Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, will surely never be President, but just in case, the unmarried candidate for the GOP nomination is heading off speculation about his hypothetical First Lady.
From ABC News
What will bachelor Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., do if he’s elected president in 2016 without a first lady?
“I've got a lot of friends,” the Republican presidential hopeful joked in an exclusive interview with the UK news outlet Daily Mail Online.
“We'll have a rotating first lady.”
It’s the first time the war hawkish South Carolina senator acknowledged his marital status since he began contemplating a run for the White House in 2016.
Oh, but wait - he also has a sister! She can be first lady!
Republican presidential contender Lindsey Graham, a lifelong bachelor, has come up with a plan for how to fill the role of first lady should he take up residence at the White House.
"Well, I've got a sister, she could play that role if necessary"
. . . Graham announced his candidacy in Central, South Carolina, on June 1. His sister, Darline Graham Nordone, was there to introduce him.
Nordone has previously said she's occupied with her immediate family and her job as a public information director for the state's Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, so it's unclear what role she could take up in a Graham presidency, CNN reported.
Many have speculated over the years that Lindsey Graham is actually gay and in the good-old Southern church-going Tea Party - courting closet. But he certainly won't "come out" during a Presidential run, lest the South Carolina Evangelicals refuse to vote for him in the primaries. Indeed, he sought to reassure his conservative voters that though he is unmarried, he is not "defective" - a dog whistle for gay, perhaps. In fact, he almost married one of them-thar wimmens, so he's macho, y'all.
Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s not “defective” because he’s single. While he’s “been close once” to marrying a woman, he’s unsure why he never did so. And he said that if voters want a John F. Kennedy-esque clan in the White House, they should look elsewhere.
“If you are looking for Camelot, I’m not your guy,” Graham said in an interview. “If you’re looking for glitz and glamour, I’m probably the worst choice in the bunch. If you are looking for a determined person to be president, I think I can fill that bill.”
. . . “I’ve been close once early on, [as I was] taking care of my sister,” Graham said when asked why he never married. “It’s something I really don’t know the answer to, other than I think it’s OK. At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong about not being married. Having a marriage and a good family and children is a blessing. But I don’t think I’m a defective person by any means.”
Soon the crazy spread to other politicians, as Senator Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, said this:
“I’ve been joking with Lindsey,” Kirk said, according to audio from the Huffington Post.
“Did you see that? He’s going to have a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.”
After emerging from a meeting in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the usually outspoken Kirk was mostly mum about what he’d said about Graham, a longtime bachelor with White House ambitions.
“No. No, comment,” Kirk said. Asked if he regretted the comment, Kirk responded: “I do.”
His old bromantic friend John McCain chimed in:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Graham’s best friend in the Senate, offered this assessment: “I know he’s dated some attractive women from time to time, but I’ve never seen him get real serious.”
McCain added with a big laugh: “I’ve often told Lindsey that he couldn’t find anybody that loves him as much as he does.”