COLUMBIA State — Sen. Lee Bright’s campaign for U.S. Senate announced an endorsement Tuesday from fellow Spartanburg Republican and two-term state Rep. Bill Chumley.
Bright, a two-term state senator, is one of three announced Republican candidates opposing U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June’s GOP primary.
“He is a true conservative, a senator that's in touch with the people, and he's going to vote that way, and he's going to stand up for our family values,” Chumley said of Bright in an endorsement video.
Lawmakers criticized Chumley in March after he authorized use of the state plane to fly a conservative pundit from Washington, D.C., to Columbia to testify against the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare. The trip cost $6,390.
Bright’s campaign noted that Chumley led an effort in the House to nullify the federal health-care law, introducing a bill meant to halt the law’s implementation in the state. The bill passed the House. Bright pushed for its passage in the Senate where the bill remains.
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