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    Nancy Mace to announce primary challenge against Lindsey Graham

    Nancy Mace to announce primary challenge against Lindsey Graham

    W. James Antle III
    Editor, The Daily Caller News Foundation

    The first woman to graduate from the Citadel is planning to challenge South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary next year.

    Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace will head to Goose Creek Saturday to announce her Senate campaign, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

    “This isn’t about one senator,” Mace told TheDCNF. “The only way to change Washington is to change who we send to Washington.”

    “Washington is out of touch,” she added. “Voters are frustrated. They’re looking for someone authentic.”

    In a June fundraising email, the Senate Conservatives Fund listed Graham as one of three Republican senators the group would support a primary campaign against if “strong, conservative challengers emerge.”

    Mace, who has written articles for The Daily Caller, is a Fort Bragg native who graduatedfrom South Carolina’s military college in 1999, becoming the first woman graduate since the Citadel was founded in 1842. She later wrote a memoir of her experience at the school and runs a public relations firm in Charleston.

    Last year, Club for Growth president Chris Chocola told a Christian Science Monitor event that Graham was a potential target.

    “If you’re looking to the horizon of 2014,” Chocola said, “the sun may rise over South Carolina.”

    South Carolina Republican state Sen. Tom Davis predicted to TheDCNF last year that “someone will challenge Lindsey Graham.”

    After Graham spoke out in support of the National Security Agency’s data collection practices under the Obama administration, Mace wrote a scathing post at the conservative blog RedState chastising the senator.

    “In Senator Graham’s world, the Constitution doesn’t exist,” she wrote. “In Senator Graham’s world, the entire Bill of Rights is negotiable.”

    [I]Mace’s phrasing is a play on Graham’s criticism of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul in the wake of the NSA leaks: “n Rand Paul’s world, you have almost no defense against terrorists.”

    “In Senator Graham’s world, arming al-Qaeda in Syria is a good idea,” Mace retorted.
    When Paul ran ads against several swing state Democratic senators who voted against his proposal to stop foreign aid to Egypt, Pakistan and Libya, Graham came to their aid. Graham joined West Virginia Democratic Sen.

    Joe Manchin in a conference call defending his vote.
    “I think the overwhelming majority of Americans oppose giving tax dollars to countries that hate our culture, burn our flag and train terrorists,” Mace told TheDCNF.

    Mace said that Graham refers to his Republican critics as being “to the left of Obama, but he has has been with Obama on many issues.” She pointed to the Gang of Eight immigration bill — Graham’s harshest critics nickname him “Grahamnesty” — along with the Troubled Assets Relief Program bailout, cap and trade and his votes to confirm Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

    Mace argued that justices in the mold of these Obama appointments “upheld Obamacare,” the controversial federal health care reform law she would like to defund.

    Last year, Graham distanced himself from the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against tax increases, causing the group’s leader Grover Norquist to brand him “not a thought leader in the Republican Party.”

    The New York Times quoted Graham saying he was willing to accept higher tax revenues to prevent cuts in defense spending, although his office later clarified that he was referring only to closing tax loopholes.

    With more than $6.3 million in cash on hand, Graham will be a formidable opponent for newcomer Mace. The two-term senator easily turned back a primary challenge from former Republican National Committeeman Buddy Witherspoon in 2008.

    South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy told an interviewer earlier this year, “Lindsey Graham will be fine.”

    “He’s not in trouble,” Gowdy said. “He’s a better lawyer than I am. He’s more persuasive than I am.”

    The South Carolina Republican primary is scheduled for June 2014.

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    Senate immigration bill is a boondoggle


    Nancy Mace
    Author, “In the Company of Men"

    In Washington, thousand-page “reform” bills are frequently passed before anyone knows what’s in them. The latest is supposed to fix our broken immigration system. The bill, which was cobbled together by the Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight, would grant legal status to those in our country illegally before securing the border — and it’s not clear it would really secure the border at all.

    But the biggest problem with the bill is the way its authors seem to have ignored the economic impact amnesty will have on law-abiding, taxpaying citizens for decades to come.

    I don’t believe the Gang of Eight’s claim that this plan will be deficit neutral, despite the recent Congressional Budget Office estimate. After all, when was the last time the government correctly estimated the cost of legislation? Common sense suggests that the tax revenue collected from the newly legalized low-wage workers will not offset the cost of the benefits to which they will be legally entitled. According to a recent Heritage Foundation study, the bill would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion. And even the CBO concluded that the bill would decrease wages and increase the unemployment rate, at least in the short term.

    Moreover, rewarding illegal immigrants sends a terrible message to those working hard to earn citizenship the right way. We simply can’t reward those whose first act in our country was to break the law.

    The notion of “comprehensive” immigration reform reminds me a lot of “comprehensive” healthcare reform. It will be years before we understand the true cost of Obamacare and the burden it will have on businesses and taxpayers. Likewise, if the Senate immigration bill becomes law, it will be years before we understand its full impact.

    On Thursday, 14 Republican senators joined with the Democrats to vote for this bill. It is a shame that one of them — Lindsey Graham — represents my home state of South Carolina.

    South Carolina needs a senator who will put border security first, not just pay lip service to it. South Carolina needs a senator who will work for the people he represents and not for the leftists who crafted this bill. South Carolina needs a senator who will not subsidize or incentivize more illegal immigration, who will not support legislation that will increase unemployment, and who will not support pork-laden legislation drafted behind closed doors.

    Most of all, South Carolina needs a senator who will put forth solutions that help our economy. We should secure the border, fix our broken visa program, and then work toward finding a way to address illegal immigration without encouraging more of it.
    Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, is the author of “In the Company of Men,” published by Simon and Schuster. She is the owner of a public relations and marketing firm, The Mace Group.

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    Lindsey Graham’s World

    By: Nancy Mace (Diary) | June 7th, 2013 at 01:15 PM |

    The Constitution. The Bill of Rights. The Declaration of Independence. To some these are little more than historical documents, but to conservatives these are the law of the land. It is clear as one reads them, the foundation of our country was built with limited government and the free market in mind.

    However, Washington is out of touch. Special interests throw money at career politicians. These same politicians fail to lead and simply react to the latest controversy to gain a spot on Sunday morning talk shows.

    With congressional approval at an all time low, it’s easy to understand why some would prefer to appear on television sets rather than face their constituents back at home.

    President Reagan once said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” that we must fight for it, protect it and hand it down to future generations.

    Yesterday South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham endorsed President Obama’s intrusive arm of big brother regarding the collection of data and phone records:

    “I’m a Verizon customer. I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States. I don’t think you’re talking to the terrorists. I know you’re not. I know I’m not. So we don’t have anything to worry about.”

    Senator Graham went on to challenge Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. In his attack, Graham leads us to believe that “In Senator Paul’s world” those who value the constitution would leave America in a weakened position against its enemies. However, true conservatives believe that we can follow the constitution and defend our country against the enemy without sacrificing our freedom.

    One week Senator Graham wants to debate the rights granted in the Second Amendment and another he questions the First Amendment rights of American citizens. And yesterday he tells us it’s ok for the government to search our phone records even if we are law abiding citizens.

    Most would agree with Senator Graham that radical Islam is the foremost threat to our nation’s security. However, if we are truly protecting Americans from this grave threat, then how does it make sense to supply arms and aid to countries who support radical Islam, bring harm to our allies, burn our flag, hate our culture and allow terrorists to plot against the United States and her friends?

    In Senator Graham’s world, arming al-Qaeda in Syria is a good idea.

    In Senator Graham’s world, your rights as an American citizen are granted by the ruling political class and not by our Creator.

    In Senator Graham’s world, government should always be trusted but never the American citizen.

    In Senator Graham’s world, the Constitution doesn’t exist.

    In Senator Graham’s world, the entire Bill of Rights is negotiable.

    In Senator Graham’s world, our constitutional rights seem constantly up for debate.

    In Senator Graham’s world, he says we’re fighting for freedom but is the first to surrender all of them.

    In Senator Graham’s world, America is going broke, and taxing hard working Americans while spending more money the country simply does not have.

    In Senator Graham’s world, I am concerned about the future of our country.

    Maybe Senator Graham has been living in a world of his own for too long.

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    I'm impressed with this woman.

    1. Believes and affirms Constitutional principles..check

    2. Believes in "Rule of Law"...check

    3. Believes Amnesty will destroy our country and is against any form of it .......check

    4. Comes from Military Family and is former Cadet....... Check

    Shes got my support.
    “In questions of power…let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson

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    Good to hear!

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    by TONY LEE
    7 Aug 2013

    Nancy Mace, a conservative primary challenger to incumbent South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, retweeted an insult to her Twitter followers Tuesday which called her opponent a "Nancy boy."

    She has since deleted the tweet, but the Sunlight Foundation's "Politwoops," which preserves tweets politicians have deleted, has the retweet on its website:
    "RT @PaulSteel4: @nancymace we support you here in Florida. Nancy Mace vs Nancy boy graham.”

    "Nancy boy" is a derogatory term used to describe "an effeminate or homosexual man."

    Mace is the first female graduate of The Citadel, where her father, Ret. Brigadier General J. Emory Mace, also attended. Mace's father is the most decorated living graduate of The Citadel.

    Graham, a member of the Senate's "Gang of Eight" that wrote the controversial immigration reform bill passed in late June, has long faced criticism for being less ideologically pure than his conservative constituents desire.

    Carolina Conservatives United (CCU), a political group created by former GOProud co-founder and conservative activist Bruce Carroll, launched the website shortly before Mace announced her candidacy. CCU's site attacks Graham for what it deems are his "Beltway Republican" values.

    "The truth is Lindsey Graham only panders with conservative language once every six years," CCU states. "But every day he shows his true stripes by bashing small government conservative activists and 'voting wrong' on many of the most important issues before us."

    Former South Carolina Senator and President of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint was asked on Tuesday's "Daily Rundown" on MSNBC, "Do you think Lindsey Graham is a Jim DeMint conservative?"

    DeMint simply answered, "I don't think he would want to be called a Jim DeMint conservative. We're all different. People will have to decide that for themselves."

    Host Chuck Todd then asked, "Is it fair to call him a conservative?"
    DeMint replied: "Lindsey can tell you what he is himself. I'm not speaking for him.

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