[image-1] One Charleston designer has taken artistic license to suggest some campaign material for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s next re-election bid. Drivers on the Crosstown may have seen it this morning, a massive sign for “Lindsey Sham” hanging off the highway that runs through the middle of downtown.

The sign is the product of local designer Buff Ross, who came up with the idea last week from Graham himself when he called the inquest into Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault a “sham.” The senator had a few other things to say, of course, but they didn’t rhyme with Graham.

After seeing Graham’s rage-filled outburst on Thursday last week and getting wind of protests coming up the next day, Ross whipped up a logo package for his new ‘client’ and headed over to Graham’s Mt. Pleasant office. Dressing the part of a preppy, middle-aged Republican (“even though I am not, I’m past middle age and a lifelong Democrat”), Ross debated even participating in the protest last week. [image-2] But after some encouraging from passersby and some help to make a bigger version of his sign, Ross thought it might be time to get a little more visibility as senators prepare to vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court. The banner is hanging north side of the highway near President Street.

The Crosstown is formally named for Septima Clark, a Charleston educator and activist for civil rights who fought for racial equality for African-Americans across the South.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault by multiple women, with one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testifying last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the specifics of the sexual attack she says was perpetrated by the man seeking a lifetime appointment to the nation’s high court. Despite her testimony, the Republican controlled committee passed Kavanaugh’s nomination on to the full Senate, which is poised to vote in the next day or so to confirm him.