11:46pm August 5, 2013

Citadel Graduate Nancy Mace to Primary Lindsey Graham in 2014


This weekend, Citadel graduate Nancy Mace announced she will challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014.  Right along with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Graham will now probably attempt to bend even more to the right of where he already was in the coming months in the Senate.

Mace, who has never held public office, is likely to assert herself as being politically to the right of Graham, if that’s possible.  In South Carolina such rightward moves are likely to be attractive to the state’s conservative voters.  Since the coming of the Tea Party in late 2009, such rightward moves have become the standard dance in GOP politics as the party wrestles with an identity crisis in the age of Obama.

Graham will obviously have a large advantage. Mace will pull out every tea party slogan in the book and attempt to label Graham as a RINO. Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Utah is also facing a primary challenge from Dick Cheney’s oldest daughter Liz Cheney.  The same strategy against Graham will be seen in the Enzi and McConnell races.  

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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  1. Steve851

    This is a very uninformed article, or perhaps just propaganda. Graham is a big government neocon and so one does not have to even try to get to the right of him. Just be a mainstream conservative. As to Enzi-Cheney, the latter is also a big government neocon, so she will be to the left of Enzi.

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