When Bruce Carroll Jr. moved from Pennsylvania to the Carolina’s he did not wish to leave behind his political experience. Growing up in a family who prided themselves on being a part of the political process, Mr. Carroll jumped into the fray at the young age of just 14. In addition to working on several grass roots Republican campaigns while in Pennsylvania, Mr. Carroll was elected the youngest borough councilman in the state of Pennsylvania at the age of 21, in 1992. He also worked for Pennsylvania State Senator, Earl M. Baker.
Bringing this experience and passion for conservative principles to the Carolina’s was met with a warm reception by likeminded conservatives across the two Carolina’s. Initially, Mr. Carroll resided in Charlotte, NC beginning in 2006, before he moved just across the border into Lake Wylie, SC where he launched his Carolina Conservatives United group in 2011.
The group was initially called defeatlindseyGraham.org but later realized there was much more work to be done than simply ousting one RINO amongst a herd of them in Congress. Mr. Carroll has thus far, brought together over 300 hundred individuals and small businesses to form the group Carolina Conservatives United, with the goal to replace progressives, liberals, or RINO’s; essentially anyone who was or is not a true conservative.
The group first struck a nerve in their campaign to remove RINO’s, and in particular, Senator Lindsey Graham, with a campaign this past July 2013. The group created “The Missing” campaign, a Milk Carton depicting the picture of Lindsey Graham and asking that his whereabouts be sought. The group claimed Mr. Graham had failed to make many (if any) town hall appearances while on recess from Congress. The promotion was extremely successful as could be gauged by the immediate response from team Graham.
Lindsey Graham’s staff sought to dispel such rumors of his missing in action by posting a rather staged photo of himself at a local gun range, in Greenville, SC. The point that seemed to be lost on Mr. Graham was that it did little to demonstrate his concern for his constitutes as most of them did not think the gun range was the best place for an open debate. Aside from the obvious safety factors, having a discussion amongst the bang of rifle fire was not very appealing to anyone who was or is concerned about their small business being impacted by Obamacare. Nor was it an appropriate location to question Mr. Graham as to why he voted to fund such a job killer. It was also not the place where South Carolinians concerned about their privacy rights with the NSA violations, could openly debate how a man they elected and who wears the uniform of a US Air Force officer, could defend such actions as justifiable. Bruce Carroll explains of Lindsey Grahams’ positions,
“This isn’t a guy who represents South Carolina anymore.”
Further Mr. Carroll states of Senator Graham, “He’s forgotten where he came from and his votes and public statements are starting to reflect it.”
The Carolina Conservatives United web page is set to launch in the next two weeks but they have already begun making a difference in South Carolina politics. Mr. Carroll and his group wish to send a clear message to RINO’s in both South and North Carolina that their days of easy election and re-election are at an end.
If you would like to join forces with this grassroots organization you can go to their webpage and contact Bruce Carroll. Currently, the web address is www.defeatlindseygraham.org, but should be changing soon to www.CarolinaConservativesUnited.org in the very near future.