South Carolina State senator Lee Bright is running for U.S. Senate and wants voters to know where he stands on the Second Amendment. So he’s auctioning off an AR-15 as part of his fund-raising efforts. Bright is the first of two US Senate hopefuls using the gun stunt to raise funds. Bright’s example is followed by Paul Broun (R-Georgia).
Bright admits this is a publicity stunt geared at making his name synonymous with what he believes South Carolinians care most about. “We wanted to let folks know my position on the Second Amendment and bring like-minded people together,” said Bright.
Bright is no stranger to wacky headline-grabbing tactics. In 2011, Bright introduced a bill that would have replaced the U.S. dollar in his state with money made of precious metals. Bright reasoned, “Gold and silver is something that has been stable and, you know, I think that folks may have a little more faith in it at this time.” No word on what he would have done when people bought all the state’s gold money for paper, and then left the state. Perhaps someone who thought that one through is the reason this stinker of a bill never passed.
After introducing legislation that contradicted the Affordable Care Act in 2011, Bright told the press, “If at first you don’t secede, try again.” In 2011, Bright introduced legislation that would have stripped state employees of insurance coverage for abortions as a result of rape or incest. When his fellow lawmakers refused to support the change, he accused them of using tax money to kill children. Another instance of Bright’s dubious mental stability is a statement he made about wishing teachers would be required to carry machine guns.
Thankfully, this gun-toting wacko bird secessionist is running a distant second in primary polling against incumbent Lindsay Graham, though we wish he’d win just for the comedy factor. Oh well, we still have the three crazy caballeros around to giggle at – Ryan, Cruz, and Paul.
h/t: The State