What do Lee Bright, Richard Cash, Bill Connor and Nancy Mace have in common? They are four decent, true conservatives who are seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in the June 10 Republican primary.


While collectively they don’t have the millions of dollars that Graham will lavish on this race, they do share some positive characteristics: none of them have spent 20 years inside the beltway, none of them have been co-opted by the Washington, D.C., establishment, and none of them are subservient tools of the Obama administration.


Voters interested in what real conservative candidates for the U.S. Senate look like should check out their web sites. What is most surprising is that neither Bright, Cash, Connor nor Mace are particularly extreme.


Instead, they bear strong resemblance politically to former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a greatly popular and widely respected political figure. None of them will cozy up to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry or Barack Obama.


The voters have a real choice in the Republican primary. They can either vote for Graham, as always a tired and uninspiring pick, or they can take the plunge with one of these exciting and solidly conservative challengers. For any red-blooded conservative, this shouldn’t be a tough call.


Carolyn Miller


Aiken