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SC state Sen. Lee Bright draws primary challenger

David McCraw
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An Upstate businessman says he’s running in the GOP primary next year to unseat state Sen. Lee Bright, one of the Senate’s most outspoken Republicans known for blocking legislation and criticizing his own party.

Filing is not until March, but David McCraw of Greer announced his plans Monday to run for the District 12 state Senate seat representing parts of Greenville and Spartanburg counties.

McCraw, 48, said he wants to run because he is frustrated with politicians’ “failure to do simple things to make it easier for those of us out here working hard and creating jobs.”

Criticizing Bright, 45, for doing “an awful lot of talking, but very little doing,” McCraw said the General Assembly accomplished very little during this legislative session.

“Partisan bickering and an attitude of self-promotion and political grandstanding instead of cooperation means that we still do not have a plan to improve our roads; it means that you will not see any decrease in your tax bills this year; and it means another year will go by without any real ethics reform,” he said. “We deserve better from our elected officials.”

Bright did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.

A staunch opponent of abortion and gun laws, Bright, who lists transportation as his profession, is known for breaking with his party and filibustering legislation that he does not support. Bright also was one of three senators to vote against removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

McCraw owns a marketing and financial planning businesses as well as a restaurant and roofing company.

He contributed $500 to kick start his campaign, according to state campaign finance records.

Bright has been raising money for a potential re-election bid and has about $33,000 on hand, according to his most recent campaign report.

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