He isn’t Measuring the Drapes yet but…
Fred Karger, a California gay-rights activist and former political operative, submitted papers Wednesday to the Federal Elections Commission to become an official 2012 Republican presidential contender. In doing so, he is also the first openly gay Republican candidate to run for president. On Tuesday, he met with members of the Republican National Committee including Chairman Reince Priebus and Chief of Staff Jeff Larson to discuss his candidacy, according to Roll Call.
In November 2010, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that Karger aired several television advertisements in Iowa to introduce himself to voters, and earlier that year, he formed an exploratory committee which raised about $53,000. His entry into the race will likely be first of a long list of candidates who will announce their intentions for the White House. Other potential candidates include former governors Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Sarah Palin and others, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
Karger’s involvement within state and national politics is extensive. He worked for the presidential campaigns of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. He also served for years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Dolphin Group, a political consulting firm based in California.
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