Fred Karger was the first Republican to form a presidential exploratory committee. Now he's the first official presidential candidate of the 2012 election cycle.
When Karger filed his official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission yesterday, he also made history by becoming the first openly gay candidate to run for President of the United States under the banner of either major political party.
"I want to send a loud and clear message to anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer, that you can do anything you want to do in this country," he said in a press release. "You can even run for President of the United States."
For anyone who thinks Fred Karger's presidential campaign is just a gimmick, consider this: while Mitt Romney has been in hiding for the past year, Karger been out in the field campaigning,Â visiting Iowa at least five times and New Hampshire 11 times. While other Republicans have fallen in line with the Tea Party, Karger has embraced the "big tent" philosophy his party will need to win in 2012. He's the kind of candidate John McCain might describe as "mavericky".
All that hard work is starting to pay off. Fred Karger scored an exclusive interview with CBS News yesterday and today's mainstream media is sure to generate more buzz for his presidential campaign. Fred may be a long shot for the GOP presidential nomination, but his campaign will be among the most interesting to watch as the 2012 election unfolds.