January 4th, 2010
10:05 PM ET
12 years ago

First on the Ticker: Graham censured again by county party in S.C.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/12/art.graham.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Lindsey Graham has frustrated grassroots conservatives in his home state for years."](CNN) - The Lexington County Republican Party in South Carolina voted late Monday to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham for his positions on several controversial issues, including his recent support for a compromise on cap-and-trade legislation.

The Lexington GOP is now the second county party organization in a matter of months to censure Graham after Charleston County leaders approved a similar resolution in November. But unlike Charleston County, Lexington is one of the most conservative counties in South Carolina and is considered a bellwether of Republican sentiment in the state.

The measure passed by a 13-7 vote after more than an hour of debate, according to Lexington County GOP chairman Rich Bolen. Four party members, including Bolen, abstained.

Along with criticizing his cap-and-trade support, Monday's censure resolution also rapped Graham for his vote in favor of the 2008 financial bailout and his outspoken support of immigration reform.

The grassroots activists who generally make up county party organizations have never been enthusiastic about their senior senator, who has frequently crossed party lines to work with Democrats in the Senate.

The language in Monday's censure resolution makes that sentiment clear. The measure criticizes Graham for failing to abide by the principles of the South Carolina GOP platform and accuses him of showing "contempt and belligerence" toward his fellow Republicans.

Read the resolution here.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Brian Frank

    Lindsey Graham sucks, I hope the rest of the SC counties do the same!

    January 4, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. http://twitter.com/whybs

    The Lexington GOP simply reaffirms its core values - bipartisanship hypocrisy! 🙁

    January 4, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. scott from MICH

    These right wing extremist are just Sick. I don't know what else to say. Bunch of Old Grey haired men Holding on for dear life to the Old Past. Afraid of minorities rising power – afraid of Women gaining power – afraid of a World community. One day .....may take a bit.....but one day THEY WILL fall aside and be a distant memory. But they will fight tooth and nail until it happens. But it most assuredly will come to pass

    January 4, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. J

    As for cap and tax, I agree the senators position is liberal and not well thought out. However, his vote for the bailout was necessary to keep currency afloat, and his stance on immigration reform is still a border security stance. Senator Graham is far from perfect, but he has been an able and heroic leader.

    January 4, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Watch out Lindsey or the teabaggers are going to get you. It doesn't matter if it's good for mankind or not, if it's not good for them. Them of course being the astro turf tea bag movement created and funded by big business.

    January 4, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. David

    It would seem that even so much as saying that a Democrat might have a "good" idea is enough to get you kicked in the balls by the "conservatives". This is the group that knows what is best for the American people but yet can't even find the middle road within their own political group.

    January 4, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. if you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    There are no principles in the South Carolina Republican party, but I think we all enjoy these knuckle draggers showing contempt and belligerence toward their own elected officials.

    January 4, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. Anthony McMahon

    Just because Sen. Graham has a full set of teeth and isn't a patsy for the GOP the hillbillies get upset. It's nice to know that the South remains a bastion of general stupidity for our nation. At least we have them all in one general spot. Please, please stay there. Sincerely, the Midwest.

    January 4, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. MatthewDetroit

    Graham should stop buckling to the left wing will.....

    They are pushing the country left into socialism and he is letting it happen.
    Stop giving in.
    The Cap and Trade bill is a terrible bill that will kill the economy of the United States...

    Stop giving in Graham... Stop being a wimp.

    January 4, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. not alone

    See they do feed on their own, typical repulican party stuff. no room for free thinkers.

    January 4, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    Senator Graham, I cannot believe that they would do this to you. Even though, I am a moderate Democrat, I would still take you over Senator Bond that Missourians currently have right now. You at least see that our environment is the most important issue that affects not just all Americans, but everyone in the world. Thank you for having the guts to stand up to your own party to do what is right Senator Graham. If you ever need help with this issue, I have your back on this one. I read the joint statement between you, Senator Kerry, and Senator Lieberman, and I think it was a flawless statement. If any of you guys need help on this issue, I will have your back on this issue.

    January 4, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. Gumby

    I'll trade our goofey Georgia Sentor, Suxby Chambliss, for Graham anyday...and twice on Sunday

    January 4, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I know Cap and Trade is not a popular issue with most of us, but we have proven that we cannot make the right decision on our own, so we forced ourselves for this issue to be put upon us. If we would have acted sooner, Cap and Trade would not have to be as severe as it needs to be right now to fix the environment. This is our faults; no amount of denying it will change anything.

    January 4, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  14. Donovan

    I commend Senator Graham for not being another Republican atomiton. The Republican party scares me, They go after anyone who doesn't walk in lockstep with them. Folks, Be scared, be very scared.

    January 4, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Donkey Party

    Amazing that when SC ranks dead nuts last in nearly every social and economic category, the stupid sheep of SC continue to vote for "conservatives" who have NEVER helped the state (or country for that matter) achieve anything for it's supporters except to stay in the dark ages.

    January 4, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    They're about to kick out another one – party dwindles and dwindles.

    January 4, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. moh

    What about all the Rep's that voted for the Iraq war? There's nothing conservative about war. Allowing the largest Federal bureaucracy, the Defense Department, to splurge and waste $1.5T dollars is a mindless proposition that fiscal conservatives should be up in arms about.

    This is exactly why 8 years of the most un-conservative administration since LBJ has hurt us so badly, economically. The reason small businesses don't have money to hire people is because we've spent it all blowing up holes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, Obama is hurting is with more of the same irresponsible and unconstitutional policies. When will people realize Obama is Bush under a different name?

    January 4, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  18. Katie B in NC

    Graham's the only Republican in the state that has shown any signs of intelligence and they censure him?! What's wrong with you people in SC?

    January 4, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    I do not agree with Lindsay Graham's support for cap-and-trade or his vote in favor of the 2008 financial bailout. These actions suggest that he either he doesn't have a good understanding of economics or that he sold out. Either way I don't like what they say about his judgement.

    But I don't agree with the Lexington GOP for censuring him, either. He should be able to follow his own judgement, even if it is inconsistent with the party line on these issues.

    January 4, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. jules sand-perkins

    Cap-and-trade legislation, the massive bailouts, and immigration are major issues.
    If Graham does not agree with Republicans in his state in these areas, he might be happier as a member of the Democratic party.
    The current mayor of New York has changed parties quite successfully.

    January 5, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. Mark D

    Keep eating the ice cream, slurping up the drool, and pulling the tent further and further in...only a matter of time to you splinter apart and disappear...

    January 5, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. Shelly

    The right wing nuts have become scarier and more evil.....Repubs are puppets in their hands. VERY TROUBLING for this Nation and the American people when a certain group is intolerant and EXclusive of anyone with a differing opinion. Sounds like an extremist/terrorist group.
    We should reject any extreme groups.

    January 5, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. manny

    is graham not hateful enough for the 'christian' conservatives

    January 5, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. Tom C

    I'm desperate. The conservatives think that all liberals will go to hell and the dems thinks all the conservatives will go to hell. No one wants to compromise in the middle. There is no give between the parties, it is all take. I commend Graham for trying.

    January 5, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Carole

    So if Senator Graham is not a puppet, he is not a Republican?

    Politics are so sad. Do the parties 'ever' work on anything together? Has Cheney ruined that?

    January 5, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
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