Senator Lindsey Graham, along with Senator John McCain, have angered many conservatives of late with their tag-team criticism of Rand Paul’s now highly regarded filibuster efforts, and their repeated reach-out campaign to the Obama administration. Senator Graham is now facing the very real prospect of dealing with a challenge to his nearly 20-year reign in the U.S. Senate…
(Senator Lindsey Graham and other moderate-liberal Big Government Republicans are facing increasing dissatisfaction from within the Republican Party)
It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation this morning from the gay conservative group GOProud that I helped found in 2009. I was recently elected Vice Chairman of the organization in order to concentrate on expanding GOProud’s chapters and grassroots strength nationwide.
Last week, speculation grew in South Carolina and on social media outlets about my interest in challenging incumbent US Senator Lindsey Graham who has been in Congress for 18 years.
In the spirit of transparency and honesty, I informed my fellow GOProud board members that I could not dedicate the time to the organization while I seriously considered the effort it will take to challenge Senator Graham in the 2014 Primary.
…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. LINK
The above letter comes from powerful South Carolina political activist Bruce Carroll, founder of that state’s GOProud organization – a conservative group representing gay Republicans in that state. This possible challenge comes on the heels of the influential Club for Growth’s press release indicating its desire to see Graham removed from the Senate in 2014. Club for Growth views Senator Graham as too liberal when it comes to things such as taxes and the growth of government.
If Mr. Carroll were to stage a challenge to Senator Graham, it would be a difficult task, even with Graham’s growing number of dissatisfied South Carolina voters. Graham enjoys a strong fundraising operation, and certainly considerable name recognition.
What is important to note though is the movement within the GOP by those once viewed as fringe members, who are now openly challenging the status quo. This is what was laid out to us months earlier by Republican Insider – and it is becoming increasingly clear that process is now fully underway. After two failed attempts to gain the White House, and a Republican Party devoid of a clear message for far too long, a new generation of conservatives are now willing to push back against the Old Guard and re-assert the party as a real and viable choice for Americans who don’t wish to continue marching down the path of Obama-Pelosi-Reid Socialist Big Government.
Now for those few of you who may be resisting the idea of an openly gay man opposing the ultra-macho Lindsey Graham (note: sarcasm), I would ask that you peruse the following excerpts from an interview conducted with Mr. Carroll recently which indicates Carroll is in fact more conservative in regards to the role of government and the pursuit of freedom and liberty than Lindsey Graham has ever been:
JM: What kind of criticism and adversity have you faced personally being both gay and conservative.
BC: Since I “came out” at age 25 (I’m now 44), I’ve constantly been told that the Republican Party wants to kill me, imprison me, strip me of rights and kill me. Oh, I said that last one already. Seriously, this vitriol that I’ve heard from left-leaning gays is in direct contrast to my personal experience in Republican politics since 1983. Sure, there are close-minded people — but that is not an exclusively conservative domain. My role as “GayPatriot” has been to try to bridge the gap between conservatives and gays who are pro-American and support returning our nation to its core constitutional principles.
JM: It seems that people, especially millennials, have this mindset that it’s impossible to be both gay and conservative. Whenever they see someone who is gay and conservative, or African American and conservative, those individuals seem to be met with some rather harsh criticism. Why do you think that is?
BC: It think it is part ignorance, part projection. I have never been called a “faggot” either directly or indirectly by ANY conservative. But that is the first word that comes out of the left-leaning gay political types. Plus “kapo,” “quisling,” or “Jew working for Nazis.” I’ve heard it all from the liberals. I just laugh and return fire with facts about how the Democratic Party has taken gays for granted for their campaign money. After all, Barack Obama was an “anti-gay bigot” based on his views of marriage — until six months ago. Come on!
JM: When was the moment when you said, “oh hey, I’m a conservative?”
BC: Probably when Ronald Reagan won in 1980. I was 12 that year and starting to understand the world and politics more than when I was a kid. I saw Reagan as emblematic of what America was all about. He was tough, principled and never apologized for our nation. When Reagan passed away in 2004, I stood in line for hours at the U.S. Capitol so I could pay my respects to him as he lay in state. A reporter asked me that day why I was there. ”Simple,” I said, “for me, Ronald Reagan will always be MY president.”
BC: I’m conflicted on this question. A brand new Gallup survey within the last 30 days showed that less than 4% of Americans self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered (LGBT). So on the one hand, I believe in freedom and liberty for all. But on the other hand, how is it that we have become held hostage as a nation by the tyranny of the minority interest groups? It astounds me.
JM: The best way the GOP should combat this idea is to do what President Obama promised and has not done — unify the nation as AMERICANS. Those radical, left-wing gays will never be happy, but over 50% of LGBT Americans say they are moderate-to-conservative. The GOP should just focus on communication and policies that benefit all Americans, and that will help gays and lesbians as well.
I don’t need a president tapping me on the head to give me self-esteem.
JM: Did you see President Obama’s “evolution” on gay marriage a little too convenient?
BC: Completely. It actually is disturbing that anyone believes his “evolution” was anything more than a crass attempt to save his fundraising efforts (many of his top bundlers are gay) which were tanking at the time of his sudden “enlightenment” on gay marriage.
…I also hope that Obamacare will be repealed. It is a big drag on our job creators, individual families and our national debt. New estimates this summer from CBO show that Obamacare will cost $2.6 TRILLION over 10 years, not the $900 BILLION that Obama promised. We have got to remove this yoke from around the American economy. LINK