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Fred Karger to become first official 2012 presidential candidate
Longtime political activist and campaign consultant Fred Karger will become the first to officially file with the Federal Election Commission to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
Karger was the first to announce his intent to run in April 2010 and the first to form an exploratory committee in July 2010. He has traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire multiple times and even launched a commercial for a brief time.
Karger’s resume includes working as a senior consultant for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.
However, as Karger prepares to campaign in Iowa, he’ll have a tough road set by Christian conservative activists. Karger, the first openly gay presidential candidate, challenged with the Maine Ethics Commission that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) engaged in money laundering, resulting in an ongoing investigation.
NOM, along with the anti-gay American Family Association and the Family Research Council, supported the Bob Vander Plaats-led campaign to successfully oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices.
Karger was also an outspoken opponent against the Proposition 8 campaign in California to ban same-sex marriage by popular vote.
During the Faith & Freedom event, the 5 potential GOP presidential candidates all expressed their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Karger said he will be officially filing the papers at the FEC’s Washington, D.C., office Wednesday morning.