Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

South Carolina GOP Censures Controversial State Senator by Gregory Hilton

The Lexington County (SC) Republican Party is tonight voting on a resolution to expel State Senator Jake Knotts from the GOP. The resolution censures Knotts, revokes his party membership and asks him to resign. The Greenville County GOP will be taking up a similar resolution, and it is also pending before the state executive committee.
Knotts referred to gubernatorial frontrunner Nikki Haley as a “raghead.” Her parents are from Punjab in India and she was raised Sikh, but converted to Methodism. Knotts said “We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.”
South Carolina GOP Vice Chairman Patrick Haddon said “We cannot sit idly by and watch our Party be torn apart by Senator Knotts’ bigotry. This is the harshest penalty the Party can impose, and it is more than justified in this situation. I call on all Republicans who are backing Knotts to withdraw their endorsements.”
Knotts says his remarks on the “Pub Politics” program were taken out of context: “My ‘raghead’ comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest. Bear in mind that this was a freewheeling, anything-goes radio program that is broadcast from a pub. It is similar to a political version of Saturday Night Live, which is actually where the joke came from. Since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize. I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur.”
Knotts was supporting Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer who came in fourth in the primary. State Rep. Nikki Haley is also from Lexington County. Knotts says if the resolution passes he will not resign from the State Senate. The meeting began at 7 pm tonight and it is open to the public.
By a vote of 25 to 7, the Lexington County Republican Party has just voted to censure Senator Knotts. He has been a member of the General Assembly since 1995 and he did not attend the gathering. He is refusing to resign his seat in the State Senate.

Utah Senate Race: Who is the “True Conservative”? Senator Bob Bennett Endorses Tim Bridgewater by Gregory Hilton

PHOTO: The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate is on June 22nd. Mike Lee, left, is shown after a May 20th debate with his opponent Tim Bridgewater. Dr. Laura Bridgewater, a professor of Molecular Biology at BYU, is in the center. She defended her Ph.D. dissertation just 4 days before their youngest children – twins – were born.

Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) will endorse Tim Bridgewater as his successor next Monday. Bennett came in third at the May 8th Utah Republican State Convention, and a primary between Bridgewater and attorney Mike Lee will be held on June 22nd.
At the convention, Bridgewater defeated Lee by a 57% to 43% margin, but he needed 60% of the vote to avoid a primary. Bridgewater is Chairman of Interlink Capital Strategies and has participated in over $120 million of private equity investments. He has so far loaned his campaign $391,745.
Senator Bennett would have been renominated for another term if he could have entered a primary. His problem was that the nomination was decided at the state convention. A Mason Dixon Poll conducted for the Salt Lake Tribune prior to the convention indicated Bennett was by far the most popular GOP candidate in the race.
Thirty-nine percent said they would vote for Bennett, compared to 20 percent for Lee, and 14 percent for Bridgewater. Cherilyn Eagar, a social conservative, received 16% of the vote on the first ballot at the convention and finished fourth. She has also endorsed Bridgewater.
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