Fred’s speech at the California Republican Party biannual convention in Los Angeles on September 17, 2011, recorded on Jon Fleischman’s flip camera below:
One-on-one with GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger
By Rebecca Schatz
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Welcome to the 2012 election where on the GOP side alone, we have an openly gay man, a woman and a Mormon running for President. Of course, a candidate’s sexuality, gender or religion shouldn’t matter. But it does, even in this day and age. However, I think because all these different types of people are running, it proves the country is making some progress. Win or lose, at least they ran and they’re shaking up the field.
We interviewed Fred Karger, who is the first openly gay candidate looking to take over the Oval Office. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, with a campaign that jokes, “Fred Who?!”. But he says he is serious about fixing the country and making President Obama a one-term leader. Karger knows he’s not a household name and he believes in this concept that many thought was dead and gone in Washington: bipartisanship.
September 19, 2011
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September 19, 2011
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Re: Fred Karger Qualifies for Fox News Orlando, FL Debate – Cites Two New Polls
Great news! I have now achieved an average of 1% in seven national polls, and I am writing to request my invitation to the Fox News, Republican Party of Florida and YouTube debate on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Fox News has consistently kept its barrier for debate inclusion low to include many of the presidential candidates who have proven national support by garnering at least one percent in five national polls.
I met that benchmark, having achieved 1% in an average of five national polls before the August 9, 2011 Fox News debate in Ames, Iowa. However, I was not invited to participate in that debate, even though I met the qualifications, so I filed a 158 page complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Case #MUR 6493, against Fox News executives Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes.
I asked the FEC to expedite their investigation so that I could be included in this weeks debate, but have not been notified of their findings. So in the interest of fairness, and with more polling information (see below), I trust that the organizers of Thursdays debate will allow me a spot on that stage.
Since qualifying for the Fox News Iowa debate last month, I have come in at 1% in two more national polls. On August 26, GFK, the official polling firm of the Associated Press, released a national telephone poll of Republican primary voters that showed me at 1%. On August 8th, Synovate, which has merged with Ipsos, the official polling partner of Reuters, conducted a Republican primary poll that showed me at 1%.
The Time Has Come. Let Fred in the Fox News Republican Primary Debate on September 22, 2011. I look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you in Orlando this week.
cc: Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corporation
Roger Ailes, President, Fox News Channel
Fred’s Commercial To Air During Orlando Debate
Californian Fred Karger may not yet be in the September 22, 2011 Presidential Debate, but he will be airing his 30 second commercial in the Orlando market on Fox News during the debate. TO WATCH IT – CLICK ON SCREEN SHOT BELOW:
“I want to be in the GOP Debate Thursday night in Orlando to talk about my ideas to turn this country around, but if Fox News won’t let me join my fellow candidates for President once again, we will be there via a 30 second commercial,” said Karger. “We will run our latest spot, ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ during the debate throughout the Orlando market. In the commercial, I take on the world’s largest oil company Exxon Mobil and its CEO, Rex Tillerson in order to bring down gas prices.”
Gay presidential candidate attends Log Cabin Republicans reception with Gov.
Fox 13 News
10:14 pm MDT, Sept. 19, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY –
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One of the nation’s only Republican organizations that advocates for the rights of homosexual, bi-sexual and transgender people, the Log Cabin Republicans, had their annual meeting at the Governor’s Mansion Monday night.
Governor Gary Herbert and a number of Utah’s conservative politicians got together with the conservative gay activists group as a social event Monday night. Log Cabin members were met with several special guests including 21-year-old Dane Hall, the gay man who survived a brutal attack last month in Salt Lake City.
The other guest, Fred Karger, the first openly gay Republican presidential candidate, stopped in Salt Lake City during his campaign schedule to attend. He calls the Log Cabin meeting the most extraordinary event of his last 19 months campaigning.
“As a gay Republican, this is very unusual treatment. This is so spectacular. I don’t get that in my home state of California,” Karger said. “So the fact that the Utah Log Cabin Republicans have done this now for five years is so significant — it’s building these bridges, it’s finding that common ground. I want to take this message all over the country.”
The Utah Speaker of the House, the Governor, and some Democrats say that they don’t agree with everything, but Utah is a place where everyone is respected.
The biggest moment of the evening was the appearance of Dane Hall. Hall, who was attacked by four men shouting gay slurs, sat in the Governor’s Mansion during the reception to hear the state’s top public officials say such an attack has no place anywhere in society and certainly not in Utah.
To watch Karger’s clip below, CLICK HERE.
September 15, 2011
Contact: Rina Shah
Karger to Utah for Speech & Fundraiser
and Los Angeles for CRP Convention
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Fred Karger will be campaigning in the state that has been home to two of his fellow GOP candidates for President this weekend. Former Governors Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney have both called Utah home, but like Karger are spending far more time in New Hampshire than Salt Lake City these days.
Karger will be a featured speaker at the Utah Log Cabin Republicans Annual Dinner on Saturday night, September 17th in Salt Lake City. Then on Sunday, September 18th, he will be attending a low cost fundraiser for his campaign, hosted by Utah businessman John Poole from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (invitation below).
Prior to departing for Salt Lake City, on Saturday, September, 17th, Karger will be feted by the California Republican Party (CRP) and the California Log Cabin Republicans at a Champagne Reception in his honor at the CRP’s Fall Convention in Los Angeles. The reception will take place at the J. W. Marriott Hotel at L A Live in downtown Los Angeles from 11:00 to 11:45 am. Former California Assemblyman and Senator Roy Ashburn will the Special Guest at Saturday’s reception and will be speaking.
San Francisco Chronicle story by Carla Marinucci: CLICK HERE
Karger, the first openly gay candidate to run for President of a major political party has been actively campaigning for the past 19 months. In 2008 he became well-known nationally for his role in calling for an investigation into illegal campaign financing by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) in California’s Proposition 8 campaign. Karger’s 82 page complaint to the California Fair Political Practices Commission led to the unprecedented 18 month investigation, prosecution, guilty findings and a fine for the Utah based religion. The Mormon Church had repeatedly attacked Karger and denied any wrong doing when he first filed his sworn complaint, but later pleaded guilty to 13 counts of election fraud.
“It’s nice to be going back to Salt Lake City, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing old friends and raising some needed campaign funds,” said Karger.