Former SEAL and Conservative Leader Stands with Connor


Columbia, SC -  Afghanistan combat veteran, attorney, and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Bill Connor is pleased to announce the personal endorsement of former Navy SEAL and national Tea Party leader Benjamin Smith.

Benjamin is the program director for, an organization to help  veterans understand their  leadership roles in todays society, Director of Strategic Affairs for 912PAC, a founding member of the New Hanover 912 Project, and has served with numerous organizations including The Tea Party Express, Veterans in Politics International, Unite In Action, Move America Forward and America’s Mighty Warriors.

On his endorsement, Smith said, "There are many worthy candidates for office who have not served in our military, but there is something special about those who have. We take an oath to protect and defend--whether that's on the field in combat or here at home. I understand why Bill Connor feels called to serve in this capacity, and it's an honorable and noble cause. Bill understands the issues that face our nation domestically, but also abroad. I personally endorse Bill for the United States Senate, but knowing he is running for political office, I will honor him on his actions and votes only, not promises or platitudes.  As an American Veteran I charge Bill to lead as a Founding Father would.  I believe Bill will lead from the front with true Veteranship in this position."

On receiving this endorsement, Connor said, "Ben Smith has fought for our nation in the highest capacity. It's been a pleasure to speak with him about our mutual desire to protect and defend our nation here at home. We both share a deep love for these United States. I sincerely thank him for his willingness to stand with me in this fight."


Bill Connor is a 24 year Airborne Ranger Infantry officer and Afghanistan combat veteran. He currently serves as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army reserves. He is a Citadel graduate who returned to SC after active military service.  He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 23 years and they have 3 children. The Connors make their home in Orangeburg, where Bill and a partner operate a small general practice law firm with an additional emphasis in military law.