Berkeley County Republicans voted Monday night to urge Senator Lindsey Graham and the congressional delegation to oppose any bill with cap-and-trade or carbon-tax provisions.
In light of Charleston and Lexington County party censures of the senator, Berkeley wanted to take a different approach. Chairman Tim Callanan explains: “The issue came up with regards to censure of Senator Graham. The overall perspective of the executive committee in Berkeley County is it is somewhat a meaningless gesture. What we wanted to do is that we wanted to be a little more effective as a party and get ahead of the game rather than complain afterward,” says Callanan.
Callanan says one example of that is TARP, which is an asset relief program that addresses the subprime mortgage crisis. But, Callanan says the Berkeley County Republican party may not agree with Graham on TARP or other issues, such as cap-and-trade, but they want their voices to be heard.
“We’re gonna try and be a little bit more proactive. We’re gonna look at the issues that are coming up on the schedule, whether it’s the Statehouse or the congressional delegation and let them know in advance where we stand on this,” says Callanan.
So far, Callanan says they have developed resolutions to lawmakers on cap-and-trade and illegal immigration. He says these resolutions are being delivered to the entire congressional delegation, not specifically to Senator Graham. He says he just wants the delegation to know where Berkeley County stands before the vote for specific issues.
As for Berkeley County’s view on censuring Graham, Callanan says Charleston County censured for Graham’s voting for TARP. However, he says every other member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, with the exception of Senator Jim DeMint, also voted in favor of the program.
“If you censure him for that, you are essentially censuring somebody for thought. We kind of viewed that as kind of the anticivism conservatism where we are really more about freedom and liberty and he’s free to think what he wants, but it really is our responsibility to come as a party to let them know where we stand,” says Callanan.