Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Senator Lindsey Graham opens new Greenville campaign office

I'm pretty burned out on politics - must have been all those years working at talk radio stations - but when I got an email invitation from the Graham campaign to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for his new Greenville campaign headquarters I thought I'd drop by.

The new office, sandwiched between a gas station and a hair salon, is not much to look at. It's a small house converted to office space.

Graham's remarks were brief and unremarkable. He took a perfunctory jab at President Obama for not ever having had a non-government job.

He also pointed out that the key date in his reelection is not November 4th, the date of the election, but June 10th, the date of the primary. He didn't say why but everyone in the room understood the reason: This being a very blue state, if he wins the primary he wins the election. He reminded us that he needs more than half the vote to avoid a runoff and reported that the latest polls show that he has that plus a small cushion.

I haven't followed the race and asked one of the campaign workers what the competitive field is like and he rattled off the names of the challengers in the Republican primary:

  1. Det Bowers, pastor of Christ Church of the Carolinas
  2. Lee Bright, State Senator
  3. Richard Cash, businessman and candidate for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district in 2010
  4. Bill Connor, attorney, Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2010
  5. Senator Nancy Mace, businesswoman and author

The new Graham office is separate from his permanent Greenville office for Senate work. It is separate by law and funded by political contributions.

The Upstate campaign headquarters address is 1405 East Washington Street Greenville, South Carolina.

Graham's Upstate Regional Senate office address is 130 South Main Street, 7th Floor Greenville, SC 29601.