The Greenville County Republican Party this week scolded U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham with what it called a “Resolution of Rebuke,” claiming he has abandoned the GOP’s platform with his support of President Barack Obama and the liberal agenda of the Democratic Party.
The resolution, presented by elected officers of the local GOP to the organization’s executive committee, said Graham will no longer be invited to attend and participate in meetings or events sponsored by the Greenville County Republican Party.
“Senator Graham has repeatedly demonstrated contempt and arrogance towards those members of the Republican Party who support…core Republican beliefs,” the resolution said.
It passed by a vote of 61 to 2.
Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Graham, issued a statement saying that Graham’s door will always be open to his friends from Greenville, and that it is time for Republicans to pull together.
“While some of our friends in Greenville may not want to meet with Senator Graham, his door will always be open to them,” the statement said. “Senator Graham respects those who disagree with him, but he strongly believes we need to keep an open dialogue.”
Bishop noted that Graham was censured previously two years ago by Greenville Republicans for his stance on immigration. He defended the senator’s record saying he voted with the Republican leadership over 92 percent of the time during the last congressional session.
“According to the American Conservative Union, he has a 90 percent lifetime conservative voting record,” Bishop said.
He said Graham will continue devoting his time to electing Republicans in South Carolina and across the nation “so we can add to our numbers in Congress and defeat Obama’s radical agenda.”
The Greenville County GOP Executive Committee is made up of individuals from across Greenville County who are elected at the precinct level. On the executive committee, each precinct has one vote.