kagan, President Obama's second nominee to the high court.

"While some of our friends in Greenville may not want to meet with Senator Graham, his door will always be open to them. Senator Graham respects those who disagree with him, but he strongly believes we need to keep an open dialogue," Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop said Tuesday in a statement to CNN.

Bishop went on to note that two of the Greenville County GOP's policy complaints were supported by former President George W. Bush, and that the same party committee censured Graham in 2007.

"In this last session of Congress, Senator Graham has voted with the Republican leadership over 92 percent of the time. And according to the American Conservative Union, he has a 90 percent lifetime conservative voting record. As to his votes on TARP and his support for immigration reform, on both issues he was following the leadership of our Republican President George W. Bush," Bishop said.

In January, the Lexington County Republican Party's censured Graham for supporting the 2008 financial bailout and working towards a compromise on cap-and-trade legislation.

At the time, Graham defended his conservative credentials.

"I have tried my best to be a conservative that can grow and build this party," Graham said, according to The State newspaper. "They have no desire to do that – I do."

– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report


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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Patriot

    Just more evidence that the Republican Party is shrinking to its wackiest most extreme numbers...this is what you will get America if you give them the keys to the car again in November!

    August 3, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Sam

    He votes 92% with the GOP, but of course these SC radicals want 100% regardless...

    August 3, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. cwalk

    where were these people when bush was in office.

    August 3, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Ed L

    What a pack of FASCISTS

    August 3, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Randi L.

    The South Carolina Republican Party went over a cliff some time ago. Most of the SC GOP party leaders and elected officials don't seem to know it though. It's that sudden stop at the bottom that will get their attention.

    August 3, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Edward

    Another farcical act in the comedy show called the Republican Party.

    August 3, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. rosec

    I guess the republicans are angry at Graham for voting for something that makes sense and not along party lines. At least the man has a mind of his own and realizes a good idea when he sees it, and is not afraid to support. HHMMM thinking, that would be a new one for the Republicans!!

    August 3, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Gaylon Barrow WHO IS NOT ASHAMED OF THE TRUTH.

    You ought to be more concerned with the piece of scum occupying the Oval Office with his feet up each morning on former President Rutherford B. Hayes' Antique Desk a gift from Queen Victoria to the White house. This man has no respect for the taxpayers of America and their house. That is the same as spitting on the Capital. His preachings that he attend from Rev Wright are showing through. G'D' America. That is what he thinks and that is what he and his hate filled wife desire. Look at the destruction of any federal housing that was given to these people if you think they respect anything. Or at least grateful. YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING. VOTE THESE DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE STARTING IN NOV. AND THIS IS NOT ANOTHER REPUBLICAN TALKING. THIS IS A FORMER DEMOCRAT WHO QUIT ONCE THIS MAN BECAME ELIGIBLE TO RUN FOR THE JOB. OH WHAT A TRAVESTY. AND IT IS NOT RACIST. THE MAN IS SIMPLY A MORON AND A MUSLIM WITH INTENTIONS OF OVERTHROWING OUR GOVERNMENT.

    August 3, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Texas Granny

    These censures only tell me that the GOP groups in question want a total "NO" policy when it comes to ANYTHING the Democrats or Obama support. I'm beginning to wonder if the Democrats proposed designating Apple Pie as an American favorite, would the Republicans oppose it? For God sake, people, quit this constant partisan bickering and start looking out for the overall good of everybody in this country, not just the ones in your particular party. (And that goes for BOTH parties!)

    August 3, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Chuck

    Lindsey Graham is a Benedict Arnold of the worst kind. He needs to be IMPEACHED by the Republican party of SC. What were they thinking of with this turncoat. Time fhey FIRED HIM and quickly.

    August 3, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. tk

    Good for him for standing up and being a man

    August 3, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Craig

    WOW....This guy is trying to get something done in congress by finding common ground, rather than the GOP its our way or no way. I got news for these clowns who think the are all going to get voted in to office because the are not Dem's. We havent forgot you guys failed policies, that caused most of the mess were in today.

    Good Job Lindsey!

    August 3, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    You gotta love it when the dimented neo-twits that comprise today's [R] party set off to eat their own.

    August 3, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Dano

    Once again the GOP shows that party loyalty is more important than loyalty to America. Every one of these creeps should be banished.

    August 3, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. KK

    It's sad that when politicians of different parties work together, they get in trouble. The problem with our politics is our politicians and their egos.

    August 3, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Mikey

    Ya think the GOP has completely given up on the "big tent" idea. It seems the message is "moderates need not apply." It's now the party of Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, and Tom Tancredo, Michelle Bachmann, and Sharon Angle. Wow, what a bunch of wackos.

    August 3, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. onlysanetexanleft

    Good 'ole south. So basically agreeing to anything that President Obama proposes or anyone he wants to appoint no matter how much it makes sense is an offense in South Carolina. The tea party's moving the right so far right that if the gain majority of the house in the fall watch out because the agenda will be 1) Impeachement
    2) Hearings on birth certifcates 3) More tax cuts for the rich 4)See Bush agenda.

    August 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. dcgonz

    That's right, god forbid we work together. They sound like grade schoolers...I'm not gonna talk to him anymore 'cause he makes me mad!

    August 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Bill

    I would tell those jerkwater pukes in Greenville county to piss off. No wonder the state is a laughing stock. We need more like Sen. Graham and the country would be the better for it.

    August 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Flagship, NC

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, is not part of the party of NO, NO, NO.
    He is from the party of NO, maybe, NO......
    That might not be such a bad thing.

    August 3, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. stevetall

    Yeah. We can't have anything that looks like cooperation from the Republican Party. God knows, they don't want to work together with OVER HALF OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION to get anything accomplished!

    Get a grip, you frightened, panicy, freaked-out hold-overs from the 1950s!

    August 3, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Please

    Party Purity First – what's best for American's last. Way to go GOP –

    thanks Senator Graham for not following your marching orders and trying to make America better for all, at least occasionally.

    August 3, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Paul

    There is no freedom in the Republican party. If you disagree you get censored. Simply put you must be true 100 % of the time or you simply do not belong.

    August 3, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. maine liberal

    "In this last session of Congress, Senator Graham has voted with the Republican leadership over 92 percent of the time. And according to the American Conservative Union, he has a 90 percent lifetime conservative voting record. As to his votes on TARP and his support for immigration reform, on both issues he was following the leadership of our Republican President George W. Bush," Bishop said.

    “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

    August 3, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Jilli

    Boy they sure grow 'em stupid in South Carolina. So basically, they locked the clubhouse door to Mr. Graham. Sounds like it's a win for Graham.

    August 3, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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