Friday, July 11, 2014

Senator Graham and the CRPD

There are substantial conversations occurring among Republicans on text of a resolution on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I hope Senator Graham of South Carolina is participating. Why? Because he has a track record for joining with other Senators of both parties to resolve big, complicated problems in a reasonable way. Furthermore, he has a long history with Senator McCain from Arizona, who strongly supports ratification of the CRPD. And finally, Senator Graham respects the power and strength of our Constitution and is a strong advocate for us being a credible player on the international stage.

He won the Republican primary on June 10, 2014 easily over his challengers, receiving more than 50 percent of the votes. His sister, for whom he took responsibility when their parents died when she was 13, has said that her brother has always been there for her. South Carolina voters tend to feel the same way, as do those who serve in the military. Senator Graham is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and probably is among the top three Senators in ranking who have made multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a Senate leader on bipartisan immigration reform.

He has a record for figuring out how to “tread the needle”, while remaining true to fundamental principles. He has been characterized as an effective strategist and tactician. Well, if that is so, we could use his help now. His primary is behind him. He is a friend of Senator McCain. He’s not afraid to work with Democrats. He is an independent thinker. He is a problem solver. We must ratify the CRPD now. If there is an impasse, Republican supporters of the CRPD (Senators Ayotte, Kirk, McCain, Collins, Murkowski, and Barrasso) have nothing to lose by reaching out to Senator Graham. In addition, people from South Carolina, especially those currently or formerly in military service, could simultaneously approach Senator Graham, and ask him to join his Republican colleagues who support ratification of the CRPD. There is not a moment to waste. His support for ratification would bring more supporters to our side.

Here is Senator Graham’s contact information:

Washington, D.C.: 202.224.5972

Greenville: 864.250.1417

Columbia: (803) 933-0112

Florence: (843) 669-1505

Mt. Pleasant: (843) 849-3887

Rock Hill: (803) 366-2828

Pendleton: (864) 646-4090

Twitter: @LindseyGrahamSC

New Kindle book --  A Moral Imperative:  U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Book link:

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