GOProud vice chairperson Bruce Carroll announced on his blog on Monday that he has resigned from the organization while he mulls over running against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

"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," Carroll said in a post on "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."

Carroll, who was part of GOProud since its inception in 2009, said he was in charge of "expanding GOProud's chapters and grassroots strength nationwide" before deciding to resign. The political blog The New Civil Rights Movement reported that Carroll had edited his Twitter profile to bill himself as South Carolina's "next junior Senator."

"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," Carroll said in his post. "Someone needs to be the Conscience of South Carolina's Voters during the 2014 Primary. I hope I can accept that challenge."

Carroll also said he "felt it best" to leave GOProud before the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), scheduled to begin on March 14. GOProud, a CPAC co-sponsor in 2011, has since been excluded from the event.

[h/t The Hill]

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