Last night, Pickens County GOP publicly rebuked Senator Lindsey Graham by passing a 30-point censure resolution. This makes Pickens County GOP the 7th Republican group that has passed similar resolutions so far in South Carolina.

The censure cites 30 examples of Graham violating the Republican Party platform.

The censure states: "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 censure resolution passed by 78%.

Pickens County GOP Chairman, Phillip Bowers told Joshua Cook, "I have yet to talk to a single person who believes that an elected office is a life time job … we need to change them out, like diapers, they need to be changed from time to time."

"… I can tell from the mood that the people were glad that we were taking a stand for our platform. The local representatives in the state house and the federal officers just trample on our platform. If they don't agree with our platform … they shouldn't run on our Republican platform and habitually ignore it. Is it really ethical to run as a Republican in Pickens County, but then go to Columbia and consistently vote with Democrats? And you can look at their records. We have representatives at home that say they are Republicans, and go across the river down there and vote the other way."

"We are going to have to start standing up and tell elected officials you're either with us or you're not – we need to clean it up," he added.

Pickens County GOP 2nd Vice Chair, Michelle Wiles told Cook, "…people are sick of it. People do not want the same status quo … and we see that tonight. 18 people passed it (censure resolution) … I want to say to the people who stood up and said yes tonight … I'm so proud of them."

Executive committeeman, John Schafer, told Cook what the censure resolution meant to him.

"It says what Lindsey Graham needs to hear," said Schafer. "He's lost his support, he's gone against his base, and he's gone to the other side. Our resolution was based on 30 points. You can't do that and keep your fan base."

Sen. Graham's hometown is Central, SC, which is located in Pickens County. Losing support in his own backyard is a huge blow to the Graham campaign.

Other Republican groups throughout the state are planning to vote on similar censure resolutions like the one below. (Download a PDF copy here.)

Resolution to Censure Graham - Pickens

Editor's Note: Graham was censured in August 2013 in a regular monthly meeting of the Chesterfield County Republican Party.

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