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Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"

Posted by JAMIE SELF on March 13, 2014 Updated 15 hours ago


COLUMBIA, SC — Four of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's announced challengers in June's Republican primary pledged support for each other Thursday if any of them end up in a runoff with the Seneca incumbent.

But a news conference announcing their alliance on the State House steps took an unexpected turn when the most minor of the candidates, Dave Feliciano of Spartanburg, took the podium and called Graham "ambiguously gay."

Feliciano said, "It's about time that South Carolina (says) hey, We're tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina. We're ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party. We're done with this. This is what it's about, all of us coming together and saying, one way or the other, one of us is going to be on that ballot in November."

A former police officer from Spartanburg with no political experience who recently announced he's running for Senate, Filiciano signed the pact with state Sen. Lee Bright, Easley businessman Richard Cash and Orangeburg Attorney Bill Connor before the news event began and each candidate gave a statement.

A news release about the event showed that Bright, Cash and Connor had committed, but Feliciano showed up at the event at the State House.

The pledge says: "We, the undersigned genuine conservative Republicans, agree to endorse whichever one of our fellow signers advances to the run-off election against incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham following the South Carolina Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate on the 10th of June 2014."

Invitations were extended to all six announced challengers.

Graham has faced similar attacks before and denied claims about his sexuality.

After the event, Connor renounced Feliciano's comments as personal attacks and said each candidate's comment were their own.

Cash said he believe's in free speech, "but I also believe in being civil and respectful. Mr. Feliciano's comments were inappropriate and I disavow any association with them (the comments)."

However, both Cash and Connor said they still would honor the agreement, which they signed.

Bright left the conference early, before Feliciano spoke.

Filing for the U.S. Senate seat opens March 16, but some of Graham's opponents have been campaigning for several weeks or months.

Graham faces six challengers in June's primary if all go through with filing. In addition to the four present Thursday, Columbia pastor Det Bowers and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace also are running.

Bowers and Mace were invited to participate in the pledge but did not attend.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/03/13/3323476/election-2014-graham-challenger.html#storylink=cpy
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2014, 01:09:09 PM »
The Akin effect begins......................
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2014, 01:13:03 PM »
An apt description, nevertheless inappropriate.
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 01:14:43 PM »
An apt description, nevertheless inappropriate.

He's wrong! There is nothing ambiguous about it!
 
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2014, 01:32:07 PM »
He's wrong! There is nothing ambiguous about it!

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But seriously, the guy is probably a plant (even though what he said is probably true).
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2014, 01:33:32 PM »

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Despite ‘ambiguously gay’ barb, four Graham foes unite

COLUMBIA, SC — A gay barb lobbed at U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham by the most unknown of his June Republican primary challengers will not deter a pact of support some of them made Thursday.

Four of the Seneca Republican’s challengers pledged Thursday at the State House to endorse whoever among them makes it into a runoff with Graham – if the pack can hold the two-term incumbent to half the vote.

The news conference announcing the alliance took an unexpected turn when the most minor of Graham’s opponents, Juan “Dave” Feliciano of Spartanburg, showed up, signed the pledge and took to the podium to call Graham “ambiguously gay.”

“It’s about time that South Carolina (says), ‘Hey, we’re tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina. We’re ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party,” Feliciano said. “We’re done with this. This is what it’s about, all of us coming together and saying, one way or the other, one of us is going to be on that ballot in November.”

Feliciano, an ex-police officer who says he resigned to run for the Senate, signed the pact with state Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash and Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor before the news conference began.

After the event, Connor renounced Feliciano’s comments as personal attacks and personal opinion, which he did not endorse.

Cash said he believes in free speech, “but I also believe in being civil and respectful. Mr. Feliciano’s comments were inappropriate and I disavow any association with them (the comments).”

However, both Cash and Connor said they would honor the pledge that they signed.

Bright left before Feliciano’s comments, but later said, “He hasn’t said anything that would be contrary to conservative beliefs. He just expressed an opinion.

“But that doesn’t say anything about how he would vote in the U.S. Senate,” Bright added. “Graham has done and said much more offensive things.”

Graham long has been dogged by opponents questioning his sexuality.

In 2001, S.C. Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian said Graham was “a little too light in the loafers” to succeed the state’s longest-serving senator, Strom Thurmond, a notorious womanizer. Harpootlian said he did not know the phrase could be taken as an insult toward homosexuals, but Graham, then an Upstate congressman, said it was intended to slander him.

In the 2002 Senate race, Alex Sanders, Graham’s Democratic opponent, ran campaign ads that emphasized his life as a family man. Graham, who is unmarried and has no children, had his sister appear in an ad.

Last year, Charleston public relations executive Nancy Mace, another of Graham’s June GOP primary opponents, made headlines for re-tweeting a supporter’s comment calling Graham a “Nancy boy.” Mace insisted a staffer, not her, re-tweeted the message. But she took responsibility for the tweet, which was quickly deleted from her campaign account.

Graham has said repeatedly that he is not gay.

Last year, he said he was “disappointed” in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Graham voted for the law in the U.S. House and, as a senator, wrote a brief to the court urging defense of the law.

“I believe in the traditional definition of marriage. ... I have been a strong supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act,” Graham said in a statement at the time, adding the ruling would not change South Carolina law.

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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2014, 01:50:16 PM »
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the most minor of the candidates
Well, now we know why they are the most minor of candidates, now, don't we?
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 02:27:28 PM »
Never heard of this guy. We sure he's one of ours?

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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2014, 03:15:49 PM »
Bright is the best candidate
.. but this guy is right about Lindsay and most everyone knows it.
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2014, 03:22:33 PM »
Bright is the best candidate
.. but this guy is right about Lindsay and most everyone knows it.

And, since these four have linked themselves at the hip, unless each one specifically disavows this statement, each one will own it.

And Lindsey Graham will win in a walk.
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2014, 03:28:06 PM »
And, since these four have linked themselves at the hip, unless each one specifically disavows this statement, each one will own it.

And Lindsey Graham will win in a walk.
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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2014, 10:30:21 PM »
And, since these four have linked themselves at the hip, unless each one specifically disavows this statement, each one will own it.

And Lindsey Graham will win in a walk.

He is already going to win.. That fat lady sang months ago **nononono*


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Re: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"
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