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03/11/2013 01:08 pm ET

Bruce Carroll Resigns From Gay Republican Group GOProud To Explore Lindsey Graham Challenge

Bruce Carroll, outgoing co-founder of gay Republican group GOProud, thinks Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has served in Washington for long enough.

In an open letter posted to Gay Patriot on Monday, Carroll announced his resignation from GOProud, saying he was moving on to weigh his options for challenging Graham:

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.

Carroll went on to declare that he was engaged in "serious deliberations," but he vowed to take a close look at all aspects of the potential challenge before making a final decision about running against the state's senior senator.

As David Badash points out at The New Civil Rights Movement, however, Carroll's new Twitter bio already reads, "The next junior Senator from SC."

The bold statement could draw the attention of a slate of other Republican candidates who have also been floated as possible primary challengers to Graham.

Carroll's former colleagues at GOProud already appear excited about the potential of seeing him run for Senate. Lisa De Pasquale, board chairman of GOProud, told RedState that she was "thrilled" by Carroll's announcement, while Chris Barron, Carroll's fellow co-founder and the group's chief strategist, suggested that GOProud would support their former co-worker if he jumps in the race.

South Carolina's other senator, Tim Scott (R), was appointed to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint (R) this year. Scott will face a special election in 2014 to determine if he'll hold the seat until 2016, when DeMint's term would have ended.

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