Lexington County Senator Jake Knotts, a lifetime member of the Lexington County Republican Party, says there’s “something fishy” about the 13 local party members who voted to censure Senator Lindsey Graham. He says his experience with local constituents is that they were very pleased with Graham, who he referred to a very communicative member of the delegation, whose office was always helpful to him and members of his district.
He asserts that the fast censure has not been the way of dealing with issues for people connected with the GOP who are Lexington County residents. “The way we do it is to sit down and wash the allegations against a Republican senator in a room, and not using a public attack. He is a great senator, and I’ve never had a problem with his constituent service.”
Knotts says attacking the senator on a couple of his votes doesn’t make sense. He says he doesn’t always agree with Graham, as his (Knott’s) constituents don’t always agree with him. But he said Graham has been a good Senator for the state, and he compared Senators to…horses. “You don’t jump on our important horse in Washington and ride him just when you want to. You have to stay on him, stay with him. And he’ll be right 99 percent of the time.”
Those members of the Lexington County GOP’s Executive Committee who supported the censure opposed, among other votes, Graham’s first vote in favor of TARP, referred to by opponents as a government bailout of some big corporations.