April 22, 2012: This is not a joke. This is. He is really a republican candidate for president, of the United States. Will he win? Probably not. Still, he is making history.
Born January 31, 1950 in Glencoe, Illinois, Fred Karger is a political consultant, gay rights activist, former actor, and really a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. He has not nor never held elected or public office. Still, Karger has worked on nine presidential campaigns and served as a senior consultant to the campaigns of Presidents Ronald Reagan,and Gerald Ford.
Now living in Los Angeles, California, Karger worked as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Dolphin Group, a California campaign consulting firm. He retired after 27 years of service in 2004. Now an activist for gay rights causes, Karger has worked from protecting a gay bar, The Boom, to using his organization, Californians Against Hate, to investigate the LDS Church's and the National Organization for Marriage's campaigns to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law.
A serious candidate? In the Maryland primary, as an example, he placed eighth out of eight candidates. With 349 ballots in his favor, the 62-year-old Karger walked away with 0.1 percent of the vote, leaving him 49.1 percent and more than 114,000 supporters behind Romney, the winner.
“A little unethical, a little unprecedented strategy for a Republican. But, as a moderate centrist who actually is to the left of Obama on certain social issues - I am appealing to them. And my message is: Obama is unopposed, literally unopposed” Fred Karger (source NPR)
Is he going to win? Probably not. But, Karger’s running for the Republican nomination for president makes him the first openly gay and Jewish presidential candidate from a major political party in American history.
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Sources: YouTube, fredkarger