RELEASE: New Ads Show Graham Siblings Overcame Tough Times Together
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today released new television and radio ads featuring his younger sister, Darline, talking about the role Lindsey played in her childhood and how they overcame difficult times together.

Lindsey and Darline Graham grew up in the small Upstate town of Central where their family owned a restaurant and pool hall. Because their parents had to work – even when they were sick – in order to provide for the family, Lindsey played an instrumental role in helping raise his younger sister Darline.

When he was in college at the University of South Carolina, both of Lindsey’s parents died within 15 months of each other. Darline was 13 years old at the time. Lindsey arranged for Darline to move in with an aunt and uncle in Seneca, and he came home from school every weekend to help care for her. Before joining the U.S. Air Force, Lindsey became the legal guardian of Darline in order to provide insurance and benefits for her.

“I have always looked up to Lindsey,” said Darline Graham Nordone, now married with two children in Lexington, South Carolina. “He’s just always been there for me as long as I can remember. My parents, since they had to work a lot, Lindsey was kind of the one there that took care of me. If I fell down and scraped my knee, Lindsey was the one I ran to.”

Darline described the difficulty of losing both parents at a young age and how she leaned even more heavily on Lindsey: “It was hard when we lost my mom and my dad. Lindsey assured me that he was going to take care of me, he was going to be there for me. He never let me down. Never. I don’t see how he did it, to take on the responsibility of raising a little sister. That came from within for Lindsey.”

Bart Daniel, a law school classmate of Lindsey Graham’s and a former U.S. Attorney, recalled that Lindsey was unique in law school. “While all the other guys were out having a good time, Lindsey was taking care of his little sister,” said Daniel.

The six-figure, statewide advertising campaign on television, radio, and digital media outlets features two 60-second radio ads, as well as 30 and 60 second television ads. The new ads also feature family photos that have never been seen publicly.

The 30-second television ad is available here:

The 60-second television ad is available here:

Listen to the Darline One radio ad here:

Listen to the Darline Two radio ad here:

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About Lindsey Graham

In the United States Senate, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham has earned a reputation as a conservative, a problem-solver, and a leader who gets things done. He is a great friend to our men and women serving in uniform, a respected voice on national security matters, a leading advocate for cutting the out-of-control spending in Washington, and a champion for confirming conservative judges. Learn more about Lindsey here.