Who is Lee Bright? That’s a question that should be familiar to the many Charlestonians who have seen the blue tarp signs around busy area roadways. While you may be familiar with the question, you might not know the answer.
Bright is a Republican state senator from Spartanburg who is challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the GOP primary. And he has some, shall we say, interesting ideas. We’ve written about some of them before — and also how he doesn’t care if people think he’s a loon. In fact, Bright seems to revel in making headline-grabbing remarks regardless of how they might sound. Such as suggesting IRS members could turn into “Brownshirts.”
Now Bright is calling for the impeachment of some federal judges — and one judge in particular. He centered his criticism around a federal judge in Utah who recently struck down that state’s same-sex marriage ban.
“These federal judges are absolutely of control on so many different fronts,” Bright told a Tea Party gathering, according to an audio recording of his comments.
I think if you just took the most egregious case, possibly the one out in Utah where basically the state constitution is being trumped by one federal judge, in a sense the will of a sovereign state … Congress ought to stand up and do its job and impeach one of these federal judges. And I think when you do that — being a federal judge is a pretty good gig — and I think if you’ll impeach just one, the rest of them will do the right thing. And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.
Bright is one of four Republican candidates positioning themselves to the hard right of Graham’s flank.
Meanwhile, a same-sex couple here in South Carolina is challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.
Federal judge Joe Anderson would have heard the case, but he recused himself because of his ties to the Boy Scouts of America where he took a position on scout discussions involving the organization’s stance on gay scouts. U.S. Judge Michelle Childs, an appointee of President Barack Obama, replaced him.