Rebukes of Republican renegades gaining momentum
A week ago today we reported on the passage of a resolution censuring Sen. John McCain presented at the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. It was overwhelmingly approved — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed — by the elected precinct committeemen (representing the county seat of Phoenix, and including numerous surrounding cities.
It turns out we were not alone.
Thursday night, the Pickens County, South Carolina GOP publicly rebuked Senator Lindsey Graham by passing a 30-point censure resolution. This makes Pickens County GOP the 7th Republican group that has passed similar resolutions so far in South Carolina.
The censure resolution, which passed by 78%, cites 30 examples of Graham violating the Republican Party platform. The censure states: “Lindsey Graham has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party.”
Pickens County GOP Chairman, Phillip Bowers told Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook, “I have yet to talk to a single person who believes that an elected office is a life time job … we need to change them out, like diapers, they need to be changed from time to time.”
“… I can tell from the mood that the people were glad that we were taking a stand for our platform. The local representatives in the state house and the federal officers just trample on our platform. If they don’t agree with our platform … they shouldn’t run on our Republican platform and habitually ignore it. Is it really ethical to run as a Republican in PickensCounty, but then go to Columbia and consistently vote with Democrats? And you can look at their records. We have representatives at home that say they are Republicans, and go across the river down there and vote the other way.”
“We are going to have to start standing up and tell elected officials you’re either with us or you’re not – we need to clean it up,” he added.
Read the rest of the article on Benswann.com Graham Support Crumbles: Pickens County is the 7th Republican Party to Censure Lindsey Graham
Listen to the interviews* after John McCain’s shadow Lindsey Graham was censured. Graham was held accountable for his voting record and going against the Republican Platform.
The Pickens County Resolution to Censure Sen. Lindsey Graham can be read in its entirety here.
*Audio courtesy of the Greenville Post.