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It’s on: GayPatriot resigns GOProud post to focus on potential run against Graham


Last week, blogger Bruce Carroll, aka GayPatriot, suggested that he might be open to running against faux-conservative political squish Sen. Lindsey Graham. Many conservatives were intrigued and excited by the idea, and they encouraged him to seriously consider a U.S. Senate bid.

Well, today, they’re a little closer to getting their wish. This morning, Carroll announced that he was resigning his position as vice chairman of gay conservative group GOProud in order to focus on his potential political future:


— GayPatriot (@GayPatriot) March 11, 2013

Over the next few weeks, I will be studying the resources, time and effort it would take to do my part in holding Lindsey Graham accountable for his voting record and his attitude toward the voters in South Carolina.

This is important: I do not make major decisions hastily; I will take adequate time to realistically look at all of the evidence (pro and con) and consult with a diverse group of people that I trust and that also have the best interests of South Carolina at heart as I do.

If I believe I could provide a serious alternative to Senator Graham for the voters of South Carolina, and I can find the financial and moral support to join me in that effort, then I will take those next formal steps needed to do so.

So, could this really be happening? Plenty of conservative Twitterers hope so. Should he pursue a Senate campaign, Carroll won’t have an easy road ahead of him:

First steps for @gaypatriot if he decides to run for Senate: candidacy, economic interest forms, $10,440 filing fee:

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) March 11, 2013

But he already has tremendous support, and #GayPatriotForSenate fans are rallying to Carroll’s cause:

SO proud of @gaypatriot for keeping @lindseygrahamsc accountable! #gaypatriotforsenate

— Matt Colt Hall (@MattColtHall) March 11, 2013

@gaypatriot Best of luck to you, Bruce!

— Kimberly C(@conkc2) March 11, 2013

Hey @seanhannity, @marklevinshow, etc…..might be good to interview @gaypatriot. Let the country show him we want him in OUR Senate!

— Harry(@Tark31) March 11, 2013

@gaypatriot @johnekdahl @benhowe A gay Republican Senator and black Republican Senator in SC? Visual of liberal heads exploding…..

— Jay Caruso (@jaycaruso) March 11, 2013

@gaypatriot Tell me what you need. I’ll do what I can. #GayPatriotForSenate

— Meredith (@Mermaz) March 11, 2013

Best wishes on your decision to run for Senate. You’d give the senate more credibility, so you’ve got my support! @gaypatriot

— Fitzy (@fitzfam2000) March 11, 2013

Very impressed with @gaypatriot for walking the walk. Will happily, enthusiastically support him if he decides to run! #GayPatriotForSenate

— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) March 11, 2013

@gaypatriot I’m with you, man! #GayPatriotForSenate

— Tommy Auth (@tommyauth) March 11, 2013

#PrimaryGraham! Go, Bruce!MT @melissatweets VOTE for @gaypatriot! A Lindsay @grahamblog challenger we can believe in!

— Prudence Paine (@PruPaine) March 11, 2013

Lots of tweets encouraging @gaypatriot to primary (SC-R) Lindsey Graham #GayPatriotForSenate

— TBradley (@TBradleyNC) March 11, 2013

If true, I will contribute to @gaypatriot for #SCSen. RT if you would, too! #PrimaryLindsey

— Matthew Hurtt (@matthewhurtt) March 11, 2013

I’d love to live in a state represented by @nikkihaley, @senatortimscott, and @gaypatriot.

— Alex Amateis (@AlexAmateis) March 11, 2013

I will support and campaign for @gaypatriot for Senate.

— Bryan Tupper (@BryTupper) March 11, 2013

@gaypatriot where/when can we donate to your exploratory committee? A lot of us are eager to get you into this fight #gaypatriotforsenate

— Randall Joseph Avila (@RandallJAvila) March 11, 2013

I would 100% support @gaypatriot > @grahamblog.

— Soda B. Band (@GilesMcK) March 11, 2013

@sistertoldjah @gaypatriot I would gladly donate to the campaign.

— Chad Eldred (@ChadEldred) March 11, 2013

If @gaypatriot runs for Senate, that will be the flagship race for this midterm race for conservatives. I would support him totally.

— Kevin Yeaux (@KevinYeaux) March 11, 2013

@tbradleync @gaypatriot : Count me in.I’d break my self-imposed “no donations to politicians” rule for that one!

— Ben Hale (@EYA10) March 11, 2013

@gaypatriot AWESOME!!!GOOD LUCK, let your Twitter followers know what you need, please, I would be happy to help.

— Maureen (@soccbballmom) March 11, 2013

I much prefer the people who want @gaypatriot in the Senate to the people who want Ashley Judd in the Senate.

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 11, 2013

Definitely. Plus, he’s already semi-fluent in Senatorese:

Let’s just get this over with now….#BQHATEVWR

— GayPatriot (@GayPatriot) March 11, 2013


Just one parting question:

Where can one get @gaypatriot For Senate bumper stickers?

— Renna (@RennaW) March 11, 2013


(Editor’s note: This post has been corrected to reflect Carroll’s title at GOProud. He was, in fact, vice chairman; not vice president.)

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