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 GOProudís 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.
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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.
As followers of this blog know, I have long been an admirer of Bruce and the other bloggers over at Gay Patriot (including Dan, my fellow Watcher's Council member). I've always found Bruce to be an honest and forthright conservative voice on issues -- and even when we have disagreed on things, I have to acknowledge that he has come to his positions from a conservative direction. I certainly hope that Bruce decides to enter the race, as he will provide a more conservative choice for conservatives in South Carolina.