Bob Conley, a Democratic newcomer to South Carolina politics, will take on Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in November after a recount Monday gave Conley a narrow victory over a primary opponent.
Conley, a North Myrtle Beach engineer, said he is a former Republican who became a Democrat out of frustration with trade and immigration policies and the Iraq invasion. He contends conservative positions on social policies are not owned solely by Republicans and opposes abortion rights and gay marriage.
US Senate primary recount: Conley to face Graham AP June 16 2008
who challenged Graham`s support of a failed measure aimed at reforming illegal immigration laws
Naturally, arrogance rules the day in the Graham camp, as they move to become as mainstream Democrat as possible:
The single-term incumbent signaled he wasn`t concerned about Conley making immigration a campaign issue in the fall.
Graham “will aggressively seek the support of Republicans, independents and Democratsâ€¦ said Scott Farmer, Graham`s campaign manager
The Democratic grip on Southern Senate seats was broken in the â€?70s and â€?80s as voters realized their representatives had been co-opted by the Washington Establishment and were quietly betraying their interests. Those Senators thought their constituents would never notice, or did not care about issues.
They were wrong.
Now, it seems, the Stupid Party is letting it happen again.
And the issue this time is immigration.