[ View the story "#GayPatriotForSenate in South Carolina" on Storify] #GayPatriotForSenate in South Carolina Openly homosexual Tea Party member Bruce Carroll considers US Senate primary bid.
The Stream· Tue, Mar 12 2013 12:03:50
On Monday, Bruce Carroll
as vice chairman of
, an organisation for gay Republicans, saying he wants to focus on his Senate bid.
Carroll made campaign promises from his personal
account using the hashtag #GayPatriotForSenate.
I will conduct my entire campaign in a transparent manner, using Twitter as my communications vehicle.#GayPatriotForSenateGayPatriot
If elected, I will read Tweets daily from voters in South Carolina on the floor of the US Senate. #GayPatriotForSenate #SCpolGayPatriot
Is someone keeping track of my promises? :)#GayPatriotForSenateGayPatriot
Carroll also began his attack on current Senator Lindsey Graham.
Of course! RT @GayPatriot: Is someone keeping track of my promises? :)#GayPatriotForSenateBiasedGirl
Good. I WANT to be held accountable. Unlike @GrahamBlog. #GayPatriotForSenateGayPatriot
Carroll's announcement followed criticism of Senator Rand Paul's
last week. Senator John McCain and Graham attacked Paul for his libertarian stance, which
a controversy among other conservatives.
Lindsay Graham couldn't wait to try & crush the GOP momentum. He's reminding conservatives why he's such a problem
To whom can I donate that is primarying @LindseyGrahamSC ?Dana Loesch
@gaypatriot. Glad someone is thinking about running against Grahamnesty. What do you stand for?judsonphillips
Many of his followers offered messages of support.
It appears @GayPatriot is pissing off all the right people. What more motivation do you need to support him? #GayPatriotForSenateRachel Veronica
SO proud of @GayPatriot for keeping @LindseyGrahamSC accountable! #gaypatriotforsenateMatt Colt Hall
@GayPatriot for Senate, because I can't wait to hear homophobic slurs coming from MSNBC and the NYT. #GayPatriotForSenateHiram J Goldstein II
#GayPatriotForSenate b/c a state as great as South Carolina deserves better than Graham. America deserves better. @GayPatriot will deliverAzina
Some pointed out potential demographic difficulties with Carroll's run.
Carroll may be facing an uphill battle from the get-go just in demographics. GOProud tends to do a lot better in the Northeast and the mid-west, but in South Carolina? It’s not hard to picture a general reaction of, “Well, sure. But you’re one of those, er… GOProud people, yes?” And even if there wasn’t that sort of hill to climb, the money and the starting name recognition and favorable ratings are pretty daunting.hotair.com
called the 'gay' narrative into question, concluding with the following comment.
the only thing this will add to the upcoming elections is comedic value/Wonkette posts, and we can sleep tight knowing that Lindsey Graham will keep his Senate seat, tiara and sash until the end of the universe, the end.wonkette.com
Netizens and Carroll responded to the article.
I’m going to assume the @wonkette dude who wrote that post about @gaypatriot is gay, right? Because no one straight would get away with it.RB
That's a homophobic headline, IMO. Right, @GayPatriot? RT @Wonkette: Homosexual Wingnut Wants Lindsey Graham's Seat
Well that didn't take long, Wonkette already has a piece up trashing @GayPatriot. What happened to #NOH8?Tracy Lee
Others pointed out on Twitter that some would question Carroll's candidacy.
Flash: Gay man challenges GOP Establishment figure in Southern State...Liberal Establishment Outraged. | #caring @GayPatriotKurt Schlichter
I'mma go out on a limb here and say The Victory Fund will NOT be supporting @GayPatriot (despite their stated mission-to elect LGBT leaders)Debbie M.
Next thing you know, SC will have a BLACK Senator!RT @laura_lrnzo: @PoliticalLogic @GayPatriot A, a GAY person in that seat? Inconceivable.GayPatriot
Carroll engaged in conversations about his potential run with his Twitter followers.
@GayPatriot Please read some occasionally from your neighboring Georgia, too! Especially since I will openly insult John McCain.Minivan Mojo
@MinivanMojo Done. I will only read Tweets from Red States & Flyover Country. #GayPatriotForSenateGayPatriot
@GayPatriot I'm starting a SuperPAC for you. Any name ideas? #GayPatriotForSenateChris Hayes' Bike
I can't be involved. The laws & stuff.RT @JimmyPrinceton @GayPatriot I'm starting a SuperPAC for you. Any name ideas? #GayPatriotForSenateGayPatriot
@GayPatriot can I get your support to return to the constitution and get the government out of marriage. That's the churches responsibilityZakery daniel
@ConservativeZak My position: Voters/Legislators should decide on defining marriage; I prefer civil unions and religious liberty protectionsGayPatriot
Carroll, who has a widely-read
and over 27,000
followers, has also been praised for his social media savvy.
Following the announcement, Carroll changed his Twitter bio to read 'The next junior Senator from SC'.
It now reads 'SC deserves a conservative in the US Senate', perhaps in response to potential controversy involving the other Republican