Lindsey Graham Opponent Slams The SC Senator As “Ambiguously Gay”

Graham-080106-18270- 0035Sen. Lindsey Graham just can’t shake that speculation about his orientation. The problem for the Senator from South Carolina is that it’s his fellow Republicans who keep bringing it up. At a press conference on Thursday, Dave Feliciano, one of six Republicans challenging Graham in the primary, called out Graham for being a closet case.

“It’s about time that South Carolina (says) hey, We’re tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina,” Feliciano said. “We’re ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party. We’re done with this.”

Feliciano made his remarks at a press conference attended by three other Republicans trying to unseat Graham. The four had pledged to support whoever among their ranks makes it into a run-off against the incumbent. Two of the other candidates, Richard Cash and Bill O’Connor, issued statements distancing themselves from Feliciano, a policeman with no political experience and zero chance of making it to the run-off. The fourth candidate, Lee Bright, had left the press conference before Feliciano got to the microphone.

Feliciano isn’t the only Republican to make an issue out of the rumors around Graham. Last summer, Tea Party favorite Nancy Mace retweeted a message from a fan who saw the campaign as “Nancy Mace vs. Nancy boy Graham.”

And it’s not just Republican opponents. Political writer Charles Pierce at Esquire routinely refers to Graham as Senator Huckleberry J. Butchmeup. (It’s not a term of endearment.)

The Republican primary isn’t until June, so there’s still plenty of time for plenty more snide comments.

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  • Richard

    The Senator from my state of residence. We say he’s a little “light in the loafers”.

  • Apparatus

    He’s got one hand on the maypole. He buzzes with the fruit flies.

  • Harley

    And we are surprised about republicans are throwing each other under the bus using homophobic slurs?

  • Cam

    For me to feel bad for Ghramn he would have to come out.

    He is anti gay politician and frankly I think it would be completely karmic for him to be ousted for being associated with the exact same minority that he has been attacking and demonizing.

  • Merv

    He makes Ladybird Bachmann look like John Wayne.

  • Caleb in SC

    Both of our GOP senators are well past 40, never married, anti-gay and are generally considered to be closet cases.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    “Ham Biscuits.”

  • Alan down in Florida

    If he were doing so much damned damage in Washington I’d almost feel sorry for Lindsay Graham and his self-perceived need to be closeted. Surely there’s a comely Log Cabin Republican or a GOProuder that can get the goods on him once and for all.

  • Alan down in Florida

    that should be weren’t not were.

  • Kieran

    The only possible reason I can think of as to why Lindsey Graham might choose to stay in the closet is that if he did announce he’s gay he’d probably be impeached from office in South Carolina.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Is being gay an impeachable offense (in South Carolina)?

  • Kangol


    “Light in the loafers” and he signs onto any homophobic legislation that’s out there.

    Mike Rogers nearly outed him but then for some reason decided not to publicize it.

    This photo shows once again that Lil Light in the Loafers Lindsey is the walking definition of “GAYFACE.”

    South Carolina’s other Senator, the lone black Republican, Tim Scott, is the other walking definition of ultrareligious “GAYFACE.”

  • Kangol

    Speaking of which, both current black Senators, the Democrat C0ry Bo0ker, and the Republican Tim Scott, could both be gay. Wouldn’t that be something? At least Bo0ker is strongly pro-gay. Scott, not at all.

  • Caleb in SC

    @Kieran: @1EqualityUSA: Only Congress can impeach someone for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but I wouldn’t put it past the religious wackos in the Upstate of South Carolina to try to launch a recall against him if it were true.

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