According to The South Carolina Conservative:
“Joining a growing list of counties to officially censure Senator Graham, the Greenville County GOP Executive Committee recently passed a censure resolution citing 29 points where Graham is said to have strayed from or violated the GOP platform, or actually aligned himself with the Democrat agenda.”
At least five other counties including Lancaster, Newberry, and Beaufort are also said to be considering censuring Graham. Of course, these official censures do not actually remove Graham from office. However, they are formal statements of disapproval that may have a powerful psychological effect on him in the upcoming primary. As Nolan Chart recently also explained,“Lindsey Graham epitomizes the “insider” class in Washington, D.C.”
Lord knows Americans are pretty sick and tired of D.C.’s “insider” class these days. That’s why South Carolinians are seriously taking a closer look at each of the four Tea Party challengers to Graham’s U.S. Senate seat. Nancy Mace happens to be one of the prospects– a “minivan mom” who is up for a good challenge.
Mace is a wife, mother and small business owner. She is well known for being the very first woman to graduate from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. She holds a Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia, and is the author of: In The Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel (Simon and Shuster). Mace is also the daughter of retired Army Brigadier General Emory Mace and educator Dr. Anne Mace, PhD.
In an exclusive interview with PolitiChicks, Nancy Mace shares a little about herself, where she stands on today’s critical issues, and why she believes she can unseat Senator Lindsey Graham.
PC: Who is your greatest source of inspiration?
PC: What are your thoughts on term limits?
NM: Today, countless Americans have lost faith in our government. I often ask people I meet if they trust this government. The answer is almost always an emphatic, “no!” Establishment politicians cannot be trusted with our tax dollars, our e-mail or phone records, and they certainly cannot be trusted with our healthcare. I believe we can fix the mess in Washington, but we need the right tools to make it happen. Term limits are a great place to start, and I have signed a pledge, which says as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits Amendment.
NM: I am a firm believer in the right to bear arms.
PC: Amnesty is obviously a “hot topic” these days. Where do you stand on immigration?
NM: No amnesty. It would be insane to reward people whose first act in our country is breaking the law. We need to reform the system, and bring it into the 21st century, but none of these reform measures can be taken seriously until we seal our porous borders.
PC: What is your stance on Defense?
NM: As the daughter of a U.S. Army General, I understand the sacrifices our service members and their families make in order to protect our freedom and advance liberty. I have tremendous respect for those serving us at home and abroad. Our military understands they have a no fail mission. As a leader and public servant there is no more important job than providing the tools and resources our military needs to be successful in their mission. We should have the strongest national defense in the world. Period.
However, we cannot do so and continue to break the bank here at home. Because of the selfless men and women in our armed forces, national defense is one of the few things our federal government does well, and we must make smart investments in personnel, training and technology to support our men and women in uniform.
I believe in the Constitution and that only Congress has the ability to declare war. I also believe before making such a declaration, we ensure we have looked at all possible options.
Radical Islam continues to be a threat. I do not support continuing to send US aid and weapons to countries that burn our flag, train terrorists or that threaten American interests at home or abroad.
PC: Lindsey Graham is a very powerful man in Washington with well over 6 million dollars to spend on his campaign. What made you decide to run against this powerful political machine?
NM: I believe he represents an establishment culture in Washington that is not prepared to handle the realities of the 21st century. In addition, I think Senator Graham does not vote in the interests of the people he represents. When you vote for $600 billion dollars in tax increases, defend the NSA spying program, and support amnesty for illegal immigrants, eventually, people realize this guy simply isn’t conservative. I know Senator Graham will spend millions of dollars rewriting history in the coming months, but I think the voters have seen enough of his go along to get along politics that betrays our conservative principles.
Senator Graham’s three other Tea Party challengers include: Lee Bright, Bill Connor, and Richard Cash.
A recent poll suggests that the Tea Party may actually have its work cut out for them. The poll, released by Gravis Marketing last week, shows that if the Republican primary election were held today, Graham would receive the support of 54 percent of likely Republican primary voters. All four of the challengers trail badly. State Senator Lee Bright trails Graham at ten percent support, Nancy Mace at six percent, Richard Cash at five percent, and Bill Connor at two percent.
The poll also suggests, however, that if the Tea Party coalesces around one candidate, Graham may be in trouble. When asked “Would you support a Tea Party challenger over Lindsey Graham?” 39 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would support a Tea Party candidate, while 37 percent said they would support Graham.
Perhaps, South Carolinians will unite to fire Lindsey Graham once and for all?