SC politics: Graham releases first re-election bid ads

February 11, 2014 

Graham releases re-election TV, radio ads

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s 2014 re-election campaign has released its first television and radio ads.

The 30-second TV ad and minute-long radio ad tout Graham as a conservative leader “who gets things done.” The ads highlight the Seneca Republican’s commitment to questioning President Barack Obama’s administration about an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, his opposition to Obamacare and his support for 2nd Amendment rights.

They also say Graham fought against “union bosses,” who he says fought Boeing’s expansion in South Carolina, and say Graham has been a champion for the military and veterans.

Graham is facing five primary opponents: Columbia pastor Det Bowers; state Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg; Easley businessman Richard Cash; Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor; and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace.

Democrats’ director to work for Clyburn

Amanda Loveday, the executive director of the S.C. Democratic Party, is leaving that post to become spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.

Loveday confirmed the news to The State after it was first reported by the Charleston City Paper.

Loveday is replacing Hope Derrick, Clyburn’s longtime spokeswoman who took a job with the University of South Carolina in November.

Loveday has been executive director of the state Democratic Party since 2011. She was hired by former state chairman Dick Harpootlian and stayed on after chairman Jaime Harrison was elected in 2012.

Loveday said she plans to stay at the Democratic Party until a successor is hired.

Staff writers Andrew Shain, Jamie Self and Adam Beam and The Associated Press contributed.

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