Remote as it may be, that is now a possibility. Yesterday, Fred Karger filed the proper paperwork with the Federal Elections Committee for his exploratory bid for the White House in 2012. Karger actually announced in April of 2010 the formation of his Presidential Exploratory Committee. So that would make him the first Republican candidate to announce.
Fred Karger’s bid also marks another first. He is now the first openly gay or lesbian candidate to seek the nomination of any major party. Something the Victory Fund said could be a reality in future years.
Granted, Karger will not be viewed as a major candidate, however the Republican National Committee (RNC) is affording him all of the accommodations as it will give any other candidate, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, or Mitt Romney. In fact, earlier this week Karger went to the RNC to meet with the Party Chairman’s Chief of Staff. After only a few minutes, Reince Priebus the new RNC Chair and the RNC Vice-Chair came into the meeting to sit down and talk with him. That meeting lasted an hour.
The very next day, Fred met with the DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans. Fred is a very affable man who has a long history in working both for Republican causes as well as LGBT causes.
Fred has played major roles in the campaigns of Presidents Ford, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. He was also the Founder of Californians Against Hate, which help lead the fight against Proposition 8 and bring public attention to the major donors to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.
During that campaign, Fred filed a sworn complaint against the Mormon Church with the California Fair Political Practices Commission for possible illegal campaign activities surrounding its massive involvement in Proposition 8. That led to a 19 month investigation, culminating in a 13 count guilty finding against the Salt Lake City based Church.
Fred filed a similar complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission against the infamous National Organization for Marriage, alleging money laundering and reporting irregularities in that state’s November 2009 election to repeal its marriage equality law. That investigation is ongoing.
Whether Fred Karger can get out of the Republican primary remains to be seen. But he does deserve at least more than a fleeting glance.