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SC Senate Candidate Lee Bright Wants Congress To Impeach Pro-Equality Federal Judges: LISTEN

LeebrightIt looks like South Carolina's got a terrifying candidate on the books for 2014's senatorial elections, and his name is Lee Bright. The Republican, who will be challenging Senator Lindsey Graham (long rumored to be gay), gave a disheartening and disturbing response to a Tea Party group in Utah regarding the state's pro-marriage equality federal ruling. Bright would like one of these pro-equality federal judges to be impeached by Congress as a means to encourage others to "do the right thing."

Right Wing Watch reports:

Bright told Tea Party Express, “Congress ought to stand up and do its job and impeach one of these federal judges. And I think when you do that, being a federal judge is a pretty good gig, and I think if you’ll impeach just one, the rest of them will do the right thing. And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.”

The Constitution grants lifetime appointments to federal judges “during good behavior.” In the nation’s history, only eight federal judges have been impeached and removed from office by Congress –most for committing crimes or severely neglecting their duties.

Bright also spoke about his desire for looser gun control laws, inaccurately utilizing Israel as a comparison point for the United States:

"You look over at Israel, and that’s an armed group of folks over there,” he said. “I mean, they are teachers with machine guns on playgrounds, because you got terrorists over there that would choose to harm children and whose teachers are there to protect them. When you’ve got folks that are armed and able to defend themselves, the threat of terrorism goes down drastically.”

Let us know your thoughts on Bright in the comments below. 

And listen to his rants, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The name BRIGHT is a misnomer if ever there was one! How bright is someone who thinks a teachers job is to protect their students with guns? The teachers job is to TEACH their students MR. BRIGHT!
    Is it my imagination or do they just get dumber and dumber?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jan 16, 2014 3:45:38 PM

  2. There is nothing these gun-toting teabaggers would love more than to see the government fall completely. Then they could take up arms & rule the country the way the good lord intended.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jan 16, 2014 3:57:31 PM

  3. All you had to tell me was that he was a white Republican male politician from the South (has any of them done ANYTHING good??), and I could have told you he had nothing but stupidity to proclaim.

    Posted by: Kieran | Jan 16, 2014 4:11:49 PM

  4. There is a obviously village somewhere missing an idiot. Whichever one it is, please come and collect him. Thank you for your co-operation.

    Posted by: Jacrobat | Jan 16, 2014 4:20:26 PM

  5. How could such a beautiful state have such a wretched history, and so many wretched motha' f.ckas living in it?

    I'd love to see a palmetto bush again, but I won't.

    Well, there are parts of Pennsylvania that AINT much better.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 16, 2014 4:22:28 PM

  6. "impeached by Congress as a means to encourage others to "do the right thing."

    He seems unable to differentiate between encouragement and coercion.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 16, 2014 4:28:50 PM

  7. When I see and read stories like this, I just get the feeling the these kind of people are so repressed about their own sexuality, that they can only put forth the most extreme policy's to hide who they really are. This man is deep, deep in the closet.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 16, 2014 4:31:18 PM

  8. He's a stupid, irresponsible fool.

    Posted by: joel | Jan 16, 2014 4:44:31 PM

  9. Even Les Bright, or Lee or whatever his name is, would have to admit that the reason they required the Federal Marriage Amendment during the Bush years is because they knew then, and still know now, that the US Constitution protects fundamental rights for all, and protects equal rights for all.

    The country rejected the Federal Marriage Amendment, multiple times.

    There will be no impeachments.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 16, 2014 4:45:30 PM

  10. Bright's understanding of the Constitution: Protect gun rights and allow him to discriminate. Anyone that disagrees with his view is unAmerican. Sounds like a perfect TP candidate to me.

    Another anti-government dominionist TPer. Starting to see the pattern yet? What are the odds there's Koch money behind him?

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 16, 2014 4:57:13 PM

  11. On what grounds could the Federal Judges be impeached ? He doesn't seem to have specified what they would be impeached for.

    Posted by: Den | Jan 16, 2014 5:04:18 PM

  12. Mr not-too-Bright seems to have missed the point of an INDEPENDENT judiciary. Judges are there to rule on the legal merits, not make whatever is the most popular decision. Threatening them all with impeachment is most decidedly UN-American.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jan 16, 2014 5:27:09 PM

  13. He seems bright enough to bag groceries at the local supermarket. I guess that's enough for him to qualify as one of them folks, you know?

    Posted by: Mark Twain | Jan 16, 2014 6:03:54 PM

  14. I have a better idea. Let's impeach all Republican closet cases.

    Posted by: David | Jan 16, 2014 6:29:19 PM

  15. Pity the poor hicks in South Carolina who get to choose between the closeted warmonger Lindsay Graham or this dunce Lee Bright. Is this really the best we can come up with?

    Posted by: Kenny | Jan 16, 2014 7:52:01 PM

  16. Yet another reason to hate the fact that I live in SC.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jan 16, 2014 8:23:54 PM

  17. Good Lord do they even know what impeachment entails ? Will say anything for attention in a desperate attempt to stay relevant.

    Posted by: NwYrker | Jan 17, 2014 8:01:07 AM

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