GOP leaders in SC county vote to censure Sen. Graham, the second such rebuke since November

By Seanna Adcox, AP
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

SC county GOP leaders vote to censure Sen. Graham

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican leaders in a South Carolina county known as a GOP stronghold have voted to censure U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for working with Democrats on immigration and climate change.

It’s the second time since November that Republicans in a South Carolina county have voted to censure the GOP senator.

Lexington County Republican Party Chairman Rich Bolen said Tuesday the county’s executive committee voted 13-7 to rebuke Graham following more than an hour of debate late Monday.

In November, Charleston County Republicans censured Graham over climate change legislation.

Phone and e-mail messages left with Graham’s office were not immediately returned. In November, his spokesman said the senator has a solidly conservative voting record but believes politicians must work across the aisle.

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