Lee Bright Gets More Endorsements from SC Tea Party Leaders for US Senate

On Thursday, South Carolina Tea Party leaders across the state held a press conference to endorse state senator Lee Bright who is challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Dianne Belsom, founder and leader of the Laurens County Tea Party, provided Joshua Cook a list of Tea Party and Liberty leaders who are supporting Bright.

The list of 75 personal endorsements from tea party/liberty group leaders and members, represents 33 groups:

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Tea Party/Grassroots support for Sen. Lee Bright:

  • Brit and Judy Adams, Limited Government for Oconee County
  • Leigh Evans, Chairman, Sumter Tea Party
  • Ken Bailey: First Chair, Sumter Tea Party
  • Nate Lee, Member, Sumter Tea Party
  • Jeff Mattox, Co-Chair, Kershaw County Patriots
  • Larry Risvold, Co-Chair, Kershaw County Patriots
  • Deedee Vaughters: Chairman, SC Business Owners Association, Former Republican Nominee, SC Senate District 26, Former VP of the SC Policy Council,
  • Member, Aiken County Tea Party
  • Dr. Bauer Vaughters: SC Club for Growth Chairman, 2010-2012
  • Dianne Belsom, President, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Keith (Beau) Belsom, member, Laurens County Tea Party
  • John Gartrell, Vice President, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Furman Ott, Treasurer, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Jon Orcutt, Secretary, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Beth Orcutt, member, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Keith Tripp, Co-Chair, Vetting Committee, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Katherine Mau, member, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Kathy Howard, member, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Alan Rickard, member, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Travis Cash, Laurens County Republican Party Chair and Laurens County Tea Party member
  • Lisa Cash, member, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Sierra Lowe, member, Laurens County Tea Party
  • Stewart Jones, member Laurens County Tea Party and Chair, Lakelands Republican Liberty Caucus
  • Ben Bracewell, grassroots activist
  • Daniel Encarnacion, Chairman, SC Lowcountry Republican Liberty Caucus
  • Stacy Shea, member, Greenville Tea Party
  • Harry Kibler, Founder and Chair: RINO Hunt
  • Randy Simpson, Coordinator, Seneca Tea Party
  • Tom Sitton, member, Seneca Tea Party
  • Talbert Black, State Coordinator, Campaign for Liberty
  • Jesse Graston, grassroots activist, leader of effort in SC to stop Obamacare
  • Tom Sheridan, Vice Chair, Charleston RLC
  • Debbie Jones, Secretary, Mt. Pleasant 912
  • Ed Evans, member, Mt. Pleasant 912
  • Joyce Zandri, member, Summerville 912, board member SC FairTax, member RLC, member JBS
  • Mary Alderson, member, Summerville, 912
  • Mike Wallace, Chairman of Catawba RLCSC
  • Scott Pearson State Chairman RLCSC
  • Gary and Beth Titcomb: members, Greenville Tea Party
  • Beverly Lynch: Liberty Warriors 4 Bright
  • Maude Dougherty, leader, We the People Goose Creek 912
  • Lauren Martel, grassroots activist, GOP delegate
  • Mark Palmer, member SC District 5 Patriots
  • John Hull: Chairman, Summerville 912 Project
  • Joan Brown: Founder and member Summerville 912 Project
  • Evan Mulch, Treasurer, Spartanburg RLC
  • Conner Lewis, President, Spartanburg, RLC
  • Tim and Paula (Kinzinger) Daly, members, GPS
  • Steven Long, member, Spartanburg, RLC
  • Denise Snelling, Palmetto Gun Rights
  • Jay Kilmartin, member, Columbia Tea Party
  • Alex Zelling, member, Columbia Tea Party
  • Joshua Cook, Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus, Greenville (author of this article)
  • Kevin Thomas, Chairman, Fairfield County GOP
  • Justin Alexander, former Chair, Upstate Young Republicans
  • Magda Aguila, grassroots activist
  • Chuck Stogner, Fairfield County GOP
  • Mary Clare Matthews, Fairfield County GOP
  • Lee Canady: member, Campaign for Liberty, Executive Committeeman, Lexington County GOP, U.S. Navy Veteran
  • Diane Hardy: member, Greenville Tea Party
  • Bill McShea: member, Greenville Tea Party
  • Chris Lawton: member: Campaign for Liberty, Greenville Tea Party, Republican Liberty Caucus, Executive Committeeman Greenville County GOP, Alternate
  • Delegate from the SCGOP to the RNC Convention 2012.
  • Jonathon Hill, grassroots activist, Anderson
  • Steve and Judy Anderson: members, Summerville 912, Planning Committee Conservatives in Action
  • Linda Weeks, grassroots activist
  • Laura Sterling, grassroots activist, Bluffton
  • Bert Walker, member Bluffton Tea Party
  • Carl Jordan, member, Lake Murray Freedom Watch
  • Lucy and Lee Thompson, Jr., grassroots activists, Ridgeland
  • Mamie Lynn Thompson, grassroots activist, Ridgeland
  • Walter Lee Thompson III grassroots activist, Ridgeland
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Note: These are all personal endorsements by tea party and grassroots leaders and members. These endorsements may or may not be on behalf of the particular groups that they represent.

Last year a unity group was formed by Tea Party groups across the state. The goal was to get behind the strongest candidate early on, but the crowded race made the decision more complicated. So far the group has decided not to endorse any one candidate. Many in the group believe that 5 candidates attacking Graham is better than one, but some are independently backing their favored candidate. All of the leaders in the unity group agree on at least one thing: ousting Senator Lindsey Graham.

There are 5 Republicans running in June’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate: state senator Lee Bright, Easley businessman Richard Cash, Combat Veteran and attorney Bill Connor, Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace and Columbia pastor Det Bowers.

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