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Fred Karger for President

An Impossible Dream -- Reflections on My Campaign for President

Fred Karger | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Fred Karger

I returned home to Los Angeles exactly six years ago this month to prepare for a February exploratory trip to Washington, DC, New York and then a week in New Hampshire to "test the waters" for a possible run.

GOP Official's Wife: Gay Candidate 'Only Running To Find More Partners'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

Openly-gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger was greeted with a less-than-friendly welcome when he began campaigning in Utah this month. As the L...

The Man From Lincoln, Part 5: State Fair! (Or, Fred Karger vs. Rick Santorum)

John Fitzgerald Keitel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Fitzgerald Keitel

Although Santorum seemed affable enough, he also looked like a deer caught in the headlights, and those headlights belonged to an 18-wheeler named Fred Karger rolling right for him. How wrong could I have been?

No More Mr. Nice Gay: An Interview With GOP Presidential Hopeful Fred Karger

Kristen Hotham Carroll | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kristen Hotham Carroll

I've been following Fred's virtual campaign trail, and I have developed a great respect for the battles he has waged, in an arena where he is not even remotely wanted or accepted. I caught up with Fred March 8.

Meet Fred Karger, Gay GOP Presidential Candidate (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Fred Karger is one of the bravest activists that our LGBT community has. He is the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party in American history, in the most homophobic presidential race this country has ever seen.

The Man From Lincoln, Part 4: A New Chapter In American History Begins Today

John Fitzgerald Keitel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Fitzgerald Keitel

It was April 2010, and I was on my way to New Orleans for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Fred was planning to hold a press conference at the host hotel to announce his "seriously considering" intentions of running for president as an openly gay candidate.

The Man From Lincoln, Part 3: Saving The Boom

John Fitzgerald Keitel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Fitzgerald Keitel

Armed with an arsenal of strategies honed during a career as an operative for conservative candidates and causes, Fred took on the Boom's new billionaire owner, AIG, and even Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

The Man From Lincoln, Part 2: Fred Who?

John Fitzgerald Keitel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Fitzgerald Keitel

Fred had a way of saying absolutely nothing about himself in spite of being the life of the party. And here he was -- in a room filled with conservative pols -- going on out loud about Harvey Milk, civil rights, and saving the Boom. Huh? We're talking about a gay bar, right?

The Man from Lincoln, Part 1: You Gotta Give 'Em Hope

John Fitzgerald Keitel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Fitzgerald Keitel

When Fred Karger told me he was considering running for president, 2012 was still over two years away. But this was too good to be true: an openly gay, Jewish Republican -- the guy who'd outed the Mormon Church's backing of Prop. 8 -- going toe to toe with Mitt Romney?

First Gay GOP Presidential Candidate Heckled

Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger, the first openly-gay contender to vie for his party's nomination, was heckled during a stop in the key ...