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:

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:

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

https://twitter.com/MattColtHall/status/311127321664966656

https://twitter.com/fitzfam2000/status/311153164655153153

https://twitter.com/BryTupper/status/311227182720622592

https://twitter.com/RandallJAvila/status/311176010898997248

https://twitter.com/GilesMcK/status/311231986784161794

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

Heh.

Just one parting question:

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    I hope Rove thinks he’s a viable candidate /roll

    I have been reading the Gay Patriot blog the past couple days. Bruce Carroll(aka GP) has a very strong grasp of the issues and is a stand up conservative man. Has my total support and respect. Bruce Carroll for S.C.’14!!!

  • V the K

    I think Bruce Carroll will actually have the iron trailer-hitch-ornaments to ask Lindsey Graham — among other things — why instead of supporting Rand Paul’s filibuster for the Constitution, he was dining with Obama and scheming with the President to raise taxes and spending.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Looks like Lindsey’s going to have to figure out how to fend off Wacko Birds!

    Anyone But Grahamnesty SC 2014!

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Looks like Grahamnesty Pig is gonna have to deal with some Angry Birds in SC!

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Oh I’m raring to vote Lindsey out of office. This is like the whole Bob Inglis thing- we put Gowdey in after we fought to get him out. We in the Upstate of SC are going to try everything we can to get him out. Unfortunately, he does have Charleston $$$ behind him.

  • Angelfire4280

    Unlike the Demokkkrat Party, conservatives don’t care about the color of one’s skin, gender, or preferred sexual partners. We care about following the Constitution.

    • Elaine

      They don’t just care, they are obsessed.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Outstanding…best of luck to GP!

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    There needs to be more people like Bruce Carroll, regular people who are fed up by what career politicians are doing to this country.

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Karl Rove eat your heart! That goes for gay lefties too!

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Karl Rove eat your heart! That goes for gay lefties too!

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Can’t wait to see the left promote “tolerance”.

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    Can’t wait to see the left promote “tolerance”.

  • sybilll

    Bruce is, and has been a stellar part of the Conservative movement. I say rock on!

  • sybilll

    Bruce is, and has been a stellar part of the Conservative movement. I say rock on!

  • rrpjr

    Run, Bruce, run!

  • $23629333

    Will Bruce Carroll do for South Carolina what Todd Akin did for Missouri?

    Unless the Democrats put up somebody the equivalent of Ashley Judd to challenge Carroll – assuming he, somehow, succeeds Lindsey Graham as the GOP candidate in 2014 – it is possible that a majority of voters in South Carolina will NOT embrace Carroll. He – Carroll – has no connection at all to South Carolina; he’s from Pennsylvania. Presumably, a lot of the people who would work on his half and/or contribute to his campaign would similarly be from outside the state.

    Native son, Andy Dick, could probably give Carroll a good run for his money.

    I would love to know how involved the Democrats have been – and will be – in this campaign.

    • Todd Hill

      All he has to do is buy a house in Chappaqua… err, Lexington or Florence (cheaper real estate prices, also near major interstates) and he’ll be qualified to run as a candidate from SC.

    • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

      He is exactly like Todd Akin…only without foot in mouth disease. In all seriousness, Mr. Carroll is the real deal, he’s no fool and a good man by all accounts.

      • Ben C Inabinet

        So Run in his state…Pennsylvania. we have good people like Joe Wilson and Chip Huggins in the midlands who are ready to lead their constituents….what does he know about South Carolina? Is this is a joke?

        • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

          He lives in York, SC and has for a number of years…

        • http://twitter.com/DRosesc David Rose

          Did Chip say he might run? I’ll vote for him.

  • SideshowJon36

    I would LOVE to see the media try to wrap their head around SC electing a gay Republican

    • Dr_Tesla

      um, Lindsey Graham is gay. In the closet, but everybody in SC knows he is gay.

      • des111168

        OK, you keep saying that over and over, but unless you can prove it, that’s slander.

        • Dr_Tesla

          You don’t know what slander is. There is also no malice in me pointing out that Graham is gay. Nearly everybody in SC thinks he is gay.

    • des111168

      Why? We know what they’re going to do. Look at conservative blacks. Whatever passes for “Uncle Tom” among homosexual men will soon be parroted by the press against this guy. Hope he’s ready for that.

      • SideshowJon36

        But the media believes ALL Southerners HATE da gays. And that ALL Gays rightfully hate Republicans.

        This will blow their paradigm

  • Ben C Inabinet

    So this gentleman is from the state of Pennsylvania but expects to understand the state of South Carolina her people and her issues? I’ll ignore the carpetbagging jokes but simply state the fact that Lindsey Graham has served the state admirably and we have many people in the house of representatives and the state senate who are more than qualified to represent the state considering they have already represented their communities.

    So if this gentleman would like to represent my state on a federal level please prove yourself on a state and local level first.

    • Finrod Felagund

      … Lindsey Graham has served the state admirably …

      In your opinion. In the opinion of a heck of a lot of other people, Graham is a RINO in a red state and deserves to be spending more time with his family.

      • mdtljt

        “…deserves to be spending more time with his family.” What a lovely euphemism for GTFO!!! I’ll have to remember that as there are way too many politicians who deserve the same…bless their hearts…

    • Stephen L. Hall

      Serving perpetually in government is not a recommendation. I’d rather have someone from outside the system than a career politician.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      Serving perpetually in government is not a recommendation. I’d rather have someone from outside the system than a career politician.

  • DizzyMissL

    DO IT

    I will donate.

  • D3LN3GRO

    as long as he’s pro-capitalism, pro-life and pro-traditional marriage, he has my blessing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

      pro-capitalismpro-life✓ His stance on gay marriage is very intricate, he believes the Left’s push for GM is not Pro-Gay but Anti-Christian. I won’t speak for him on this issue. To me his rationale seems very fair and I would like to hear more of what he thinks about GM.

  • Dr_Tesla

    newsflash, Lindsey Graham is gay and everybody in SC knows it. Having a gay senator in SC will be nothing new.

  • TN05

    Having a legitimately conservative gay running for office is nothing but positive for the GOP.

  • des111168

    I can’t stand Graham, but Graham is going to crush him. Utterly.

    • Carolina Mama

      Probably. Can’t get that through to people who think they know better, though.

    • Dr_Tesla

      probably, it’s hard to find anybody who likes Graham but then he wins. Incumbent SC senators never lose elections.
      Graham is funded by textile giant Miliken and other anti-free trade companies and that makes him hard to beat.

    • TexSizzle

      Lt. Gov. Dewhurst was going to crush Ted Cruz here in Texas, and look what happened.

  • Jim Denney

    Sen. John “I left my balls in one of my other houses” McCain characterized this as just another wacko bird leaving the nest.

  • kim

    can’t vote for you. sorry. don’t live in your state. but i can and will contribute to your campaign

  • John (it true me am)

    SC voter here, He has my vote.

  • NCGirl

    I would totally move 10 mins south to vote for him! Go get em Bruce! Where do I sign up to donate?

  • Obamaroid_Ointment

    Lindsay may finally have to come out of his closet & shout “me too” or lose his gay friendly “moderate” base.

  • mdtljt

    @GayPatriot – Please run!!! Make us Sandlappers spread far and wide across this nation proud by standing up for the Constitution!!! This Great Nation can’t take the likes of Graham anymore…

  • BlueStateRepub

    Caroll’s a good dude. I’d support him over Grahamnesty.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    May the road rise to meet you and the wind be ever at your back. Good luck and God’s speed, sir!

  • Stephen L. Hall

    May the road rise to meet you and the wind be ever at your back. Good luck and God’s speed, sir!

  • bluewaternavy

    Bruce Carroll For Senate!

  • bluewaternavy

    Bruce Carroll For Senate!

  • Morneau_for_4

    Good luck but no chance. I used to work in SC politics….it’s a different game. Graham will coast through a primary.

  • Morneau_for_4

    Good luck but no chance. I used to work in SC politics….it’s a different game. Graham will coast through a primary.

  • BlueStateRepub

    Best of luck to Bruce Carroll, he’s a good conservative. Beat Grahamnesty!

  • BlueStateRepub

    Best of luck to Bruce Carroll, he’s a good conservative. Beat Grahamnesty!

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    I certainly hope this doesn’t mean the end of GOProud’s busy schedule of faking hate crimes.

  • $44640340

    So does this mean he is going to Challenge Lindsey Graham in a Drag Lip synching battle where both queens will “lip synch for their life..”

  • pgroup

    The bumper stickers just write themselves:

    “Vote for me. I’ll bend over so you don’t have to.”
    “Vote for me. I know what’s in most of the closets in the GOP HQ.”
    “Vote for me. I won the state fair hot dog eating contest two years in a row.”
    “Vote for me. I’ve done all the damage to the GOP brand that I can do.”
    “If I’m elected, we’ll finally replace the state rebel flag with a rainbow flag.”
    “Vote for me so South Carolina boys have somebody to look up to.”

  • Kimihiro Watanuki

    This is one SC voter that would cast the ballot for Carroll rather than that insufferable McCain lap dog. Go, gay patriot!