Gay candidate announces GOP bid for president

After working behind the scenes on state, local and national campaigns, Karger founded Californians Against Hate, an effort to focus public scrutiny on major donors who supported Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that halted gay marriage in California. Karger has also filed complaints against the Mormon Church and the National Organization for Marriage alleging inappropriate actions in their battles against gay marriage, according to his campaign biography.

In an interview with CBS News, Karger called President Obama a “disappointment” and said he hopes to “make history” if he is able to join in the Republican presidential debates.

“Being a gay Republicans is kind of an oxymoron,” Karger told CBS. “I have been a fighter in my party, I have always been on the more moderate side but I’m also a protege of Lee Atwater. We need to open up this party and that’s one of my reasons for running. The party should not be dominated by one faction or another. It should be open to all.”


Top photo: Fred Karger (Publicity photo)