In past votes, SC delegation opposed flood aid
“It’s home we’re talking about now”.
Graham totally remembers voting against Sandy relief, and so do GOP South Carolina Reps.
Many Republicans who voted no on the proposed $51 billion Sandy relief package in 2013, opposed it because of the superfluous spending included in the bill that were unrelated programs to the disaster, and not because they opposed aid. A slightly more likely reason is that Hurricane Sandy hit in a state that wasn’t his a week before a presidential election at a time when being pro-anything as a Republican guarantees a primary challenge.
A Wednesday evening town hall at the Brookline fire station was cancelled because Graham remained in South Carolina to address the flooding in that state.
As for Graham’s explanation for his vote, I’ll gladly update this piece if/when the senator or his office explains his rationale for supporting disaster aid for South Carolina, but not New Jersey.
It’s a charge that has been leveled before in the aftermath of the acrimonious debate the followed Sandy. Especially when Lindsey Graham could have whipped out his phone during the interview and looked up how he voted on Sandy Relief funds in a matter of seconds.
He appeared on CNN yesterday and told Wolf Blitzer about the flood victims in his state, “Rather than putting a price tag on it, let’s just, you know, get through this thing and whatever it costs it costs”.
Beginning his swing on a solo basis, Graham on Thursday will tour Samson Manufacturing in Keene at 11:15 a.m., visit the Cheshire County Fish and Game Club in Keene at 1:45 p.m. and attend a house party hosted by Republican National Committee member Juliana Bergeron, also in Keene, at 5:30 p.m.
Sandy slammed into the Northeast in October 2012 causing widespread loss of property in the region, particularly to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.