Police officer and political novice Dave Feliciano, who is contesting the Republican primary to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said on the steps of the South Carolina state House Thursday that Graham is "ambiguously gay."
The State reports that Feliciano made the comment as he participated in a news conference announcing that four of Graham's challengers will support whomever ends up in a run-off with the senator, if Graham does not garner 50 percent of the primary vote.
"It's about time that South Carolina [says] hey, 'We're tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina,'" Feliciano said. "'We're ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party. We're done with this.' This is what it's about, all of us coming together and saying, one way or the other, one of us is going to be on that ballot in November."
Filiciano signed an allegiance pact with state Sen. Lee Bright, businessman Richard Cash and Orangeburg, S.C., Attorney Bill Connor before the news event began, according to the paper.
The pledge reads:
We, the undersigned genuine conservative Republicans, agree to endorse whichever one of our fellow signers advances to the run-off election against incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham following the South Carolina Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate on the 10th of June 2014.
Comedian Stephen Colbert, who is also from South Carolina, jokingly demanded in 2010 that Graham release a sex tape to prove his heterosexuality.
South Carolina's primary is scheduled for June 10.