According to my RNC sources, never before has a seated member of the RNC actually done more than threaten to challenge an elected GOP official. That is, never before, until Buddy Witherspoon, a RNC National Committeeman from South Carolina came along. In the next few days Witherspoon will announce that he is actually going ahead with his threat to challenge first term South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in a primary next summer. My RNC source tells me over the years there have been several RNC Committeemen who have threatened a run, but they were always talked out of it in order to preserve party unity. Unfortunately, Buddy Witherspoon is more interested in pursuing a personal agenda focused on his extreme views on immigration reform than he is in maintaining party loyalty.
Dr. Buddy Witherspoon, a dentist from Columbia, South Carolina is married, has one daughter and three grandchildren. He has been involved in the SC-GOP since 1996. Witherspoon claims to be a “Devout” Christian having been involved with the Westside Assembly of God and a lay leader at the Salem Methodist Church. He has been active against legalized gambling and is a friend of the library. These are the activities listed on Witherspoon’s web site.
Unfortunately, he forgot to mention an alleged previous involvement with the KKK and his membership in the ultra right wing Council of Conservative Citizens. Over the years he has resisted all calls and demands from the SC GOP establishment to resign from the CofCC, which has strong ties to the white supremacist organization, Stormfront. According to an article in the New York Times, “…“…A member of the Republican National Committee told state Republicans that he was severing his bond with the Council of Conservative Citizens. This official, Buddy Witherspoon, told the state party's executive committee on Saturday he would no longer be part of the conservative group. Mr. Witherspoon said: ''I am a Christian. I am a conservative. But one thing I am not is a racist.'' In January, Mr. Witherspoon refused a request by Jim Nicholson, chairman of the Republican National Committee, that he renounce his ties with the group.”