Tea Party Express targets Graham in Charleston

The leadership of the Tea Party Express visited Charleston on Thursday to drum up support for a lawmaker pledge opposing any spending measure that would fund the White House’s health care measure, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

While chairwoman Amy Kramer said the message is aimed at all members of South Carolina’s delegation, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was a specific target.

“It’s 285 days from today to June 10, 2014 when he will be retired by the citizens of South Carolina,” she said. “It’s time for him to go.”

Two of Graham’s announced GOP primary opponents, Richard Cash and Nancy Mace, addressed the gathering which drew an audience of about 12 people to a downtown hotel. Also in the running is state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg.

One method being battered around in Washington is to de-fund the health measure through a continuing resolution. Graham’s office says that route could lead to shutting down much of the federal government, including the issuing of paychecks for the military.

Graham says he has joined or co-sponsored various efforts against the health care law, and called his differences with the tea party “a tactical dispute.”

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