Karen Ocamb

Fred Karger to File for GOP Presidential Candidacy Today

Filed By Karen Ocamb | March 23, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Fred Karger, president, Republicans

Los Angeles-based openly gay Fred Karger, a longtime Republican political consultant and a Fred-Karger-229x300.jpgmajor thorn in the side of the National Organization for Marriage, announced that he will file paperwork seeking to be the Republican Party's candidate for President in the 2012 election.

One of his competitors will be Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who announced yesterday that he is forming a committee to explore the possibility. And of course, there is still speculation about Sarah Palin, who just visited Israel to beef up her non-existent international credentials.

Ah, but Fred's been touring America and has been exploring his options since April 2010. Imagine a smart, openly gay man in the Republican Presidential debates!

Here's his press release:

Longtime GOP operative, Fred Karger will turn in his paperwork Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 11:00 am at the FEC Offices, 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Karger was the first to announce he was seriously considering running for President on April 10, 2010 at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans and the first to establish a Presidential Exploratory Committee on July 18, 2010. He was the first to run commercials in New Hampshire right after Labor Day last year, the first to run an Iowa commercial right after the November midterm elections and the first to hire a State Director in Iowa on December 1, 2010. So it only stands to reason that Karger would be the first to file for the Republican nomination for President. Oh, yeah, Fred would also be the first openly gay candidate to run for President in history.

Karger brings with him a wealth of political and campaign experience. He has managed dozens of campaigns, worked on nine Presidential campaigns including senior consultant with President's Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

After a 30 year career in politics, Karger retired in 2004 and became an LGBTQ activist. During the summer of 2008, he discovered the Mormon Church's complete control of California's Proposition 8 and filed a sworn complaint with the California Ethics Commission against the Mormon Church. The Salt Lake City based Church was prosecuted, investigated, found guilty and fined after an 18 month investigation.

Karger also filed the successful complaint against the National Organization for Marriage for alleged money laundering with the state of Maine's Ethics Commission. That investigation is ongoing after 16 months.

And Karger's group Rights Equal Rights, organized national boycotts of four major donors to California's Yes on Prop 8 campaign. He settled two and two are ongoing. The boycott of $125,000 donor Doug Manchester's hotels in San Diego has been in effect for nearly three years, CLICK HERE. Karger's boycott of A-1 Self Storage Company, whose owner Terry Caster gave $693,000 to qualify and pass Prop 8, is in its 30th month, CLICK HERE.

Karger will be issuing a statement and be available after turning in his paperwork at the FEC office.

crossposted at LGBT POV, img by Karen Ocamb

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Regan DuCasse | March 23, 2011 11:48 AM

I'd vote for him. I've been following his record and debate style. I've voted Repub a few times, despite being a lifelong Dem.
Thanks for the update, Karen!

california panda | March 23, 2011 12:44 PM

Given the Republican Party's current attitudes regarding gays, marriage, military, civil rights, immigration, and the budget, I Trust NO Republican whether claiming to be gay or straight. And I would caution anyone flirting with the idea of a Republican "ally" in the White House to be acutely aware of the Party's history, both national and local, over the last 2 decades. Past actions are a precursor for future actions.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | March 23, 2011 2:11 PM

Gay Republicans are as absurd as gay Democrats.

A gay Republican.


As good as a gay Catholic or a gay Mormon or a gay Southern Baptist.

Did anyone tell this guy that Republicans hate gays as much as they hate Blacks and Mexicans? They'll tolerate these groups but that's it.

To repeat: a Gay Republican (or Catholic/Mormon/So. Bapt., etc.) makes as much sense as a Jewish Nazi.

But don't think.

Whatever you do, don't think.

John from Toledo | March 24, 2011 5:10 AM

There are lots of gay Republicans. We really hate having to share the party with the Christian Taliban but it's better than standing with those communists, crooks, thugs, and parasites in the Democratic party.

Spew all the propaganda you want to but it isn't un-LGBT to be a Republican. We love our country so you unpatriotic Democrats can go sit on a buttplug.

Ole Fred Karger may just surprise you.

nothing wrong with sitting on a butt plug!

That's the biggest thing he has going for him: he's really likeable!