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Sen. Lindsey Graham has drawn a Democratic opponent in his bid for re-election next year.
The South Carolina Republican’s opponent, Jaime Harrison, said he is running because he doesn’t like Graham’s transformation from John McCain-style Maverick, to avid Donald Trump defender and toady.
“Everything that people dislike in politics today, the political opportunism, just doing things that is in your best interest instead of in the best interest of the people that you represented is what we see in this new version of Lindsey Graham,” said Harrison, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. “I used to look up to Lindsey Graham as someone that even though I disagreed with him on the policy and sometimes political positions, I still thought that this was someone who was above the fray, a statesman who could work with both sides. But this new version of Lindsey Graham, we can call him Lindsey Graham 2.0, it is exactly what people hate about politics.”
Graham has noticably changed positions in recent years, particularly on Trump himself. When both men were Republican presidential candidates in 2016 and afterward as Trump was in the White House, Graham often was Trump’s fiercest critic.
However, just recently, Graham left many Democrats and others aghast as he recommended that Donald Trump Jr “plead the Fifth” in testimony before a Senate committee.
Harrison threw his hat in the ring this week and reportedly began a successful fundraising haul, bringing in about $270,000 in the first 24 hours of his campaign. That total came from about 9,500 donations, mostly small-dollar ones.