Graham Censured Again at Home

Posted January 5, 2010 at 2:23pm

The Lexington County Republican Party has voted to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) over his work on immigration reform and the financial sector bail out, among other bipartisan activities, marking the third time in three years that a county party has taken such an action.According to the State newspaper, the county party voted Monday night to censure Graham, who was also the subject of a similar admonishment this fall by the Charleston County Republican Party. In 2007, the Greenville County Republican Party also censured Graham for his work on the Bush administration’s failed effort to reform immigration laws.Graham, a conservative Republican with an independent streak, is extremely popular in the state. In 2008, Graham beat primary challenger Buddy Witherspoon with 67 percent of the vote, going on to become the first person to secure 1 million votes in the general election. According to CNN exit polls taken at the time, Graham won 93 percent of the GOP vote in the general election, 57 percent of independents and 18 percent of Democrats — including 17 percent of those voters who backed President Barack Obama.But hard-line conservatives have long bristled at Graham’s penchant for reaching across party lines. Since 2007, a number of organizations — most notably members of the conservative “tea party— movement and the Council of Conservative Citizens — have pushed county GOP organization to censure Graham, and the Charleston County GOP earlier this year asked the state GOP to censure Graham.A Graham spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.