Today the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Lee Bright against Sen. Lindsey Graham. This is the first time a major national organization has backed a specific opponent of Lindsey Graham’s in this race. Sources told  that the endorsement was unanimous after a detailed consideration process, candidate survey, and direct Q&A with the candidate.


According to the RLC, the other Graham opponents declined to fill out surveys to go on the record about specific issues with the RLC (including Nancy Mace and Richard Cash).

The RLC recently backed Mark Sanford and was an early backer of Ted Cruz in Texas and Mike Lee in Utah during their primaries.

The endorsement will be announced in a series of press conferences across South Carolina on Wednesday.

The press conferences will be held in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.

Lee Bright will be speaking at each and will be available to talk to voters and the press.


According to, “U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign is said to be in “meltdown mode” based on internal polling done in the wake of his conflicted votes on Obamacare last week.”

Clemson political science professor Dave Woodard conducted a poll recently and found only 31 percent of South Carolina’s Republicans plan to vote to re-elect Graham, regardless of who else was in the race.

Last week the Greenville County GOP, the largest and most influential party in the state, joined other county parties to officially censure Senator Graham. The censure resolution cites 29 points where Graham is said to have strayed from or violated the GOP platform, sided with Democrats, and openly ridiculed members of his own party.

*The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization founded in 1991 to advance free markets, limited government, and individual liberty within the Republican Party. More about the RLC can be found at More about the South Carolina chapter can be found at Joshua Cook, the author of this article is the Chairman of the RLC Greenville Chapter.

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  • r3VOLution IS NOT republican

    I hear the Democrat Liberty Caucus supports him too. And the Fascist Liberty Caucus, the Socialist Liberty Caucus, Communist Liberty Caucus, the Authoritarian Liberty Caucus and even the Nazi Liberty Caucus.

    They TOO, were formed to “advance free markets, limited government, and individual liberty” within their specific groups (and are just as likely to succeed as the Republican version).

    • Chuckles

      Uh, you okay there? Off the meds Mr. Graham?

    • Cliff Hutchison

      What guts it must take to anonymously post such a cynical, discouraging message.

      Don’t you think that i feel as pessimistic as that virtually every day?

      I do.

      I’m continually discouraged by the odds that are stacked against liberty in our brainwashed society. But the point isn’t to correctly point out how nearly impossible it seems and pat yourself on the back for being right in a wrong world.

      The point is to ignore the odds, put away those bad feelings and CHOOSE to do something good anyway. To try not to spread that pessimism around to people who are trying to do something instead of just complain.

      • r3VOLution IS NOT republican

        1. I am neither cynical no discouraged. Typically, REPUBLICANS will spread this sort of propaganda, positioning people who REJECT THEM as “lazy” or “cowards” or “doing nothing.” It’s a tactic designed to to associate “action” with their LEFTIST republican party, but doing ANYTHING OUTSIDE of the party is smeared as being “disengaged.”

        2. I am NOT “preaching to the choir.” I have NOTHING WHATSOEVER on common with the LEFTIST republican party or the LEFTIST republican party CO-OPTERS who CONSTANTLY ATTACK outside threats to their dominance (tea party, liberty movement, nullification movements, alt-media, etc). REPUBLICANS never “fight” threats… THEY CO-OPT THEM TO NEUTRALIZE THEM. They STEAL their identity – steal words like “liberty.”

        3. With God, NOTHING’S impossible. The odds for American Constitutional Liberty returning are great… as long as the republican party and it’s operatives ARE 100% EXPOSED AND REJECTED.

  • StaceyCowgirl

    This is it folks! It’s time to get behind Lee Bright and really push Graham out of office.

    • BobtheGrape

      Unfortunately Graham will get a post with the O’Boingo administration if he loses. It’s just a big revolving door. Democrats? Republicans? Can anyone tell the difference between them anymore? I can’t. They are all in it for themselves. A constituent? What the hell is that? I just use them to get into office and then the hell with them. I just want to line my pockets and bank accounts and support stupid legislation to screw those whom I supposed to represent..

  • Freddie

    I’m so glad to see Lee Bright get this endorsement. Anyone know if the other candidates will drop out and get behind him? We all have to pull in one direction now.

  • Kevin Merck

    *The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization founded in 1991 to advance free markets, limited government, and individual liberty within the Republican Party”

    Then why did they sabotage Ron Paul in the last election?

    Ron Paul won the RLC straw polls leading up to the primaries gaining 40%, but that leaves 60% of these people who liked Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachman (Mister and Mrs. Patriot Act and NDAA)

    The ‘Republican Party’ is a criminal organization.

    It needs to become the *Liberty Party* to survive. The Liberty Party needs to be comprised of people from all parties who have had enough of the two-party-false-paradigm.

    • Tim R

      There were a lot of supporters of Gary Johnson who voted

    • j_robinson

      Do not confuse the RLC with the republican party. Paul won the RLC straw poll with a wider margin than Paul won the Iowa caucus.

    • Cliff Hutchison

      When you ask “then why did they sabotage Ron Paul in the last election”,
      do you really mean “the Republican Party” not the “Republican Liberty

      Even if it was specifically the “Republican Liberty Caucus” straw polls and not just some general Republican straw polls, the RLC is just an organization that does what the people in it want to do. It is much smaller than the GOP as a whole and it has already been taken over by Ron Paul supporters and libertarian Republicans recently.

      You write about the Republican Party that “it needs to become the *Liberty Party* to survive”, and that is exactly what the Republican Liberty Caucus is doing inside the Republican Party. I’ve been the Secretary of the RLC of Oregon since we created it last year and we are changing the Republican Party from the local level up.

      It’s easy to complain and to just say what you want to happen, but what are you doing (to build a functioning movement of people in actual physical space, not just internet postings) to make it happen?

      • r3VOLution IS NOT republican

        It’s great to see a REPUBLICAN org so concentrated on (wink, wink) “Constitutional Liberty.” Now that you’ve got the ear of so many liberty folks here… why don’t you tell us a little about your REPUBLICAN org. SPECIFICALLY, what are you doing (you seem to pride yourself on “action”) to…

        Spearhead State nullifications of REPUBLICAN lawlessness?



        DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE END to the UNCONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICAN police/surveillance-state?


        REVERSE REPUBLICAN DESTRUCTION of the Enumerated Powers?

        REVERSE REPUBLICAN DESTRUCTION of the 10th Amendment?

        DEMAND REPEAL of UNCONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICAN socialized education (No Child Left Behind, DOE)?

        DEMAND REPEAL of UNCONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICAN socialized medicine (Bushcare, Romneycare, Reagancare, Brewercare, Kasichcare, Scottcare)?





  • Kevin Merck

    When you check this guy out on the issues the second amendment and civil liberties come last on his website, but his energy policies are listed first. That should give you an indication as to who is financing his campaign and what his true priorities are.

    I would like to know exactly how he would vote on the Patriot Act and NDAA. It said he sponsored a bill in the state senate that would protect South Carolina citizens from unlawful detention, but it doesn’t state how he would vote on these two issues, which should be the litmus test for any candidate who claims to be “liberty minded”.

    • Tim R

      He is opposed to the Patriot Act and NDAA.

    • j_robinson

      If you are reading in to the order of publication on a candidate website, then you have too much free time, or are grasping for something to not like about the guy.

  • eric

    Electing this guy is sort of like downgrading from a sledgehammer to a regular hammer but still being beaten over the head. Anyone even mildly excited at this should really get their eyes checked.

    If he gets elected, he’ll just be there to put on a show: “Well, folks, I fought hard for your civil liberties but THOSE GUYS said you couldn’t have them.” It’s all one big deceptive blame game, and no one that would ever make it to the U.S. Senate really cares about the rights of the average person; they care about pleasing the corporate interests that got them elected and exercising whatever power they’re granted by them based on their own inherent biases, but the people in charge sure do love perpetuating the illusion that government isn’t simply another institution owned by and completely subjugated to the will of those who own everything else in this country.

    Decentralized, localized government or anarcho-capitalism are the only suitable systems left, as deduced by trial and (repetitive) error.

    So yeah, vote for him if you please, but don’t do yourself the disservice of thinking it will mean anything.

    • Rani J Pabón

      Right on Mark!

    • j_robinson

      So are you suggesting that the solution is to run home and sulk like a toddler, as opposed to actually staying in the fight? No thanks. I want a principled Congress. Not people that run away at the first sight of resistance from the entrenched power players.

      Your dream of anarcho-capitalism has passed and cannot be realized on this continent. You missed your chance by a few hundred years.

  • no to war

    To bad he has pretty much the same position on military spending as Lindsey Graham and a lot of other tea party politicians they want to cut social security but do not want to cut a dime from the military spending. We need more RON Paul type people in the senate,congress and executive branch. The tea party will never get the full respect they deserve until they talk loudly about the wasteful foreign aid and military spending.

    • Tim R.

      Lee Bright endorsed Ron Paul in 2012.

    • j_robinson

      If the RLC is endorsing Lee Bright, then you can bet he is very much in line with the principles of liberty espoused by Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee.

  • Jerry Palacios

    He will the exact same “person” as Lindsey Graham…. He is that sense of false hope that the establishment needs… They need a grassroots conservative to run against this guy…..

    • Tim R

      They don’t get much more pro liberty than Lee Bright. Anti-NDAA, Anti-Patriot Act, anti-foreign intervention, for constitutional tender money, etc. What are you guys complaining about? Sorry that JESUS CHRIST isn’t running against Lindsey Graham.

      • WestPointGrad

        True, but remember that Ron Paul got booed at the GOP debate in South Carolina last year when he quoted Jesus.

        • JK474

          I think it’s time to exhume Anto LaVey’s corpse, prop it up in a chair, and nominate it as a Republican congressman. He’ll fit right in with the party much beloved by “Christian” war mongers like John Hagee.

  • Janet Spencer

    I think the RLC endorsed too early. What will they do if another candidate jumps into the race that might have a better chance to defeat Graham? How many members does the RLC have in South Carolina and Nation wide, just curious.