GOProud co-founder considers primary run against Lindsey Graham

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In the wake of his inexcusable attack on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul following Paul’s “ill-informed” filibuster last week, where he characterized the Kentucky senator’s concerns about drone attacks on U.S. soil as “ridiculous”, there has been a lot of talk about challenging U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary.

Well, that speculation is beginning to reap benefits.

Bruce Carroll, a founder of the Republican gay rights group GOProud, announced Monday via his blog GayPatriot that he is “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.”

Carroll also announced that he is resigning as vice chairman of GOProud to avoid being a distraction to the gay rights group as he contemplates a primary challenge.

“I felt it best to resign from GOProud in advance of the CPAC conference this week so that my position in GOProud would not be a distraction from my serious deliberations regarding my potential future plans in South Carolina public service,” Carroll wrote.

He continues:

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.

While it remains to be seen if Carroll is up to the daunting task of unseating a two-term incumbent U.S. senator, this is an encouraging sign for conservatives who’ve grown weary of Graham’s antics.


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