Los Angeles-based openly gay Fred Karger, a longtime Republican political consultant and a major 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