Iowa Independent: Fred Asks For Meeting With Scheffler in Iowa

Aug 17, 2010

Iowa Idependent


by Jason Hancock 8/18/10 8:47 am

Fred Karger, a gay rights activist who is mulling a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is in Iowa this week and is asking Republican National Committeeman Steve Scheffler for a meeting.

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In May, Scheffler — who also serves as president of the Iowa Christian Alliance — sent an e-mail to Karger telling him he would “work overtime to help ensure that your political aspirations are aborted right here in Iowa.” The reason, Scheffler said, is that Karger is part of the “radical homosexual community.” The e-mail was in response to Karger’s work with Californians Against Hate, an nonprofit he founded to draw attention to the major donors behind California’s ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage.

Karger, a lifelong Republican who worked for both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush (he helped run the Willie Horton victims campaign to discredit Michael Dukakis in 1988), has formed an exploratory committee and will soon begin raising money for a 2012 presidential bid. In a letter to Scheffler sent last week, he asked for a meeting to clear the air.

I have been an active participant in Republican politics for over 35 years.  I am now seriously considering running for President of the United States in 2012 as an Independent Republican.

If the Republican Party is going to survive, we need to welcome disenfranchised Republicans back into the party and register new ones.  We must work especially hard to reach out to younger people and look to the future.  This is what I hope to accomplish if I decide to run for President.

As a member of the Republican National Committee I hope that you would welcome everyone to Iowa who is interested in being a part of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Caucuses.

To date, Karger has not received a response from Scheffler, and requests for comment by The Iowa Independent have not been returned. Karger will be a guest on Jan Mickelson’s WHO-AM radio program Wednesday morning.

Saturday Report – 8.14.2010

Aug 14, 2010


August 14, 2010

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA – I have been home for nearly a week.  Spent much of the time getting caught up and setting up the next trip to Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (Martha’s Vineyard) and Maine.

We’re leaving for Des Moines on Monday, and will be there through Thursday.  I will be at the Iowa State Fair all day Wednesday, August 18th, and will begin the day as a guest on Jan Mickelson in the Morning Show on WHO Radio @ 10:00 am.

WHO Radio is the #1 Talk Radio station in this first-in-the-nation-caucus state.  I was a guest on his show once before, about the email that I received from Iowa GOP National Committeeman, Steve Scheffler.  Mr. Scheffler had threatened to work against me, simply because I was gay.  I sent him an email last week requesting a meeting, but have not heard back.

PRIDE in the OC

Today was the 2nd Annual Gay Pride where I live in Orange County, California.  It was a huge success.  Most of the promoting was through Facebook, and there were thousands of Orange County residents enjoying this wonderful festival.  Here are some of my best photos from today:


The Fred Frisbees are a big hit on the West Coast, too!














Steven got a good Frisbee game going in the park












Here I am with Laguna Beach’s incredible Audrey Prosser.

We have been working together to SAVE the BOOM and Laguna’s historic Coast Inn!










Lots of families were at Pride.  Here’s one I met.

Great kids who both LOVED their Fred Frisbees!


Four fun girls out celebrating and enjoying some beers








Ran in NOH8’s Adam Bouska shooting hundreds of mostly under 25 year olds with

his trademark NOH8 temporary tattoo. Check out his web site: CLICK HERE













On the dance floor, Pride personified…..

Will report in from the road next week on our next Saturday Report.

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Des Moines Register: Corndogs, Culver and Karger

Aug 12, 2010

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Some well-known political figures will be mingling with the public at this year’s Iowa State Fair.

Some of the highlights include Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Former Iowa Sen. John Culver.

Both parties released their lists today, which could change as others are added.

Not included on the GOP list, for example, is gay civil rights activist Fred Karger.  Karger, a California Republican, is considering a run for president. He told The Register that he plans to campaign at the fair in the afternoon on Aug. 18.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican and possible candidate for president, also plans a fairgrounds visit between 11 a.m. and noon Thursday.

Here are the schedules at the party fair booths as outlined by party officials.


Thursday, Aug. 12       9 a.m. – 1 p.m.            State Auditor David Vaudt

Friday, Aug. 13            9 a.m. – 1 p.m.            State Auditor David Vaudt

Friday, Aug. 13            10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Former Gov. Terry Branstad

Friday, Aug. 13            Noon – 2 p.m.             Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Friday, Aug. 13            2:30 p.m.                   Mariannette Miller-Meeks, 2nd District nominee

Friday, Aug. 13            3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.       Matt Schultz, Secretary of State nominee

Friday, Aug. 13            6 p.m. – 8 p.m.            Dave Jamison, State Treasurer nominee

Saturday, Aug. 14        11:15 am – 12:15 pm  Congressman Steve King, 5th District

Saturday, Aug. 14        1 p.m. – 5 p.m.            State Auditor David Vaudt

Saturday, Aug. 14        1 p.m. – 5 p.m.            Matt Schultz, Secretary of State nominee

Saturday, Aug. 14        4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Brad Zaun, 3rd District nominee

Sunday, Aug. 15          1 p.m. – 5 p.m.            State Auditor David Vaudt

Sunday, Aug. 15          4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Brad Zaun, 3rd District nominee

Monday, Aug. 16         1 p.m. – 5 p.m.            State Auditor David Vaudt

Monday, Aug. 16         1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Ben Lange, 1st District nominee

Tuesday, Aug. 17         1 p.m. – 5 p.m.            State Auditor David Vaudt

Wednesday, Aug. 18   9 a.m. – 1 p.m.            State Auditor David Vaudt

Wednesday, Aug. 18   10:30 a.m.                   Congressman Tom Latham, 4th District

Wednesday, Aug. 18   1 p.m. – 3 p.m.            Matt Schultz, Secretary of State nominee

Wednesday, Aug. 18   3 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.       Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

Wednesday, Aug. 18   5 p.m. – 7 p.m.            Dave Jamison, State Treasurer nominee

Thursday, Aug. 19       9 a.m. – 10 a.m.          Brenna Findley, Iowa Attorney General nominee

Thursday, Aug. 19       10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn

Thursday, Aug. 19       1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Brad Zaun, 3rd District nominee

Friday, Aug. 20            Noon – 2 p.m.             Dave Jamison, State Treasurer nominee



Thursday, August 12: Former Senator John Culver, 11 a.m.

Friday, August 13: IDP Chair Dvorsky , 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Friday, August 13: Lt. Governor Judge, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 14: State Auditor Candidate Jon Murphy, 11 a.m. to noon.

Monday, August 16: Secretary of State Michael Mauro, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 17: Afternoon: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, Governor Chet Culver, Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Candidate Francis Thicke

Wednesday, Aug 18: Morning, Lt. Governor Patty Judge

Thursday, August 19: Morning, U.S. Senate Candidate Roxanne Conlin

Thursday, August 19:Congressional Candidate Bill Maske , at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 22: Afternoon: Lt. Governor Patty Judge

Two Weeks on the Road in the Northeast

Aug 9, 2010


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — It’s been a whirlwind trip.  We started our fourth visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 27th, and went directly to Wolfeboro, right on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.  I had lots of meetings including local journalists, community leaders and even joined the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce.  We took a tour on the famous Belle all around the lake, and hiked to the top of Mt. Major.


Fred talking to voters in Wolfeboro


Fred giving away the much sought after Fred Frisbees in Wolfeboro

Then off to Ogunquit, Maine for the weekend.  Ogunquit is really a suburb of New Hampshire.  We met lots of people from Portsmouth and other parts of eastern New Hampshire.  There are lots of Boston politicos up there, too.


Bartenders Tyler and Larry at the famous MaineStreet Bar in Ogunquit.  Notice that both are sporting Fred Who? stickers

We had a meeting with a great University of New Hampshire senior who is very interested in helping organize students on his campus and throughout the Granite State.  Ogunquit is a magnificent resort right on the Atlantic Ocean that reminds me a lot of my hometown of Laguna Beach.


Stopped in Peterborough to see my incredible 97 year old Aunt Mimi Karger and pose for a shot in front of the famous Peterboro diner.  No snow on the ground like there was during my February visit!

Then back to New Hampshire on Sunday for three more days at the historic Centennial Hotel in Concord.  This is my fourth stay there, and it’s really become my home away from home.  We had a room right across the hall from the one where Hillary Clinton always stayed when she was in New Hampshire running for President.

On Monday we went over to Keene to have a private meeting with Jim Rousmaniere, Jr. who is the Editor and President of the Keene Sentinel.  I sat in the same seat that so many Presidential candidates have occupied.  I was very excited to meet with this great newspaperman, and visit his highly respected paper.  The Sentinel was founded in 1799, making it the fifth oldest continually published newspaper in the United States.


Here’s Fred with the amazing Susan MacNeil after dinner in Keene.  Susan set up my very first Town Hall Meeting in April with over 50 people.  We’re back at Margaritas where it was held.

Over the next three days, I met with reporters, as well as political, business and religious leaders in Concord and Manchester.


Taping the announcement

On Tuesday evening, John Keitel, who is documenting all of my activities, filmed my announcement at The Centennial that I was officially forming the Fred Karger Presidential Exploratory Committee.  Stay tuned for more on that.

Then Wednesday, it was off to Baltimore for the Equality Federation Summer Meeting.  This is the annual gathering of over 60 statewide LGBTQ organizations from all over the U.S.

I hosted a cocktail reception on Thursday night “A Prop 8 Celebration.”  We had over 75 people drop by the suite during the 8:00 to 10:00 pm party (which went a bit later).


Bartenders Alex and Daniel setting up for Prop 8 Celebration Reception


Pictures in my great Cousin Nora Ranney (left) from New York


Jackie Gares, Senior Producer of PBS’s “In the Life” visiting with Wedding Planner Beau Fodor from Des Moines


Baltimore locals Matthew and Corey here to help welcome guests attending the Equality Federation Conference


So nice to CELEBRATE the Prop 8 Victory this week!!!

While based in Baltimore, we have been able to drive over to Washington, DC, about 40 miles away, and hold some very productive meetings there.

Tomorrow, finally heading back to California after another exhausting two weeks on the road.

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One Iowa: Fred Karger on the Ed Fallon Radio Show

Aug 5, 2010

One Iowa



Submitted by Jennifer on Wed, 2010-08-04 15:18

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Fred Karger will be on Ed Fallon’s radio program tonight. Karger is originally from Chicago, who worked for over 20 years with leading national Republicans, including Reagan, Bush, and Dole. In recent years he’s been an outspoken activist for LGBT equality, leading efforts to expose questionable campaign finance activities on the part of anti-gay organizations. Make plans to tune in tonight from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. on 98.3 WOW-FM or online. Please consider including your voice in the conversation by calling 515.312.0983 or 866.908.8255 (TALK). If you miss the show, podcasts are available.