Two of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's challengers in June's Republican Party primary announced endorsements from a national gun group this week, but one has an edge on the group's support.
State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace announced endorsements from the National Association for Gun Rights this week.
“The right to keep and bear arms is a part of the foundation to our free society and should be protected at every turn,” Mace said in a news release. “My father was a decorated combat veteran and lifelong hunter, who taught me how to handle a firearm at an early age. Hunting trips with my father provided priceless memories, but our Second Amendment rights have a deeper purpose than sport and the right to defend our homes and property. We have a duty as a free people to protect against tyranny.”
Bright announced his endorsement in a campaign email, where he quotes comments from Dudley Brown, the gun group's executive director:
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"I’m flat-out fed up with Lindsey Graham’s betrayals," Brown writes. "That’s a major reason why the National Association for Gun Rights PAC just sent Lee Bright a fat check. We’ve also sent checks in smaller amounts to two other challengers. ... But there’s no denying Senator Lee Bright has gone a step further and deserves special recognition."
Brown praised Bright's support for a Constitutional Carry bill that recently stalled in a Senate committee, after senators brought up consequences of the bill Bright had not realized.
"He’s also proven that he’s unafraid to stand up to members of his own Republican Party when they’re wrong -- something that’s very rare to find," Brown writes.