Will Spartanburg Censure Lindsey?


We will know Thursday evening.  With Rick Beltram as County Chair, I doubt if it will happen.  Beltram is rather suspicious of the Ron Paul bunch who seems to be behind much of the ‘hate Lindsey’ rhetoric if you discount Malkin’s absolutely shameless and constant harping against him.

The Ron Paul wackos in Spartanburg are going to attempt another censure of Lindsey.  Fortunately the county chair there, Rick Beltram, is more level-headed and plans to play by the rules, which Gvlle. did not do.

“…Beltram also was critical of the way Greenville handled its censuring, questioning the process that led to it in a flurry of e-mails. In one e-mail to the Graham campaign, he stated that the Greenville vote “does not reflect the true feelings of the Upstate.”

Harms maintains all was handled properly in Greenville, and that the only people who are questioning what happened are those who weren’t there.

Part of the problem Graham faces is a comment – “We’re going to tell the bigots to shut up, and we’re going to get this right” – he made at an event where he received an award. The statement, which is all over YouTube, both inspired and appalled people.

The Graham campaign says the statement was taken out of context – that Graham was referring to a Nazi march on Columbia by that party’s presidential candidate, John Taylor Bowles of Laurens.
In other words, he wanted to prevent the extremes of either side of the immigration debate from taking over.

But that’s not how everyone else sees it. People have angrily decried Graham, and the “bigot” comment specifically, at various events during the past few months – including a few hosted by DeMint and U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to run Senator Graham’s re-election campaign on his conservative record and willingness to tackle the tough issues. Sometimes, you just can’t please everybody,” said Scott Farmer, who is managing Graham’s campaign. He pointed out that President Bush supported immigration reform, too.

A few of Graham’s staff members likely will be at Thursday’s event.

“There is no question that there is some unrest among the hard-core natives,” said Chip Felkel, a Republican strategist in Greenville.

“But I hope logic and reason will rule the day. When it comes down to it, the guy’s got $6 million in the bank. Unless all this ranting and raving turns into cash, it doesn’t matter. And I sure hope Rick Beltram has more control over the party than that.”

Beltram had automated calls go out to 26,000 households last week about the rally.

If you got one, expect another this week.

He’s encouraging families to come, saying that free ice cream will be had by all.
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, hope to have 25 to 50 people show up, according to various e-mails circulated by campaign volunteers….”

Dan Hoover is calling it a Graham-hate-fest – starring Ron Paul supporters!

“…Supporters of Republican presidential candiate Ron Paul, no friend of the immigration proposal, have been burning up the blogosphere to drum up a crowd. “Let’s have a great showing for Ron Paul at this event!! We need at least 25-50+” one e-mail exhorted.

“As you can imagine, there is great anticipation surrounding this event, especially since the Greenville GOP meeting..PASSED the Lindsey Graham censure,” it continued.

Unlike the Greenville meeting, Beltram said he won’t allow a voice vote on a censure resolution. That’s to prevent non-voting spectators from getting into the act. Instead, he’ll move for a secret ballot….”