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Showing posts with label South Carolina 2008 U.S. Senate Campaign. Show all posts
Showing posts with label South Carolina 2008 U.S. Senate Campaign. Show all posts

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Senator Graham's Words Come Back To Haunt Him: Conley Endorsed by ALIPAC

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, one of the leading national grassroots organizations fighting against Amnesty and for more immigration enforcement, has endorsed South Carolina's Bob Conley for US Senate and intends to launch TV and Radio commercials that highlight Senator Lindsey Graham's offensive comments made in a speech to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

"Lindsey Graham has been the Republican with the worst stance on immigration issues in the US Senate," said William Gheen. "Any American who is concerned about illegal immigration should vote against Graham and be offended by his comments. Our TV and radio commercials will allow South Carolinians to hear the speech Graham would rather conceal from them."

In March of 2007, Senator Lindsey Graham made a speech before the National Council of 'La Raza' (English Translation: The Race), where he was receiving an award for his support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform AMNESTY for illegal aliens. In his speech, he called Americans who opposed his legislation "Bigots" and announced that American citizens had no right to govern immigration laws as mandated to their elected representatives in Congress by the US Constitution. Lindsey Graham also praises his leader on immigration issues... Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA).

The TV and radio ads ALIPAC intends to launch next week will contain the following quotes from Senator Graham, while encouraging voters to visit to review the entire clip.

"An American is an idea. No group owns being an American. Nobody owns this.... I don't do this much but I want to thank Ted Kennedy (laughter)... We are not going to run people down, we are not going to scapegoat people, we are going to tell the bigots to shut up..."

Bob Conley is being endorsed by ALIPAC because he has promised to oppose Amnesty in any form for illegal aliens and to support more immigration enforcement and border security. Senator Graham has received a deplorable grade of 'D' at

"We have a case in South Carolina, where Bob Conley better represents the over 80% of voters who prefer enforcement over amnesty," said Gheen. "Lindsey Graham supports Amnesty over enforcement of our existing immigration laws and his own words are about to come back to haunt him."

ALIPAC is a multi-ethnic national organization, founded on 9/11/2004, with over 25,000 supporters representing all 50 states. The organization appears regularly on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and CBC and is supported by many LEGAL immigrants who favor the reversal of illegal immigration in America through the humane and non racist enforcement of our existing immigration laws. For more information, please visit

Lindsey Graham's ENTIRE sellout speech to La Raza follows:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bob Conley to Debate Grahamnesty on Saturday

Bob Conley, who is "charging hard and closing in" on victory in his U.S. Senate race, will be debating John McCain's "personal valet and bag boy" on Saturday at 8 P.M. on C-Span. Bob Conley offers South Carolina the opportunity to have two representatives in the United States Senate, rather than subsidizing the third Senator from Massachusetts.

Bob is committed to:
  • Outlaw lobbying in Washington by banking and finance firms
  • Stop market-distorting bailouts
  • Put strict leverage limits on all financial institutions
  • Revise “mark to market” accounting rules
  • Limit the size of financial firms so they can never be “too big to fail”
  • Reinstate the separation of banking, insurance and brokerage
  • Mandate transparency among banks to remove trust barriers
  • Roll back government policies that encourage mortgages for those who can’t afford them
  • Prohibit congressional earmarks, wasteful spending, and no-bid contracts
  • Correct massive trade imbalances
Here he joins Jerry Hughes on ARN's Straight Talk to discuss his campaign, his conservatism, and his concerns about the future of South Carolina. Bob is a movement conservative who will work with Senator Jim DeMint, rather than canceling out his vote.

Please check out Bob Conley's website and help this good man become South Carolina's next United States Senator.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Right Democrat

South Carolina Senate candidate Bob Conley is more conservative than his GOP foe.

From The American Conservative
By Jack Hunter

On June 11, “The Morning Buzz” radio show on WTMA 1250 AM in Charleston, South Carolina was bombarded with phone calls from listeners railing against Sen. Lindsey Graham, who the day before had secured the GOP nomination. Not a single pro-Graham call came in during the four-hour program. “I’m a Republican … but I’m voting Democrat this November,” one caller vowed. “Grahamnesty has got to go!”

Despite this post-primary radio outrage, observers see few hurdles on the horizon for the incumbent senator. But “Grahamnesty”—so called because of his support of the 2007 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act—finds himself confronting a challenge from an unexpected quarter this November.

A June 12 headline in Charleston’s Post & Courier read, “Dems seem to back conservative” in reference to Democratic primary winner Bob Conley, who barely secured his party’s nomination. (The final tally after a recount revealed that Conley won by only 986 votes out of the 144,460 cast.) “We’ve nominated a Republican in a Democratic primary,” said Conley’s challenger, Michael Cone. And indeed, the story revealed that Conley held a number of conservative positions, had only recently left the Republican Party, and even voted for Ron Paul in South Carolina’s presidential primary. But while Cone fumed, former Democratic National Chairman Don Fowler accepted Conley. “That’s the Democratic Party. We welcome anybody,” he said.

Fowler’s open-armed invitation could be comforting, as “Flattop Bob,” as Conley is often called, is as conservative as his Johnny Unitas-style haircut suggests. In private conversation, he uses the terms “populist,” “traditionalist,” and even “paleoconservative” favorably and frequently, and refers to Washington, D.C. as the “District of Criminals.” Over a pile of BBQ and collard greens (his choice), Bob explained his wardrobe woes: “First my advisers took my suit, then my long sleeves. It just doesn’t feel right for me to wear a short-sleeve dress shirt, Jack.” For the Catholic Conley, wearing his Sunday best is the norm: he tries to attend Mass every day. “The worst part is sometimes we have to be mean to him and tell him he simply doesn’t have time to go,” explains campaign manager Dan Castell, noting how impractical Conley’s church schedule is in the midst of a Senate run.

The Democratic establishment long ago wrote off this contest. Lindsey Graham is a well-funded incumbent in a deep red state. A weak field allowed the virtually unknown Conley, an engineer and commercial pilot, to take the nomination. Now Graham, much to his surprise, must compete with a Democrat who stands well to his right.

On immigration, the issue that so animated the WTMA audience, Conley’s position resembles legislation recently passed in the Republican-dominated South Carolina statehouse, including measures that impose stiff penalties for employers who hire illegal aliens. But he rejects accusations that his stance mirrors the Republican position: “If President Bush and John McCain and Lindsey Graham all want to give amnesty, want to import more foreign nationals to take our jobs, I don’t see how I’m holding the position they do.”

When discussing job losses and trade deficits, Conley never mentions “China” without adding “communist” first. Lou Dobbs would smile.

Such populism could put Graham, an avid cheerleader for free trade, at a serious disadvantage in a state where Sen. Fritz Hollings spent nearly four decades championing economic nationalism. John Edwards ran strong in upstate South Carolina—he defeated Obama and Clinton in Oconee County with 45 percent of the vote and had strong second-place showings in half a dozen of the surrounding counties. That Oconee is Edwards’s birthplace was undoubtedly a factor in his success, but so were campaign speeches promising more jobs and fairer trade. Employment is a pressing issue here: last month, Hollings told Myrtle Beach’s Sun News, “We’ve lost 94,500 manufacturing jobs, a net loss counting the jobs we got, in the last 7 years, since little boy George [W. Bush] has been in office.” The majority of those losses were suffered in the upstate.

Campaigning in the Democratic primary, Conley performed strongly in the same areas that favored Edwards. His victories were close in each upstate county, but these wins proved decisive. Economic populism resonates with local Republicans as well. Conley says that “from York to Anderson counties, they’ve still got Duncan Hunter signs up,” referring to the congressman who was arguably the most protectionist candidate in this year’s GOP presidential primary. The alleged benefits of the managed, corporate trade deals touted by Graham are a hard sell in these counties, and the senator’s constant absence from the state gives many voters the perception that he simply doesn’t care about them.

Castell is forthright about the Conley campaign’s themes: “We’re populists, we’re going straight to the people of SC, that’s all we care about. … We’ll ask, ‘You seen Lindsey? Is he still out running around with McCain? It looks like we’re running for a vacant seat.’”

Conley is at least as socially conservative as Graham, whose pro-life and anti-gay-marriage positions are popular in South Carolina. And many cultural conservatives distrust the sitting senator. Graham’s challenger in the Republican primary, Buddy Witherspoon, defeated him in Greenville, one of the most conservative counties in the state.

Conley doesn’t shrink from comparisons to Patrick Buchanan’s populism—he often makes them himself—though he is more likely to be recognized as a “Ron Paul Democrat.” He shares many of the Texas congressman’s positions, and his support for Paul in the primary has been well publicized. “If you take a look at the folks on Capitol Hill who have really taken leadership positions,” says Conley, “and you also take a look at the entire field of fellows who were running for president, there is no one on Capitol Hill who has been a stronger voice against Iraq policy, even prior to the invasion, than Ron Paul.” Like Paul, Conley keeps a copy of the Constitution on his person. It’s not much use to him, however, as he has most of the text memorized.

Conley fully embraces the antiwar themes of the Paul campaign. He believes the U.S. needs to “redeploy our troops home as quickly as is practical and consistent with their safety.” He also promises to repeal the PATRIOT Act and views the current war-induced hysteria as a danger to civil liberties.

Graham’s “the surge is working” rhetoric plays well in South Carolina, which has more veterans and active-duty military personnel per capita than any other state. The senator regularly touts his military credentials as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve: election mailers featured him dressed in fatigues, flying over the desert in helicopters, and literally drawing lines in the sands of Iraq. Graham, like McCain and Bush, promotes the narrative that supporting the troops means supporting the wars they fight, a view South Carolina majorities have repeatedly affirmed at the ballot box.

But Graham’s assumptions about a pro-war consensus may no longer be accurate. In neighboring North Carolina, antiwar Republicans Walter Jones and B.J. Lawson defied the conventional wisdom and enjoyed substantial victories in their congressional primary contests. Jones’s district is one of the most military-heavy regions in the country, including three Marine bases, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and roughly 60,000 veterans. Jones beat his Republican primary challenger, who attempted to paint the congressman as weak on military issues, with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

Whether or not Jones and Lawson represent a significant trend among Republicans, Conley points to a definite pattern in his own party, where Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, Congressman Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Congressman Tim Mahoney of Florida, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Congressmen Brad Ellsworth and Joe Donnelly of Indiana have all recently enjoyed victories against incumbent Republicans. Often with less money and name recognition, these self-described Blue Dog Democrats won by campaigning on relatively conservative, antiwar, and populist themes.

Conley constantly puts his own campaign into a larger political and historical context, whether Blue Dog, Southern Democrat, or Old Right. He rattles off long forgotten politicians, elections, and legislation with ease. “Bob’s the smartest guy I know,” says adviser Brian Frank. “He’s a walking encyclopedia and he’s absolutely obsessed with dead people.” Frank also reports that Conley only listens to classical music.

Granted, Graham enjoys significant advantages over Conley in experience, organization, and fundraising—the senator reportedly has around $4.5 million on hand. And in a state where voters are accustomed to Thurmonds, Hollingses, and Ravenels holding the reins of government, the immense benefit of a famous surname is not lost on the unknown challenger. While his friends and admirers love to point out that, as Frank puts it, “Bob is just a regular guy who wants to help his country,” Conley’s success will depend on whether enough regular folks, with the means and the desire, rally to his campaign.

His opponent suffers none of these constraints and could afford largely to ignore the primary. At WTMA in Charleston, Graham ran radio ads touting his many trips to Iraq, but was the only candidate among those running for a variety of state offices to decline an interview with our station. He has also avoided facing the public about his support for amnesty after getting booed at the few Republican gatherings he’s attended. Unlike McCain, Graham won’t challenge his opponent to town hall discussions.

He doesn’t think he needs to. In Graham and Jim DeMint’s last senatorial races, both won with roughly 54 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent garnered by their Democratic challengers. But most Republicans this year aren’t enthusiastic about their party or their presidential candidate, and Senator Graham is one of the most unpopular Republicans in the country after President Bush. Moreover, with black South Carolinians excited about Barack Obama, they could create a scenario in which 30 percent of the state’s population supports Conley de facto by voting a straight Democratic ticket. In Georgia, Virginia, and a host of other Southern states, the DNC could try to recruit unregistered black voters; SC has an estimated 200,000.

When asked about Conley’s conservatism by a television reporter for WRAL, Graham’s response was indicative of the dynamics of the contest: “from what I can tell, he doesn’t represent moderation. I represent a brand of conservatism that you will feel comfortable with.” Is Graham painting himself as a moderate in an election where his constituents already have serious reservations about his conservative credentials? Not even Graham’s supporters are entirely “comfortable” with him these days, something the senator seems to realize since he won’t even talk to them.

If lightning strikes twice and the unorthodox candidate few predicted to win the Democratic primary prevails in the general election, Conley will have pulled off one of the greatest electoral upsets in recent memory. This is unquestionably Graham’s race to lose. But in a political environment where most voters agree that Graham’s record is embarrassing, even if Bob Conley goes down in defeat, an unexpected attack from the right by a Blue Dog Democrat might be enough to make this red-state Republican senator blush.

Jack Hunter, also known as the “Southern Avenger,” is a personality for WTMA 1250 AM talk radio and a columnist for the Charleston City Paper in Charleston, South Carolina. Bob Conley’s website is

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Buddy Witherspoon's Latest TV Ad - "Saving America"

Replace Senator Grahamnesty with a conservative voice for South Carolina! Vote for Dr. Buddy Witherspoon in the Republican primary for U. S. Senate on June 10.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Buddy Witherspoon for US Senate

South Carolina has become painfully aware that the man they elected to succeed the legendary Strom Thurmond does not represent South Carolina values in the United States Senate.

As a recent article in The American Spectator makes clear, Lindsey Graham is far more comfortable espousing the views of his political allies Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, than he is representing the people that elected him. Indeed, he has been called the third Senator from Massachusetts.

The good news is that South Carolinians have a choice, and next month Republicans can nominate a true conservative, dedicated to liberty, sound fiscal policies, securing our border and eliminating illegal immigration. Buddy Witherspoon believes parents, not the government, should decide who will educate their children, and he believes marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God, that is the union of one man and one woman. He will also ensure that those appointed to the federal judiciary respect the Constitution of the United States as it was written by our founding fathers.

Buddy Witherspoon is a dedicated family man with decades of service to his community and our state. If you have not had the opportunity to meet him, the following is his schedule for the next few days.
Friday May 16th – News 19 WLTX – Columbia, Live TV Interview – 7:00pm – 7:30pm.

Monday May 19th – Aiken Republican Club Luncheon – 12:00pm – 1:00pm Newberry Hall, Aiken, SC. Buddy is the featured speaker.

Monday May 19th – Myrtle Beach Republican Club’s Whistle-Stop Candidate Forum – 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Myrtle Beach Train Depot, Myrtle Beach, SC. Buddy is a speaker at this event.

Monday May 19th – Waccamaw Neck GOP – 7:00pm – 8:00pmLibrary, Pawley’s Island, SC. Buddy is a speaker at this event.

Tuesday May 20th – Lancaster GOP Meeting – 7:00pm – 8:00pmUSC-Lancaster, Bradley Building, Lancaster, SC. Buddy is the featured speaker.
For the sake of your family and our state, please vote for Buddy Witherspoon in next month's Republican Primary and restore the kind of representation in Washington that our nation and our state need and deserve.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Now the People Will Speak

Senator Lindsey "Hissy Fit" Graham has made it quite clear that he believes he knows better than the vast majority of South Carolinians. He defied the people of our state again and again to not only support policies most people in South Carolina find appalling, he has been the chief sponsor and cosponsor of legislation overwhelmingly repudiated by most Americans.
  • He brokered a deal to protect the right of Democrats to filibuster judicial nominations.
  • His concern for the "rights" of terrorists has caused him to block an up-or-down vote on Fourth Circuit nominee Jim Haynes.
  • "Graham uncovered classified memos in 2005 dealing with the use of extreme measures to get information from detainees at Gitmo. Graham made sure those memos were declassified and caused the entire controversy regarding supposed torture, a charge that Democrats have exploited to this day, despite all evidence to the contrary. Now we are faced with Terrorist detainees being transported to the US and having full access to US courts and law. Does anyone believe this will make America safer?"
  • Graham has worked to grant Islamic terrorists full Geneva Convention protection, even though such individuals are exempt from such protections.
  • Graham has supported amnesty and a "path to citizenship" for millions of foreign nationals who have illegally broken into our country, many of them with criminal records.
Graham has pledged that he will tell "the loud people" and "bigots" that oppose such policies to "shut up." But next year the voters of South Carolina will have a chance to respond to the liberal quisling intent on currying favor with Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The 2008 Senate race will also be an opportunity to give South Carolina's superb, conservative U. S. Senator, Jim DeMint, a partner he can work with in the interest of the hard working taxpayers of South Carolina.

Next week Republican National Committeeman, Dr. Buddy Witherspoon, will announce his candidacy to ensure that Senator Hissy Fit is a one-term Senator.
Dr. Witherspoon will launch his campaign with a whirlwind tour of South Carolina this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Unlike Graham, Buddy Witherspoon will support border security and will not offer any "path to citizenship" to aliens who are here illegally.

Please show up, listen to Buddy outline his conservative vision for our state and nation and show your support. Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, November 27th:

9:30 AM - Tommy Ham House, 214 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC.
11:00 AM - The Beacon Drive-In, 225 John B. White Blvd., Spartanburg, SC.
1:30 PM - The Sunset Grill, 1213 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC.
4:30 PM - Sticky Fingers, 7690 Northwoods Blvd., N. Charleston, SC.

Wednesday, November 28th:

10:00 AM - Horry Co. Govt. & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave., Conway, SC.
1:00 PM - Florence City/County Complex, 180 N. Irby St., Florence, SC.
4:15 PM - The Alley, Aiken, SC.

For more information, see Dr. Witherspoon's website:

If you have questions contact Dean Allen (864) 561-0758 or Dan Herren (864) 230-5334.