Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Soon after 75 individuals from 33 South Carolina tea party and liberty groups endorsed him, State Senator Lee Bright came to Pawleys Island to explain how and why he is running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.
He also told the Georgetown County Republican Women’s Club about how South Carolina could hold the key to stopping the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “We have a bill on Obama Care which the Palmetto State will take up next week,” Senator Bright said.
South Carolina House District 108 Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, Jr. was at the Applewood Pancake House meeting last Monday, discussing the possibility of national gas drilling off the coast. “It would immediately bring 10,000 jobs to our state,” he said, adding that each of these jobs results in countless support positions.
Sen. Graham has three other contenders running against him in the Republican primary, Orangeburg County attorney Bill Connor, public relations executive Nancy Mace and businessman Richard Cash. Bright’s campaign recently announced a poll showing his leading all other challengers combined with 17 per cent, Graham polling 46 per cent with 22 per cent undecided.
Bright was asked whether he felt having four contenders was a hindrance to his efforts. “I’m constantly telling my people we need to keep from attacking each other,” Bright said. “We’re not running against each other, we’re running against Lindsey Graham. If we get into a runoff, I have no doubt in my mind we’ll win.”
“Graham will receive every vote he’s going to get on June 10th, when a segment of the population won’t be coming out to cast a ballot. On June 24th, people will come out of the woodwork because they see that it’s worth coming out and voting.”
Bright said he talked to an individual the other day who said it took a year after his father’s death to get VA approval his benefits. “After his father’s death? Our country is turned upside down. My wife stays on me. She says you’ve got to smile more. Got to be happier. When I start talking about government, it’s hard to be happy about government.”
“We’re in trouble, and I don’t believe in doom and gloom, but I don’t think we have much time left. I mean we’re going to have to make our stand. This election right here in South Carolina. There’s no doubt in my mind that Lindsey Graham loves this country, but I believe he’s ‘mitigating’ us as clients by caving on judges, caving on energy policy and criticizing those who are trying to turn things around, like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.”
Bright said there are people who are trying to lead. “But we’ve got to have help. This is my fear about what’s going to happen. The Republicans take over the U.S. Senate 51 to 49, and we all feel galvanized because we’ve done it. We’ve taken the Senate back and we’re finally going to take the fight to Obama. And guess what? Lindsey Graham and John McCain go vote with the Democrats.”
“And we’re still out voted. Every year about election time, Graham will vote conservative for six months. We deserve six years, we need six years. I’ll give you six years, I gave you six years in the State Senate.”
Bright said he gets hammered because he doesn’t compromise. “That’s the biggest attack on me when you talk about my political career. I don’t compromise. We compromise too much. What have we got? What are we getting? What have we gained? A nation in debt.”
“We’ve got abortion. The fact we don’t protect the unborn is just unbelievable. We have federal judges who are telling us the definition of marriage. People attack me for being a libertarian and I am. But we shouldn’t be legislating immorality. Federal courts step in and say ‘no’ to a state, which has voted to uphold its constitution defining ‘marriage’ as being between a man and a woman.” Bright asked someone to show him the word, ‘marriage’ in the federal constitution. “I can go on forever, telling what’s wrong. I can tell you what’s right and that’s the people of this state and this country. The people are right. We just have to get them engaged.”
Members of the Republican Women’s Club seemed to be impressed with the message of Bright and what they’ve been hearing about Rev. Leon Winn of Sumter, who is running as a Republican for South Carolina’s 6th District congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn,
Bright was elected to the Spartanburg School District 6 board in 1999, serving until his election to the South Carolina legislature in 2008, representing the 12th District, which includes Spartanburg and Greenville counties. Bright serves on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, Judiciary and Labor committees.
Winn is a 16-year U.S. Air Force veteran and Morris College graduate.