White House Watch: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham makes this week’s White House Watch after announcing he is creating an exploratory committee to consider a run for the U.S. Presidency.

Graham is what you might call an odd duck among Republican contenders in that he doesn’t hail from the Tea Party wing of the party as evidenced by his many primary challengers during last year’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, a campaign he won. During that campaign one of Graham’s challengers called him “ambiguously gay.”

The 59-year-old South Carolina native handily won re-election to the Senate, a post he inherited from the late Southern firebrand Strom Thurmond in 2002. Graham is known as a staunch national security hawk and has a stellar record of service in the U.S. Air Force.

Last week, during confirmation hearings for Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch, Graham asked Lynch to explain the constitutional differences between same-sex marriage and polygamy.

“Could you try to articulate how one could be banned under the constitution and another not?” Graham asked.

Lynch said she had not been involved in the analysis or argument of the cases that have gone before the Supreme Court, stating “I’m not comfortable undertaking legal analysis without having the ability to undertake a review of the relevant facts and the precedent there.”

Gregory Angelo, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, told the Washington Blade that Graham has had a “less-than-cordial relationship” with the national gay GOP organization. Graham is a confirmed bachelor.

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