Last night at the regular monthly meeting of the Chesterfield County Republican Party, members utilized a roll call vote to pass a 29-point resolution in favor of censuring one of the current United States Senators from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham.
The yeas carried the evening with 98% of the vote. This reflects the continued frustration of many in the party with officials who are elected as Republicans and then seem to forget the doctrine of the party when they assume office.
"The Chesterfield County Republican Party upholds traditional conservative Republican principles and we expect those who are elected under its banner to also adhere to this same standard," Chesterfield County Republican Party Executive Committeeman Glenn Gulledge proclaimed. "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. The 29 points documented in this censure clearly illustrate this trend and make it clear that he is not consistently representing some of our most valued, time-honored tenets."
In accordance with the seriousness of this vote, nearly every member of the Chesterfield County GOP was in attendance or represented by proxy. The Censure Resolution, as passed, covers a multitude of well-documented instances of Senator Graham's cavalier disregard for fundamental, Republican values. A few of the points of contention are:
• Senator Graham's attempt to reward those who break the laws of our country with amnesty.
• The continued support the Senator offers in the arming of elements of Al Qaida, sworn enemies of the United States, in the Middle East.
• His belief that government spying on American citizens without due process is an acceptable practice.
• The disregard he showed for other Republicans in their attempt to prevent further erosion of our Second Amendment rights.
The members of the CCGOP hope that by taking this action, Senator Graham will realize those who are elected as Republicans can and will be held accountable for their actions. Chairman Jack Parker offered, "Mr. Graham has lost the confidence of this body in his ability to serve as our Senator representing the people of South Carolina in a manner consistent with our platform. We know that a significant number of members of the South Carolina Republican Party across the state feel the same way, and we expect to see more actions, like we have taken, to continue at future county meetings."
The Chesterfield County GOP is dedicated to the conservative tenets of the Republican Party, which include fiscal responsibility, personal freedom and protecting both the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Joshua Cook lives with his wife and son in Travelers Rest, SC. He is a sales manager. Mr. Cook graduated with a BA from Southeastern University and is a MBA graduate from North Greenville University.