He continued: “My conclusion was that he was more interested in currying favor than in honoring the memory of a true American hero whom he had described as his best friend. I was extremely disappointed.”
Wilkerson said he has known Harrison “for years and had been impressed with his intelligence, his genuine warmth and concern for all people, and his moderate stance on the issues that confront us,” adding that he believes the Democrat will help foster bipartisanship among the parties.
In his criticism of Graham, Wilkerson said the senator was “a leader of … divisiveness” in Congress and that “the willingness to work across the aisle seemed to vanish” from him after 2017.
The retired businessman said he had written to Graham to tell him he “no longer recognized him as the man I once supported.”
Wilkerson also criticized Graham’s decision to support the Republican tax overhaul bill in 2017 as well as his recent effort to block the Paycheck Protection Program, which Congress passed in March to provide help to workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
“Apparently, he feels that it is OK to share government dollars with those who don’t truly need the money, but deny any small windfall to working people who have lost their jobs,” he wrote. “These two actions tell me who is important to him, and I do not agree with his direction.”