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Tue May 12, 2020, 10:30 AM

Opinion: Why I endorse challenger Harrison over Sen. Lindsey Graham

Greenville News

Some of you have seen in news reports that I have endorsed Jaime Harrison for the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina against Lindsey Graham.

Reactions have varied from support (by far the most people) to threats to never buy Michelin tires. (I suppose this person did not know that I retired eight years ago, but seems to want to punish the outstanding working people at the company I love).

Most of you who know me realize that I hardly ever make political comments publicly, but with the broad communication of my endorsement, I feel like giving my community an explanation.

I supported Lindsey Graham until 2017. I saw him as a moderate Republican who could work across the aisle to get positive change made. But I started having real misgivings about him when he failed to mount any significant defense when Donald Trump attacked his best friend, the late Sen. John McCain.

I asked myself, “What is the character of a man who will not defend his best friend? If he won’t defend John McCain, why would I expect him to defend any of us in South Carolina?”

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