Ouch! The GOP Presidential Race Is Already Getting Sharp

Bookmark and Share The race for President may be slow to start but one candidate for the Republican presidential nomination who is not letting any grass grow under his feet is Fred Karger. At this early stage in the still evolving presidential race, Karger has come out punching and he is looking for a knockout. His two most recent victims are Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. In a very hard hitting piece for the UKs Guardian, Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger set his sites on the religious rights darling candidate, Mike Huckabee, and outlined reasons why Huckabee is unfit to be President.

In Kargers column, he points out the problem that Huckabee will have with his granting of clemency to a criminal who later went on to kill four police officers, while they were sitting in a diner. This situation is very reminiscent of the Michael Dukakis furlough of Willie Horton, an event that went down in the annals of political campaign history and ultimately played a large part in Dukakis landslide, 1988 defeat. Interestingly Fred Karger was working for the opponent of Mike Dukakis, George Herbert Walker Bush, and he played an instruemental roll in the infamous Willie Horton ad. Now, more than two decades later, Karger sees history repeating itself, but this time against a Republican.

In September of 2010 White House 2012 addressed the very same issue that Karger has written about. In a piece called Huckabees Record Will Haunt Him in 2012, I maintained that the clemency problem facing Huckabee is even worse than it was for Michael Dukakis regarding his furlough program. In it,the I describe how that there are several instances where, as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee granted clemency to a few criminals who went on to commit greater crimes. There was Wayne DuMond who Huckabee granted clemency to and after he was released, raped and killed two women. But it is clemcy of Maurice Clemmons that will probably hurt Huckabee the most. Clemmons killing of four police officers in Lakewood, Washington is enough to keep Huckabee out of the race. And I maintain that despite Huckabees recent meeting with financial bundlers in New York, the clemency problem that Huckabee will inevitably have to confront, will in fact keep him from running.

In another White House 2012 article entitled Can Republicans Pardon the Pardons, Jsmashmouth articulates similar sentiments but he adds that Tim Pawlenty may also have a problem in this area.

However; in Kargers column, he does not stop at the pardon problems of Huckabee. Karger also attacks Huck for his un-Christian remarks about homosexuals and he calls Huckabee out for casting aspersions and being a bully.

And this week, while Karger is chopping at the reputation of Mike Huckabee, he also took the opportunity to use an MSNBC interview to confirm that Huckabee is not his only target. When asked if his campaign was specifically trying to throw a monkey wrench in to the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, Karger stated that such a thing is a welcome sidebar note.

Karger was a key player in trying to pass legalized gay marriage in California and the most aggressive opponentof the proposition which would have made it legal was the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints. As a Mormon himself, Mitt Romney is seen as a leader in the LDS community and as such, it is Kargers hope to influence Mitt Romney to appeal to his religions leaders and put an end to their persecution of homosexuals.

So far, this has been a good week for Karger who is still a relatively unknown candidate and while he may not exactly be making friends, he is making news and in politics. And while some might say that Kargers attacks will be short-lived, I say think again. First of all, Karger is an experienced political strategists and consultant. That means he knows how to get some beneficial mileage out of an argument. And secondly, as a gay man, I can tell you that fellow gay men like Fred Karger can be, excuse the language,…….. relentless bitches. We can teach courses on it. So I would suggest that those who Karger sets his sites on, address the issue he puts on the table or else they will get no rest.

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New Hampshire Straw Poll Puts Candidate Karger in First Place

Bookmark and ShareThis past Thursday evening first time presidential candidate, Fred Karger won the St. Anselm College Republican Straw Poll. College Republican President Brock Weber announced the results to a room full of participants at the famous New Hampshire Institute of Politics after voting ended at 9:00 pm. The straw poll was conducted all week on the campus of this conservative Catholic College located in New Hampshire’s largest city.

Karger was the only presidential candidate or potential presidential candidate to have addressed the gathering but his win was still a surprise and an indication of just how little a lock anyone has on the nomination at this stage in the game. Of course this straw poll is not neccessarily a good indication of the opinion of New Hampshire voters. The pool of voters in this poll were of a specific age group and many students attending the college from other states, are not even eligible to vote in New Hampshire. But a win is a win and in this case it was a pretty significant one for Fred Karger.

The final results were as follows:

  • Fred Karger, 79 Votes
  • Mitt Romney, 74 Votes
  • Donald Trump, 26 Votes
  • Tim Pawlenty, 24 Votes
  • Ron Paul, 24 Votes
  • Rudy Giuliani, 22 Votes
  • Rick Santorum, 20 Votes
  • Sarah Palin, 9 Votes
  • Herman Cain, 8 Votes
  • Gary Johnson, 8 Votes
  • Mike Huckabee, 8 votes
  • Newt Gingrich, 7 Votes
  • Haley Barbour, 3 Votes
  • Mitch Daniels, 2 Votes
  • John Bolton, 1 Vote
  • Rand Paul, 1 Vote
  • Other, 6 Votes

Although all straw polls are little more than beauty contests, a win like this for a virtual unknown can help boost his name ID and increase the viability of Karger’s candidacy as time goes by. It will also help his case when it comes to being included in future Republican presidential debates.

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Republican Fred Karger Becomes the First Official Candidate for President in 2012

Bookmark and Share Unbeknownst to most, Wednesday, March 23rd , 2011, marked the first official day of 2012 presidential campaign. While there is no denying that campaigning for the presidency began in earnest immediately following the 2010 midterm elections, and while a few potential candidates have created exploratory committees, only one person has gone from the exploratory stage, to an actual declaration of their candidacy. That person is Fred Karger.

Of course the name Fred Karger does not bring with it the level of recognition that a Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney or a Sarah Palin, bring to the table so the media has largely let this hallmark event go unnoticed. Nonetheless, Kargers official filing of his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission makes him the first 2012 presidential aspirant to officially throw his hatin the ring and put his name on the line.

The lack of national name ID that Fred Karger has, certainly makes him unique in a developing field of better known names but what makes Fred even more unique is the fact that after declaring his candidacy with the FEC, he has made history as the nations first openly gay candidate for President in either of the major political Parties. Another thing unique about Fred is the way in which he declared candidacy. While many make such announcements with balloon drops, bands, grandiose backdrops and great flare and pomp and circumstance, Fred subtly dedicated his announcement to the 6 teenagers who took their lives this past fall because they were bullied for who they were.

While Candidate Karger intends to run on a broad range of issues, he is not letting the fact that he is gay go unnoticed. And not just for the novelty of it, but for the opportunity to send a message to anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer, that you can do anything you want to do in this country. You can even run for President of the United States.

Fred Karger understands that he will probably have a harder time running for President than any of hismore recognizedopponents. He knows that being both gay and an outsider, he may be written off by some and that he may not be permitted in many of the officials debate. As such, he will fight all the more for his rightful place in the primary and election process, because he understands that his campaigns has a taken on a role that is symbolic of the type of societal sidelining and ostracizing of individuals who do not conform to the box that many segments of so-called mainstream America, fit in to. He understands that like the Tyler Clememtis of the world, he will be made to feel unwelcome and uncomfortable. But he also understands that confronting such sentiments in a very public campaign for the highest officeinthe land, can help set an example for many and offer hope to many others.

In a recent one-on-one interview with White House 2012, Fred told us that he would like to help shape the debate and bring back optimism and hope to al Americans. Today he begun that mission. A mission which is worthy of our attention, even if the mainstream media is not yet willing to give it to him.

White House 2012 will soon be releasing a second part of that exclusive interview with Fred Karger. Part I can be found here.

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Ask the Most Controversial Republican Presidential Candidate Your Questions

Fred Karger

Bookmark and Share This Monday, White House 2012 will be interviewing Fred Karger. If you dont know who that is dont worry. Youre not alone. And Fred knows that. That is why his campaign tag line is Fred Who and he is currently using it as he introduces himself to voters as a Republican presidential candidate.

Mr. Karger has graciously granted White House 2012 an exclusive interview and Ive decided to share that interview process with White House 2012 readers by asking you to submit your questions to us at WhiteHouse2012blog@gmail.com .

Questions will be accepted until 10:30 am EST on Monday, March 7th, 2011.

First Prize

The best question submitted between now and then will receive an exclusive, one of a kind White House 2012 mug.. Because you cant have enough mugs in your liferight? The winner will be contacted at the email address they submit their question for Fred from.

When submitting your question please indicate the name you would like to be identified by when the interview is published on Tuesday, March 8th.

Karger is probably one of the least mentioned Republican presidential contenders but also the most controversial one.Fred Karger In addition to being a Republican who has worked on the campaigns of several past Presidents and presidential tickets such as Dole-Kemp in 1996, Fred Karger is also gay and an activist one at that. Fred Karger has been in the forefront of such efforts as the campaignopposing the California ballot initiative that outlawed gay marriage in California.

Mr. Karger and his campaign have been the recent focus of newspaper articles in papers such as the Washington Post. Some of these articles discussed the latest brouhaha which has seen him banned from one of the first Republican presidential forums. It is being sponsored by the Faith andFreedom Coalition of Iowa but due to Karger sexual orientation organizers are not permitting him to take part. The incident is one which is likely to be repeated during the course of the long campaign to come but how long Republicans can try to shut a candidate out because of who they are before it becomes a problem for the G.O.P. remains to be seen. In the meantime, Fred is forging ahead and campaigning extensively in Iowa and New Hampshire where he is also running some of the first presidential television ads.

To read more about Fred Karger and his campaign, visit his White House 2012 page here. Read about this brave but controversial candidate and when youre done try to win that mug by submitting the question you would like to ask of Fred.

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Republican Presidential Hopeful Fred Karger Proposes Lowering the Voting Age

Bookmark and Share While exploring the possibility of running for President and becoming the first openly gay candidate to run for the presidential nomination of either major U.S. political Party, Fred Karger recently told students at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire that he believes it is time we lower the voting age in America to 16 or 17 years of age. According to Karger;

I feel that we should immediately begin discussion and planning to lower the legal voting age in the United States to either 16 or 17 years old.

Karger feels that American 16 and 17 year olds are more informed on the issues than any generation in history. He argues that by actively engaging high school students in the political process, they will be inclined to not only get involved, but to stay involved. Karger adds;

We should then encourage our schools and school districts to teach these young people about elections and the campaigns on the local, state and national level while they are happening.

In Kargers view, by allowing 16 and 17 year old Americans to vote, and by directly involving them in a process that they would also learn more about, they will be smarter and more informed voters than their parents and grandparents, and less likely to drop out of high school. He also points out that by making these high school age students first time voters, candidates running for office will seek these students out and for the first time appeal directly to them and their concerns.

In turn, Fred Karger believes that we will ultimately increase participation and turnout in elections for generations to come. Currently the United States ranks 36th in voter turnout, behind such countries as India, Israel, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Venezuela and Australia.

In March of 1971, Congress proposed lowering the voting age to 18 through the 26th Amendment . Within four months time, it was ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures and passed quicker than any other amendment in in American history. Karger thinks we can do it again and says;

Lets begin the dialog and show our 16 and 17 year olds that we value them and their opinions. They can drive, pay taxes, enlist in the military at 17 and even vote in certain state primaries at 17 as long as they turn 18 by the general election.

But on the flipside of the issue, while franchising 16 and 17 year oldsmay improve our nations poor voter turnout numbers, would it actually generate a consistent voting habit in them when they are in the 18 to 24 year old bracket? That age group has the worst voter turnout numbers of all. Statistics show us that more reliably, regular voting habits come with age. The older the age group, the larger percentage of turnout they have. This could be because with age comes the responsibilities that are more effected by politics. A sixteen year old crying over the latest song sung by an American Idol contestant or dreaming about attending the latest Lady Gaga concert at the Coliseum, is less focused on their 401k or the latest speech given by German Chancellor Andrea Merkel at the recent G-20 Summit.

Such facts raise concerns that go beyond trying to get our high school students more involved in civics. There is the issue of peer pressure. How many of these formulating minds will be influenced by the group think mentality which could have them voting for the candidate who campaigns with Snoop Dog instead of Mitch Daniels? And would such determining factors be appropriate in influencing an election? And what of impressionable students who may be easily persuaded by their parents or even their teachers? As it is now, the education field is dominated by a left leaning political philosophy and do we really want our childrens vote to be influenced by educators who can even subtly steer kids to vote for the candidates of the teachers liking?

This is not to suggest that all these problematic influences do not already exist in the voting age population. College age voters are easily influenced by the teachings of the liberal elite who occupy the halls of our many fine institutions of higher education. And there do exist adults who still succumb to peer pressure. But all of this is diluted as one gains more life experience. That life experience gives each individual the ability to make political decisions based on something more than pop culture trends or the remarks of a favorite teacher. Most 16 year olds have not yet begun to open up a business and have not yet had the chance to file the endless tax documents involved. Most 17 year olds have not yet had to try to find a way to make this months mortgage payment. Faced with these experiences and having to deal with them, has a way of allowing one to establish their own political ideology and preferences in a way that is not effected by the opinion of someone else.

In the meantime, Fred Karger is getting the issue out there and as he put it, beginning the dialog and showing our 16 and 17 year olds that we value them and their opinions. The issue is a valid one and not unprecedented. In 2007 Austria became the first country in the European Union to give 16 year olds full voting rights. They merely adopted a practice that was already in place in Nicaragua, the Isle of Man, Brazil and Cuba, although I am not quite sure howmuch of a choice it isin Cuban elections which print ballots offering a choice between Raul Castro or Prison. But even Germany permits 16 year olds to vote in certain local elections.

So perhaps the issue is worth discussing, but for Fred Karger it is not really an issue to run on. The people who he is really appealing to here cant vote for him yet and won’t really be able to help him pull off a come from behind win in the Iowa Caucuses or New Hampshire Primary.

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Gay Republican Fred Karger Fights for His Voice to be Heard In Presidential Forum

Bookmark and Share Although he isstill an undeclared candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Fred Kargers aggressive exploratory committee has left no doubts about his serious consideration to enter the race. However; some are not so willing to accept his candidacy.

In Iowa, the Faith and Freedom Coalition , and one of its leaders, Steve Scheffler, is refusing to invite Karger to a March 7th forum of potential Republican candidates for President. The forum is widely viewed as one of the first, albeit unofficial, debates of the 2012 Republican presidential contest. For the record, Scheffler has stated that he will invite anyone who has expressed the “slightest interest” in the 2012 Republican nomination. But anyone apparently does not include Fred Karger.

Karger is an openly gay Republican and as such, Scheffler refuses to acknowledge Fred Karger as a legitimate candidate.

In light of these events, Fred Kargers exploratory committee has issued a press release (see below) announcing his plans to petition Steve Sheffler and the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition to allow Fred to participate in the March 7th forum.

The incident is an early sign of the problem that Kargers candidacy will create for Republicans if they try to shut him out. In the case of this forum, Steve Scheffler and the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition do have a right to deny Fred Karger a place on their stage. It is a private event. But in doing so, this Christian organization can not put itself forward as one that is providing an open forum for the free discussion of beliefs, opinions and ideas. It is clear that Scheffler only wants to here those opinions which he agrees with. That is fine for Scheffler and his coalition, but how long can the Republican Party accept denying Fred Karger a place at the table of debate? How long can they refuse to allow his views to be heard in the race for the Republican presidential nomination?

For his part, Karger has a campaign that will be many times harder than any of his potential opponents. Not only must he campaign hard to make his case, he musteven fight hard for the right to make his case. In addition to that, he must prove himself to be more than just the gay Republican in the race. He must break through stereotypes and prove that he is not a one issue candidate. He must also demonstrate that gays are respectful of differences of opinion and different beliefs, but ask for the same in return. Kargerthen needs to demonstrate to the Party of the right, that equality and the defense of rights is a cherished conservative value that should be a perfect fit for the Party of Lincoln.

And just as Karger has a lot of work to do, the Republican Party has a lot of tough questions to answer. First they must ask themselves if they wish to disenfranchise entire segments of society because of who they are? Then they must ask themselves how they can politically reconcile their catering to the extremes of the religious right, with their need to protect the constitutional rights of all people, including homosexuals? That is a debate that would be worth the Partys while to have now, rather than later, when they go head to head with President Obama.

It is also a debate that Fred Karger could help the Party get through. If they let him .

But it is up to the GOP to demonstrate that it is at least willing to have a family discussion about the issue during their candidate selection process. And while pondering that, the Party would be wise to remember that Fred Karger is not alone. In addition to simply being fellow Americans who are worthy of being heard, many gays are also Republicans.

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Karger’s petition reads as follows:

I am deeply disappointed to read that the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition has refused to invite potential presidential candidate Fred Karger to a planned March 2011 candidate forum in Waukee, Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, you said that Karger can’t be considered a legitimate candidate.

That simply isn’t true. Karger has visited Iowa five times, has released a television commercial introducing himself to voters, has an official exploratory committee, and has met hundreds upon hundreds of Iowa voters. He is engaged in this campaign much more than some of the names on your invite list.

It sounds to me that the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition either doesn’t want to acknowledge Karger because he’s a gay Republican, or you’re afraid of his candidacy. But shouldn’t Iowa voters be the ones who decide whether or not Karger is a serious candidate?

I urge you to reconsider your decision to bar Karger from this event, and offer Karger an invite. If you think he’s the wrong Republican for the job, you should have the courage to confront him in a candidate forum, and allow Iowa voters to make up their own minds.

Thank you for your time.

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If you wish to help insure that all the issues are debated openly and honestly, below you will find a link to Karger’s petition for you to sign.

But in addition to that I also suggest that you take a moment to send the leadership of the Republican National Committee a message and tell them that they have a responsibility to make sure that Fred Karger and all voices in the Partyareheard and that all the issues should be open to discussion.

Email your message to

info@GOP.com

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