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Fred Karger, first openly gay candidate, announces run for President

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fred Karger, a retired political consultant and former adviser to three Republican presidents, has announced his first ever run for political office — for the GOP nomination for President of the United States.

The announcement makes Karger the first openly gay Republican ever to run for President, as well as the first GOP candidate to officially declare he is running for the 2012 race.

Karger issued this statement:

After spending 35 years in politics behind the scenes, I want to be a participant and help shape the debate in the Republican Party and our nation.

While I intend to talk about many important issues, I dedicate today to the 6 teenagers who took their lives this past fall because they were bullied for who they were. They could not go on living for even one more day.

There is no place for hatred and bigotry in this country. We must all learn to respect each other and our differences. [...]

During the months ahead, I will propose some bold new ideas on a wide array of issues, and I want to help bring back optimism like my old boss Ronald Reagan did 30 years ago.

I know that I will not be invited to participate in some of the debates and forums that will be held during the next year. Some will not include me because I am an outsider, others because I am gay. I will fight to get into each and every debate, so that my ideas and my voice may be heard.

I want to send a loud and clear message to anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer, that you can do anything you want to do in this country. You can even run for President of the United States.

Karger calls himself an “outsider” with “political experience.” He has served as an adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

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49 more reader comments:

  1. Too bad he;s a republican…

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:55pm
  2. i’m conflictd on this one yay for gay gop but boo for being gop

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:55pm
  3. i’m conflictd on this one yay for gay gop but boo for being gop

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:55pm
  4. G.F.P for the GOP
    (Gay for pay)

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:57pm
  5. Amazing step forward :)

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:58pm
  6. That’s okay…but I don’t go for Republicans :-/

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:01am
  7. That’s okay…but I don’t go for Republicans :-/

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:01am
  8. The fact that he is a Republican in baffling.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:03am
  9. If America has to have a Republican president next term, I WANT THIS GUY.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:03am
  10. Sorry he’s a RepubliKKKlan

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:03am
  11. Sorry he’s a RepubliKKKlan

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:03am
  12. While I appreciate the significance, I’m not voting for any Republican. His sexual orientation is irrelevant to my choosing or not choosing him.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:03am
  13. While I appreciate the significance, I’m not voting for any Republican. His sexual orientation is irrelevant to my choosing or not choosing him.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:03am
  14. I dont think I’ve ever understood the Republican and gay route, seems as if you’d want to avoid the group that openly hates you. Still an amazing step tho!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:04am
  15. I dont think I’ve ever understood the Republican and gay route, seems as if you’d want to avoid the group that openly hates you. Still an amazing step tho!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:04am
  16. I guess that’s good. Good luck.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:08am
  17. Wtf? I never understand how you could be a gay Republican no matter often people explain it I don’t get it.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:10am
  18. Wtf? I never understand how you could be a gay Republican no matter often people explain it I don’t get it.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:10am
  19. @Jeff, it’s easy. You’re white, rich, and gay.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:15am
  20. I just dont understand politics in general!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:19am
  21. It’s like Sarah Palin

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:31am
  22. It’s like Sarah Palin

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:31am
  23. Praise Raptor Jesus, a gay Republican! Pigs have flown, I can now have my cake and eat it too. Calloo, callay, come run away! We’re cabbages and kings.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:50am
  24. Praise Raptor Jesus, a gay Republican! Pigs have flown, I can now have my cake and eat it too. Calloo, callay, come run away! We’re cabbages and kings.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:50am
  25. @Justin…I just spit coffee on my monitor…that was so funny and so appropriate.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:55am
  26. Wow, go for it sky is the limit

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:23am
  27. People forget that if democrats actually gave a crap about us, during the last 2 years of their run of power, they could have passed any law they wanted. They ran the presidency and congress. Face it people… Gay rights is something politicians promise, but never follow through… They do enough so we are “satisfied” but is it ever really enough? Are you satisfied in what the democrats didnt do for us the last two years? Not trying to argue but republican or democrat… Dont be so quick to judge… The only thing you are sure of is that they WANT to win.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:32am
  28. and he is republican?omg..

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:36am
  29. Woo hoo!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 3:27am
  30. i dont vote so i cant say much, but i just think his Run should be an interesting one… bcuz its divided lol….. yay hes gay… but Booo Hes a Republican bent on world domination his way…

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 3:50am
  31. You go, Karger :)

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 4:02am
  32. Bout time

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 4:19am
  33. awesome!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 4:33am
  34. sounds like about as much of a gimmick as Palin having a vagina.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 5:43am
  35. stars and stripes and rainbows! Wouldn’t that be awesome!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 5:49am
  36. stars and stripes and rainbows! Wouldn’t that be awesome!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 5:49am
  37. Good luck lol. This is like a black guy running for Grand Wizard of the KKK. In other words, I don’t think he’s getting any votes.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 7:32am
  38. Good luck lol. This is like a black guy running for Grand Wizard of the KKK. In other words, I don’t think he’s getting any votes.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 7:32am
  39. …a gay republican … good luck …

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 8:23am
  40. it can only get better

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 8:32am
  41. Shame he is a republican. I smell some kind of gimmick.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 8:37am
  42. theres a lot more to being republican or democrat than whether or not you like gay people…just saying. if thats what our political system was based on, our country would be screwed because nothing else would ever get done other than arguing about gay rights. i dont understand why you guys act like you have to be democrat to care about gays, plenty of democrats dont give a shit about gays

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:14am
  43. Who the fuck is gay AND republican????? That tells me he’s a dumbass. They have made it Us against Them…so to be gay and on their side is shooting yourself in the foot…moron!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:39am
  44. But heres the thing its good to keep ur friends close aka the demos and your enemies closer aka gop now im a split ticket voter i dont see a point in voting just with one side cause both parties get it wrong all the time its best to see who stands up for what u believe in all the time then some of it i hated bush yes both of them but dan quail was a humanatairine like no other and now i understand that obama is having troubles with the mess that bush left him so that keeps him busy but wheres his vp i mean come on people dont believe all the hipe u dont have to choose a side u just have to choose what is right for u dont discriminate the guy cause hes gop what to see what he stands for then decide weather or not to hate the guy isnt that we ask of everyone else hippocrites

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:19am
  45. Awesome that he’s gay. Not so awesome that he’s a republican. We’ll just see where this goes from here I guess?

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:35pm
  46. He’s an Independent Republican people. Fiscally conservative but socially liberal. He and I actually hold the same beliefs. He’s definitely got my vote as of now. Let’s just wait and see what his views on other things are though…..

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 10:27pm
  47. wow, for a group of people that hate getting judged because of being gay, you sure like to judge people for being republican. its ridiculous. being republican doesnt automatically mean being anti-gay and if you think thats what it means you dont know much about politics. stop being assholes just because the guy doesnt base all of his political views on his orientation.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:17pm
  48. Fred Karger for president? I think so. He’s truly a model for how the Republican party – should. – be.

    Posted on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 3:00pm
  49. Hahaha..Good luck!

    Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 10:58am