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.”
Unfortunately Witherspoon’s white supremacist ties do not end with the CofCC, which has been actively involved in efforts to separate Lindsey Graham from his Senate Seat. Witherspoon’s alleged KKK ties would, if he were elected, make him “the farthest right member of the South Carolina delegation and possibly the entire US Senate.” Over the years Witherspoon has been an honored speaker at various CofCC events.
The white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens calls him an “excellent conservative” and is championing his Senate primary bid against Lindsey Graham, whom they consider far to liberal, primarily because of his more moderate position on immigration. They have gone so far as to celebrate and champion, along with the supporters of GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul, a censure of Graham in Greenville County, one of the most staunchly Republican counties in all of South Carolina. The Anti Defense League has noted that on April 29, 2007, the racist CofCC demonstrated in front of Senator Lindsey Graham’s Greenville, SC office. The racist Council of Conservative Citizens considers Lindsey Graham the “Worst Senator in the US.”
Witherspoon has additional white supremacist ties. Marcus Epstein is founder of the Robert A. Taft Club, denounced by the SPLC as an extremist organization. Epstein hosted Witherspoon’s first fundraiser. He is a regular contributor to the racist VDARE, owned by Peter Brimelow who has National Socialist ties. He also contributes to the racist publication American Renaissance, which is edited by Jared Taylor, another noted extremist with National Socialist ties. Epstein has also appeared on The Political Cesspool, a white supremacist radio program hosted by James Edwards. The Political Cesspool, like the other organizations, also proudly admits to hosting a plethora of KKK, white supremacists and Neo-Nazi “personalities.”
Early supporters of Buddy Witherspoon also include former GOP President hopeful and alleged white supremacist Pat Buchanan and lame duck Colorado Congressman and current Presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo.
Several months ago, Senator Lindsey Graham earned the ire of many of the more extreme anti-immigration organizations and supporters including the powerful and prestigious US Immigration Reform PAC run by Mary Lou Tanton, wife of noted anti-immigration “puppeteer” John Tanton. “…U.S. Immigration Reform Political Action Committee (USIRP), which helped defeat Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich., in the 2000 general election over his pro-illegal alien voting record, announced today it will target senators for defeat again in 2008. "The top senator we want to defeat is Lindsey Graham R-SC…" says USIRP communications director Phil Kent…. Kent said the group will also "assess the yes votes of all senators regardless of party, and will target incumbents in either their primary or general election campaigns, whichever is appropriate…”
Other John Tanton backed organizations, such as Numbers USA’s South Carolina version, NumbersSC had regularly posted extremist anti-immigration allegations against Lindsey Graham. They are joined by other extremists such at the Teshua Press and Americans Have Had Enough, which features a link page to more anti-Graham sites.
There is one absolutely fascinating aspect in all of the efforts to separate Lindsey Graham from his Senate seat. Most if not all proponents of the movement are avid supporters of GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul. There is an undisguised close association with the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. There is also a very close association with organizations tied to anti-immigration godfather, John Tanton. There is one other absolutely fascinating aspect to all of this. If you do a little investigating, Americans Have Had Enough is based out of South Carolina, but one of the leaders is a Coloradoan named Jacque Ponder. Ponder works directly with Congressman Tom Tancredo.
It is quite obvious Senator Lindsey Graham has angered more than a few of the more extreme anti-immigration supporters in the nation. They have converged on him in what they hope is the perfect storm of revenge, basically running rough-shod over Graham’s South Carolina constituents. The message is short, simple, and to the point. If you cross us we are going to do our level best to remove you from office. In November of 2006 they tried the same tactic with GOP Congressman Chris Cannon in Utah. They lost. Cannon won.
Currently Lindsey Graham has around $4 million in his war chest. Another South Carolinian, “Christian Conservative” Tim Carnes, and one additional individual have announced their primary intentions. Buddy Witherspoon isn’t alone in his desire to unseat Senator Graham on a single issue. But, he is alone in the fact that this is the first time in the history of the Republican National Committee that one of their own is daring to break his vow of loyalty to the Republican Party and challenge a seated Republican elected official.
Conservatives like Dr. Witherspoon claim they are wearing the mantle of Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately they have completely forgotten Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Your Fellow Republican.
While several of Marcus Epstein's commentaries have appeared in American Renaissance as 'reprints' and at least one press release have appeared in the publication, Mr. Epstein has never been 'TECHNICALLY" directly involved with American Renaissance as a writer. It should be noted that other publications have mentioned that Mr. Epstein is a writer for American Renaissance and have never retracted that information. SJ Reidhead would also like to note that while Mr. Epstein does not appear to directly write for American Renaissance, it appears that he has never protested the fact that several of his columns have been reprinted from either Vdare or Lew Rockwell. It also appears as though he actively sought the participation of American Readers for at least one Robert A. Taft Club program.