Lieutenant Colonel Bill Connor has become the first GOP primary challenger to Senator Lindsey Graham to hit the television air waives with his campaign ad just released this afternoon.
The ad titled “Graham for Hillary?”, which can be seen above, is hard-hitting against Graham who Connor claims only becomes a conservative in time to sway voters just prior to an election.
The ad starts out with several clips of Graham lavishing praise on Hillary Clinton and even saying that Clinton is/was”most effective Secretary of States”, and “greatest ambassadors” of the American people in his lifetime.
Graham recently released his own ad touting his “conservative record”, a record which Connor strongly disputes in his ad as being anything but conservative…
Connor stated in a press release that, “I was at the TEA Party debate when I first saw this footage of Graham praising and hugging Hillary. I thought it represented what’s most frustrating to South Carolina conservatives about Lindsey Graham–the inherent hypocrisy of calling himself a conservative when he campaigns, but acting like and voting like a moderate or liberal the rest of the time. My plan was always to get on TV first and to stay there.”
Connor continued, “The ad Senator Graham released last week is yet another attempt to confuse voters with his ‘election year conservative makeover.’ The Graham ad starts with his claim of always opposing Obamacare when the truth is he didn’t stand with the 19 true conservatives to stop the funding. He touts siding with Jim DeMint, but the truth is on the two most important votes they both cast, Graham voted to confirm two liberal Supreme Court Justices (Kagan and Sotomayor) and DeMint voted against them. He rails on the administration about Benghazi, but in private has nothing but praise for Hillary. He evens claims to be pro-jobs, but the truth is he supported an internet tax that would cost jobs. This new ad, my initial video, and our campaign’s subsequent ads will expose Senator Graham’s hypocrisy, most of the time using his own words.”
Connor says that the ad will be running statewide on the FoxNews Channel starting this afternoon and is part of a campaign ad strategy that will continue through the primary on June 11th.
Bio: Bill Connor – of Orangeburg SC is an Attorney, a decorated Army Reserve LT. Colonel, and is an expert in counterinsurgency combat. Connor spent 12 years (1990 – 2002) of full time service as an Airborne Ranger, holding various commands such as Ranger Company Commander and General’s Aide.
Since leaving full time service, Connor has continued to serve in the National Guard (2003 – 2008) and has served in the Army Reserve 2008 – present for a total of 23 years of military service.
Connor volunteered for combat duty in Afghanistan where he served as Senior US Advisor in HelmandProvince and American military liaison to British forces in Afghanistan. For his service during deployment, Connor was awarded the Bronze Star. He currently is Director of the Army’s Command and General Staff College (ILE) in S.C., and is a member of the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team.
Connor, along with partner W. Thomas Smith Jr. founded National Defense Consultants LLC, a partnership providing clients with military analysis ranging from geostrategy to special operations; counterterrorism; ground, Naval, and air combat; military leadership and military law. Connor is also the author of the book “Articles from War”
Connor is a graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. He is an attorney and Law Partner for “Horger and Connor, LLC where he has earned an “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest peer evaluation rating of ethics and ability for an attorney practicing law in the United States.
Connor is a former candidate for S.C. Lieutenant Governor (making the runoff election in the Republican primary 2010.) Connor also served as National Security Advisor for presidential candidate and GOP nominee runner-up Rick Santorum and recently served as GOP Chairman for South Carolina’s sixth district.
Connor lives in Orangeburg with his wife Susan and their children Peyton, Brenna, and Will. Susan is a board certified Ob-Gyn doctor in private practice and owner of “Connor’s Healthcare For Women”, who earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson and her Medical Degree from MUSC. She served for eight years as an Army Doctor while married to Bill. Connor and his family are members of Christ Church of the Carolinas in Columbia.