Lindsey Graham facing primary challenge from first female graduate of The Citadel
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Lindsey Graham facing primary challenge from first female graduate of The Citadel

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Nancy Mace, who in 1999 became the first female graduate of South Carolina’s world-renowned military college The Citadel, announced Saturday that she will challenge two-term incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 GOP primary. According to USA Today, Mace has “strong ties” to the tea party.

In announcing her campaign at a GOP breakfast in Goose Creek, S.C., Mace stated that "Washington thinks it knows better than the people. The federal government has worked its way into nearly every corner of our lives, trying to solve every problem for us. And yet, we are still not better off for it,” according to thehill.com.

Graham is already facing a primary challenge from businessman Richard Cash, who lost a 2010 race for a congressional seat. Libertarian-leaning state Sen. Lee Bright said he will announce his candidacy in the coming weeks, USA Today said.

Businessman Jay Stamper is expected to win the Democratic nomination and face the Republican winner in November 2014.

Real Clear Politics political writer Scott Conroy thinks a crowded primary field poses a challenge for Graham, 58, who must win more than 50 percent in the June primary to avoid a runoff before the November midterm contest.

Graham, a member of the so-called “Gang of Eight” in the US Senate, has been criticized by tea party activists for his willingness to compromise over immigration policy. According to The Blaze, “Tea Party and libertarian-leaning conservatives have not been shy about voicing their discontent with Graham and his voting record. He has been roundly criticized for supporting the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill, NSA spying and drone strikes, among other positions.”

has defended the National Security Agency’s phone call and Internet data gathering on American citizens and suggested that President Barack Obama should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia over that country’s refusal to extradite whistle-blower Edward Snowden, NBC News reported last month.

Graham said that he believed Snowden committed treason by informing American citizens that their government was monitoring their emails and phone calls.

In response to Graham’s support of NSA monitoring of US citizens, Mace wrote “Lindsey Graham’s World,” a scathing criticism published June 7, on the conservative blog redstate.com:

In Senator Graham’s world, arming al-Qaeda in Syria is a good idea.

In Senator Graham’s world, your rights as an American citizen are granted by the ruling political class and not by our Creator.

In Senator Graham’s world, government should always be trusted but never the American citizen.

In Senator Graham’s world, the Constitution doesn’t exist.

In Senator Graham’s world, the entire Bill of Rights is negotiable.

In Senator Graham’s world, our constitutional rights seem constantly up for debate.

In Senator Graham’s world, he says we’re fighting for freedom but is the first to surrender all of them.

In Senator Graham’s world, America is going broke, and taxing hard working Americans while spending more money the country simply does not have.

In Senator Graham’s world, I am concerned about the future of our country.

Maybe Senator Graham has been living in a world of his own for too long.

Additional resources:

Official US Senate page of Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham’s Wikipedia page

“Is Lindsey Graham going to get primaried?” The Week, May 9, 2013


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