May 6, 2011
May 5, 2011
Fred Karger to Hold 3:00 pm Greenville News Conference Today,
Preview Latest New Hampshire Commercial &
Talk About “What I Would Have Said in Tonight’s Debate”
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA – Presidential candidate Fred Karger will hold a News Conference today at 3:00 pm (EDT) at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Greenville, 50 West Broad St., Greenville, SC in the “Veranda on Main” Room. The hotel is located directly across the street from the Peace Center, where the South Carolina Republican Party & Fox News Republican Presidential Debate will take place six hours later.
Karger, the first out gay candidate to ever run for President of the United States, is in Greenville to attend tonight’s first debate of the 2012 election. He received an invitation to the debate, but did not meet all of the criteria. Karger along with former Governor Buddy Roemer and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore were unable to participate because they had not been included in the required five national polls. However, Karger was included in last Friday’s Fox News’ National Poll and scored 1% to tie with former Governors Gary Johnson (NM) and Jon Huntsman (UT). He even beat out Buddy Roemer (0%) and was only 2 points behind Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum – both at 3%. Karger recently finished first in the biggest New Hampshire Straw Poll of the year, defeating former Governor Mitt Romney (MA) by 5 votes.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be participating in tonight’s debate, but I will be in the audience,” said Karger. “I had hoped to be on stage with the other candidates, but I understand the rules set by the organizers, and as long as they were uniformly enforced, I have no objection. I am very excited to be in Greenville. Rina Shah, our Communications Director and I will be in the Peace Center tonight to watch the proceedings. I will be emailing a live feed into the Huffington Post during the debate, and will be available to comment on the proceedings immediately following the debate.”
Then it’s off to New Hampshire first thing tomorrow morning for a full three day schedule including attending the annual Dartmouth College Gay Pride Dinner Friday night. Karger will lead his very first (of many) big Saturday Precinct Walks. Karger and at least 20 volunteers will give away up to 3,000 brand new Fred Frisbees to registered voters throughout Hanover and Lebanon, NH as they campaign door-to-door talking to voters.
Tyler Ford, Karger’s Dartmouth Coordinator is organizing the walk, and any interested volunteers should contact him at Ford@FredKarger.com. The walk begins at 10:30 am this Saturday, May 7th in Hanover. There will be a speaker, Dunkin Donuts, coffee and instructions before everyone heads out to walk the neighborhoods with a bagpiper leading the way.
“Demon Frisbee” Commercial to Run in New Hampshire and on YouTube
A 30 and 60-second version of the fast-paced commercial, “Demon Frisbee” will begin airing this Saturday, May 7, 2011 on WMUR TV and on Cable throughout the Granite State for one week. It will launch the Karger campaign’s big Saturday precinct walks and Fred Frisbee Giveaways slated for many Saturdays until next February’s first-in-the-nation primary (weather permitting).
The John Keitel produced commercial will be previewed at the News Conference.
May 2, 2011 Contact: Rina Shah
South Carolina Debate – Fred Should be Included
TO: Mrs. Karen Floyd, Chair, South Carolina Republican Party
Mr. Joel Sawyer, Executive Director, South Carolina Republican Party
Mr. Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corporation
Mr. Roger Ailes, President, Fox News Channel
DATE: May 2, 2011
RE: South Carolina Debate
Yesterday many brave Americans in our Special Forces Unit made our nation and the world a far safer place by eliminating Osama Bin Laden. The U. S. Military, Homeland Security and the Central Intelligence Agency worked long and hard to rid the world of its worst terrorist. These American heroes represent a wide array of backgrounds, who all came together for the common good. They send a powerful message that Americans working together can accomplish anything.
As we celebrate victory over our enemy, there is a very important debate about to occur in just four days to help determine who may well be the next President of the United States. The South Carolina Republican Party and Fox News are hosting this first-in-the-nation Presidential debate. I hope that in the same spirit of victory over terrorism, you will open up your debate to send a powerful message that we are all Americans regardless of race, color, creed or sexuality.
Now is the time to let me into your debate to show the country and the world that there is room on that stage for someone who is different from the rest, who brings a more independent voice on issues and whose long work in politics for President Reagan shares his great optimism for America.
I have been very encouraged about the news coming out of South Carolina regarding my participation in your Debate this Thursday. I am sure you saw the Fox News Poll on Friday that had me at 1%. Since Fox News is hosting and broadcasting the Debate, I would think that you agree that I have now met your threshold.
Buddy Roemer, who has reportedly paid the $25,000 fee and has been announced as a participant in your Debate, has not met the1% threshold in the most recent Fox poll or any others polls that we have seen. As I pointed out in my April 27, 2011 Memorandum to you, if you include Mr. Roemer and not me, my attorneys feel that would be a clear violation of the “objective criteria” requirement of the Federal Election Commission in determining debate participants. This would leave me no other choice than to take this matter up with the FEC.
By your use of “subjective criteria” to pick Debate participants, I cannot think of any reason to leave me out, other than the fact that I am gay. It truly makes no sense.
I will be in Greenville Thursday evening to either be in the Debate or watch it from the audience.
I have been a registered Republican working for Republican candidates for over 45 years. I have worked on nine Republican Presidential campaigns and dozens more for Governor, U. S. Senate, Congress and state and local candidates. I will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the proceedings, and I should be allowed a place on that stage in Greenville Thursday night.
Tim Pawlenty spoke out regarding this on Saturday, “I hope all of the serious or even potential candidates are going to get in this debate.”
Mitt Romney said on CNN recently, “The more people we have in the debates, talking about different ideas and different approaches, the better.”
And 32 years ago in New Hampshire, when he was running for President, my old boss Ronald Reagan even demanded that the Nashua Debate be opened up to all candidates, and uttered the famous line when the moderator attempted to silence him for objecting to the inclusion of other candidates, “Mr. Breen, I am paying for this microphone.”
I have placed a telephone call today to Joel Sawyer at SCGOP and have reached out to Michael Clemente at Fox News to find out your decision. I will overnight my notarized application in today and am prepared to transfer $25,000 from Fred Karger for President to the SCGOP by your deadline of 5:00 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in order to be included in Thursday’s debate.
I have a web site up with much of the South Carolina and national news coverage about my being left out: www.LetFredIn.com
I hope that you will do the right thing and not treat me differently, and allow me to participate in the South Carolina Republican Party and Fox News Debate on Thursday.
Thank you very much.
Note: Immediately following Thursday’s Debate in Greenville, SC, Fred will fly up to New Hampshire for his first big precinct walk and Fred Frisbee giveaway this Saturday, May 7th. Over 20 people have signed up for the first of what promises to be many more around the Granite State over the next ten months.
Walkers will meet on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Hanover, NH at 10:30 am for coffee, Dunkin Donuts and instructions. Then the walkers will go door to door throughout Hanover handing out campaign literature and Fred Frisbees to voters.
Dartmouth College Coordinator, Tyler Ford is organizing the walk and has announced that there will be a bagpiper leading the way for all the walkers on Saturday. “We want it to be fun and lively and with a bagpiper with us, we will be able to point out how frugal Fred is,” said Ford. “Then immediately after the walk we’re coming back to the meeting place for pizza and to talk about how much fun we had talking to voters and giving away Fred Frisbees.”