Advertisements

Rand Paul’s Next Stop? Tennessee

Rand Paul (R-KY) seems to be on what many are considering a campaign spree. Rand is outpacing even the most ambitious names being thrown into the pot for possible 2016 GOP candidates. This shows his earnest desires to be a statesman connected to the people much like his father was, but also a far more pragmatic strategy where the Senior Paul could not deliver. Rand Paul was the first possible GOP candidate to hit the three early primary states. Paul has already hit South Carolina in January, here he addressed a group of Republican business leaders, and is already planning to return in the Summer to headline a statewide GOP gathering. He’s also scheduled to deliver keynote speeches at the annual dinners hosted by state GOP parties in Iowa and New Hampshire on May 10 and May 20. While in New Hampshire, he and GOP National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are planning to hold a round-table meeting with tea-party activists in the state. Paul’s next stop is this Saturday in Tennessee. Tennessee is an important state for Paul, being from Kentucky, he is expected to have a strong showing in the neighboring state to the South if he decides to thrown in his hat. Paul is scheduled to deliver the Keynote speech at the Tennessee Republican Assembly Annual Conference. The event has sold out. James Gann, with Tennessee Campaign for Liberty provided us with the following statement:Rand Paul3

“I’m really excited to see Senator Rand Paul coming to speak at the TRA convention, and grateful to Sharon Ford and others at the TRA who have put this event together. Senator Paul has had a strong unifying effect between the libertarian and conservative groups within the Republican Party, and he provides a much needed voice for liberty on Capitol Hill. He is a candidate that I feel we can all get behind going into the 2016 presidential primaries”

Paul is scheduled to arrive at 10:00 AM to the Millennium Maxwell House hotel overlooking Downtown Nashville where he will first meet with organizers of the event before holding a book signing and delivering his keynote speech.

Can State Senator Bright Beat Lindsey Graham

South Carolina, and for that matter the entire non-establishment GOP is sick of Lindsey Graham. Many names have been thrown around, but no one has emerged as a definitive candidate just yet. Three names do stick out the most though. If Graham is going to be beat it has to be done in the primary. If South Carolina is serious about having a solid US Senator who will not tred on their constitutional rights they will have to come together on one candidate to contest
Graham. If the vote is split in any way, Graham will walk away victorious. That’s the hope of the Graham campaign anyways.

Is Lee Bright the one to Beat Lindsey Graham?

Is Lee Bright the one to Beat Lindsey Graham?

One name is State Senator Lee Bright. Bright is said to be nearing a decision soon. However, he has been troublesome for South Carolina from the start. First, his poll numbers are troublesome. Bright was down in the polls by more than 10 points against  the liberal leaning, alleged rapist State Senator Hawkins and was far behind in fundraising. It was not until Governor Haley stepped in to help Bright and save the South Carolina’s image that he was able to squeak out the primary win. If Bright is to take on one of the most heavily funded US Senators it is concerning that he could not out raise and out poll a State Senator that one police investigator referred to as “one of the strongest rape cases I have ever seen.” Second, even if Bright can overcome his troubles at the polls his financial crisis presents another problem. Bright’s company owes Capital Bank more than $318,000 and is currently facing foreclosure threats. Bright prides himself on being a fiscal Conservative, but is having trouble with his own finances. This is something Graham will surely attack him on. Many within the state are against Bright running. One  federal congressman has even asked him not to run. To Bright’s defense, he does have an incredibly strong voting record. However, many worry that’s not nearly enough to put him over the edge against Graham.

Another name to stick out is State Senator Tom Davis. Davis is extremely popular in South Carolina, particularly the grassroots. Davis even has a National audience with 17k Facebook fans, and 7k Twitter followers. His social media presence dwarfs most federal representatives all around the country. However, Davis does not feel the time is right and wants to focus on South Carolina legislation.

Next is the most recent, and perhaps strongest name being floated around Nancy Mace. When we previously reported on Mace we had no idea of the viral response that would follow. Her name went viral and internal statistics show that her name has been shared more than 30k times on social media networks within the last 48 hours. Those hoping to draft Mace to run against Graham created a Facebook page last night. The page reached more than 500 fans in less than 24 hours and is growing by the minute. In contrast, Lee’s Facebook draft page has only 200 fans and has been active for over 5 months. What makes Mace so popular? For one, she has Tom Davis’ blessing. Davis is now a major force behind propelling Mace to run against Graham. Second, Mace is the daughter of Brigadier General Emory Mace (US Army, Retired), and first ever female graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Mace is also the founder of The Mace Group LLC holding a Master’s of Mass Communication and Journalism, and a Bachelor’s of Business. She is a contributor to The Daily Caller and The Hill, giving her a National platform. Mace is also the author of “In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel”. These credentials make Mace an incredibly strong contender and the Nation has taken notice. Mace has told us that Super PACs are starting to eye her and consultants have now been in contact. However, Mace is still unsure of what her next move will be.

With Davis out of the picture, it seems that the two possible primary candidates are Bright and Mace. With Bright’s financial issues, polling problems, and lack of fundraising many are wondering if Bright’s motive is to advance liberty, or his own personal agenda for a bigger stage. Both have solid intentions and goals for advancing liberty, but whoever ends up taking on Graham will need to be a well funded, well articulated, sharp candidate free of baggage.  The Graham machine’s gears are starting to turn and they will be working overtime as this unpopular, establishment Republican is not going to go out quietly.

.