Move over Sen. Lee Bright and Sen. Tom Davis, Bruce Carroll aka @GayPatriot is “coming out” to challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2014. This is not a publicity stunt like Stephen Colbert running for president of South Carolina-this is the real deal. Today Politico.com reports, “Bruce Carroll announced his resignation as vice chairman of GoProud Monday, citing a possible 2014 Senate bid as part of the reason.”
There has been a lot of buzz on social media about Bruce Carroll running against Sen. Graham. The twitter hashtag #GayPatriotForSenate has exploded with support for Mr. Carroll. Today Carroll tweeted:
Recently, Tim Scott became the first black senator in SC making history not only for our state but for the south. This symbolized a change in SC politics indicating that voters are more focused on a person’s character and conservative principles rather than what a person looks like. Many younger voters in SC are becoming more libertarian and could care less if Bruce Carroll is gay. They are more concerned about the wrong direction the country is headed with massive government expansion and government encroachment of their civil liberties.
Many conservative voters are angry with Sen. Graham (R) when he attack Sen. Rand Paul for filibustering John Brennan’s nomination. Sen. Lindsey Graham said,
“the prospect of drones being used to kill people in the United States was “ridiculous” and called the debate “paranoia between libertarians and the hard left that is unjustified.”
Many in SC are now looking for a principled conservative to replace Sen. Graham in 2014 and though it would be a challenge to oust Sen. Graham, Carroll could be the right man to do it with financial backing and grassroots support.
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