From Benghazi toObamacare, to the government shutdown and his pending 2014 GOP primary fight, South Carolina's Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been in the middle of some of the year's biggest state and national news stories.
While it is common for political challengers to rise every few years, as Election Day nears seldom has the noise been so loud against him. Four tea party-aligned hopefuls have set out to unseat the state's senior senator in the June Republican primary.
To help set the stage for 2014, The Post and Courier asked those on both sides of Graham's conservative base to address why the senator is good or bad for South Carolina.
Following are those essays from former S.C. attorney general Henry McMaster, a Graham supporter, and Dianne Belsom, president of the Laurens County Tea Party, and Kevin Thomas, Fairfield County GOP chairman, who combined their efforts to say why Graham should not be re-elected.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, to discuss the introduction of legislation to enact a one-year earmark moratorium and a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) Published Caption 3/11/10: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn want to go national with an idea from Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. Published Caption 3/24/10: Graham Published Caption 3/30/10: Graham Published Caption 6/24/10: Graham×