FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -- While five potential candidates for President were speaking before the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Forum last night in Des Moines, Fred was speaking before a meeting of the Broward County Log Cabin Republican Club in the early primary state of Florida. This Log Cabin chapter became the first to make a generous contribution to the Fred Karger Presidential Exploratory Committee.
In reporting on last night’s Iowa Forum, attended by between 1,000 and 2,000 people, CBS News reported that "Openly gay Republican strategist Fred Karger, who has embarked on a longshot presidential run, was shut out of the event." Fred was instead spending three additional days in another early state in the 2012 selection process, Florida. He has been in the Sunshine State since last Thursday, and has been testing the waters there as he nears his decision about filing the necessary documents to run for President of the United States.
Fred's trip is his first to Florida this year, which is nearing a decision about attempting to hold its primary before Iowa's Caucus, now set for February 6, 2012 and the New Hampshire Primary, currently set for February 14, 2012. Fred will be talking to people around Florida about this issue.
For the past ten days, Fred has been in the news for not being invited by Steve Scheffler to last night's Forum in West Des Moines. Mr. Scheffler had told the Wall Street Journal that everyone who had shown the "slightest interest" in running for President in 2012 would be invited. That apparently meant everyone, except Fred.
Fred responded to his exclusion by filing an 82 page complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on February 25, 2012 against the Iowa Christian Alliance, the Faith and Freedom Coalition and Mr. Scheffler. The complaint alleged that by making a subjective decision to not invite Fred because he is gay, that this violates federal election law by in effect making "in-kind" contributions to the five potential candidates who attended last nights heavily covered gathering at the Point of Grace Church; Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Buddy Roemer, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum, all of whom spoke at the Forum.
“After seeing so much local and national coverage of Mr. Scheffler’s event, we are collecting all of the stories out there and will file a supplemental complaint with the FEC,” stated Karger. “It is illegal to arbitrarily exclude one person while inviting everyone else to a Forum such as this just because you don’t agree with him. All potential candidates must be invited using ‘objective’ criteria. The five possible Presidential candidates who did speak would in effect have received millions of dollars in media coverage courtesy of Mr. Scheffler. We will then await a decision from the FEC regarding the next step.”
Last Tuesday, Fred appeared for an hour on Suzanne Lee’s radio show on WHO News Radio in Des Moines to discuss his original FEC complaint, and also took calls from listeners. Other coverage ranged from the Daily Caller, the Des Moines Register, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and The San Francisco Chronicle (see below).
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