BY AMANDA COYNE
Source: The Greenville News
June 2, 2016
Sen. Lee Bright is the target of a new radio ad from the S.C. Good Government Committee, a PAC associated with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
The ad sharply criticizes Bright’s voting record, including his recent vote against a $40 million farm aid package and against the roads bill that is headed to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. The 60-second radio spot is the first of two that will run on Upstate radio stations through the June 14 primary, according to a committee press release.
“He’s trying to hold up roads solutions, voting against our farmers and doing nothing to get more jobs to the Upstate,” the ad says. “We need a Senator to lead the way, not get in the way.”
Bright, a Republican representing Greenville and Spartanburg counties, is facing three opponents in the June 14 primary and has said he is confident he will be elected to a third term. The ultra-conservative senator has a penchant for making polarizing statements and filing controversial legislation. In April, Bright filed a bill that would ban the use of restrooms not aligning with a person’s sex at birth, which would restrict bathroom access for transgender people.
He was a vocal opponent of the removal of the Confederate battle flag and was one of three senators to vote against the bill that brought it down in 2015.
Bright and the Chamber have not had a warm relationship this election cycle. The state chamber and multiple local-level chambers criticized Bright after he introduced the so-called bathroom bill, as did Bright’s primary opponents.