GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger is openly gay, pro-LGBT rights, pro-choice and pro-pot and wants the U.S. out of Afghanistan, so it’s no wonder that even though he qualified for the GOP debates, he’s not been invited to the podium. CPAC would not allow him to set up a booth at their convention last month, and Karger has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over CPAC’s “no gays allowed” policy.
Fred got more votes than Michele Bachmann in New Hampshire, and has qualified for the ballot in California, which was why there was a celebration/fundraiser for him Sunday night in Los Feliz.
Since Fred Karger was also the name of my dead stepfather, the candidate invited me as his guest. It was a great chance to wear my “Democrat shoes” — custom made, electric blue mules.
My Democrat mules--they're blue!
A number of the guests were dyed in the wool Dems, but feel that voting for Fred Karger is worth switching parties (CA is a closed primary and only registered Republicans can vote a Republican slate) because a vote for Fred Karger is a vote for civil rights, for marriage equality; and a vote against the fundamentalism-stained rhetoric of the current GOP candidate crop.
I chatted with several Republican who dislike the way the GOP has gone in recent years, and would like to see nice, decent parties with different approaches, rather that the “this party is good/this party is evil” dualism inherent in today’s politics.
Considering that the field of Republican hopefuls is shrinking, and Karger–who has no Super PAC and is running his campaign on a shoestring–is still in play, he could end up finally getting a chance to debate the front runners. And the more votes he gets, the louder the message to homophobes and haters.