U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham made a stop in the Upstate this week to receive an endorsement for a third term in Congress from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) at the Kentwool offices in downtown Greenville.
NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise (SAFE) political action committee issued the endorsement based on Graham’s voting record and positions on small business issues like taxes, health care, labor and regulation, according to NFIB.
The organization cited Graham’s recent votes on preventing taxes on carbon emissions, investment in the Keystone XL Pipeline construction and repealing the estate tax.
“Senator Graham’s record on small business is impeccable,” said Ben Homeyer, state director of NFIB/South Carolina. “He clearly understands the challenges facing South Carolina’s entrepreneurs and small, family businesses, and I have no doubt he’ll continue standing for small business in the years to come.”
“I’m proud to have the backing of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the premier champion for small business in the United States,” said Graham.
In addition, on Tuesday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce officially endorsed Graham at an announcement in Spartanburg at William Barnet & Son textile manufacturing and distribution company.
Jack Howard, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president for congressional and public affairs, said, “Senator Lindsey Graham is a true champion for free enterprise. He is a demonstrated leader on issues that will boost economic freedom and job creation in South Carolina and across the country. We are proud to stand with him.”
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce also named Graham its 2013 Public Servant of the Year.
According to the April Winthrop poll, Graham had a nearly 40 percent approval rating, increasing slightly since the Oct. 2013 poll. In the Republican primary on June 10, Graham faces Columbia pastor Det Bowers, state senator Lee Bright, Upstate business owner Richard Cash, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor and Lowcountry businesswoman Nancy Mace.