WMUR: Karger 1st Person to File in Person for Primary

Oct 17, 2011

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Karger first Candidate to File in Person for Primary

Campaign staffer for Paul Files Papers Earlier

Posted: 1039am EDT October 17, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H. — Republican Fred Karger, who said he is the first openly gay presidential candidate, signed his name and wrote “Equality for All!” on a keepsake poster Monday as he formally put his name on the ballot for New Hampshire’s yet-to-be scheduled presidential primary.

Karger, a longtime GOP operative from California who has been campaigning in New Hampshire for close to two years, was the first candidate to show up in person when the filing period opened Monday. But Ron Paul filed first by proxy, sending a staffer who quietly signed him up just after 8 a.m.

Karger showed up with a campaign sign, an oversized mock check and a real check to pay the $1,000 filing fee. He signed the filing paperwork and was the first candidate to scrawl a message on a poster that later will get reprinted in the state’s “red book,” a compilation of election results and political history.

“The fact that I’m here today in the secretary of state’s office with Secretary Gardner, signing up and paying the filing fee to be in the New Hampshire primary is hugely significant for me personally, and for millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans who are looking for hope and looking for the opportunity to live their lives honestly,” he said.

Four years ago, a Minnesota fugitive living in Italy beat a costume-wearing ex-convict to become the first to file as an official candidate in the 2008 New Hampshire presidential primary. Jack Shepard’s courier package from Rome beat Robert Haines’ hand-delivered, incomplete petitions and $1,000 credit check to be the first accepted by the secretary of state. It took Haines more than 90 minutes to turn in his papers, after he embarked first on a loud and erratic one-man show that included five costume changes, multiple characters and cursing.

The current filing period runs through Oct. 28. Gardner set the filing period earlier than usual in response to crowding by other states. He has said early December is a realistic option for the New Hampshire primary unless Nevada officials move their caucus back. Gardner said Monday he is unlikely to announce the primary date this week.

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Update: October 17, 2011

October 17, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah



Karger First to file to be in New Hampshire Primary

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Californian and former Reagan aide Fred Karger turned in his paperwork, his cashier’s check for $1,000 and officially filed to run in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary this morning.  Karger was the first candidate to personally present his check and paperwork to New Hampshire’s Secretary of State Bill Gardner on the day filing opened in this first-in-the-nation Primary state.

The cashiers check was drawn from his hometown bank, the Wells Fargo branch in Laguna Beach, CA.

“I wanted to be the first Republican candidate for President to personally file for the New Hampshire Primary – whenever it may be.  We were there right when the office opened at 8:00 am sharp.”

Fred signed the official Declaration of Candidacy (RSA 655:47) on the historic 200 year old desk used by all Presidential candidates entering the NH Primary.

Karger was the first to announce his intention to run for President, the first to form an exploratory committee, the first to hire staff in New Hampshire, the first to run a commercial in NH, the first to win a NH straw poll, the first to hold a Town Hall Meeting in NH and the first to file for President with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC back on March 23, 2011.

Today, Karger becomes the first openly gay candidate to ever file to run in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary of either major political party.  He is currently residing in Manchester, NH, having leased a home there for seven months.

Fred had an impromptu news conference after turning in his paperwork.  There was a lot of media at the Secretary of State’s office.

“History was made today in New Hampshire.  On behalf of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans I am so proud to take this historic step,” concluded Karger.


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Update: October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah



Karger Premieres New Commercial Tonight in New Hampshire

PLYMOUTH, NH – California Businessman and former Reagan political aid Fred Karger will premiere “Let Fred In,” his new web commercial at the Grafton County Republican Committee Columbus Day Dinner this evening.  Karger will speak at the dinner along with former Governors Jon Huntsman and Buddy Roemer and Ann Romney.  The reception, dinner and straw poll begins at 5:30 pm at The Common Man Inn, Plymouth, NH.

The 90 second commercial called “Let Fred In” will go live today and can be viewed on the campaign’s web site, facebook page, on twitter and Youtube.  It features a vintage clip of Karger’s old boss Ronald Reagan and utilizes some state-of-the-art special effects.

In the commercial Karger places himself in the Fox News—Google Debate and responds to the booing of Stephen Hill, the openly gay soldier stationed in Iraq.

Karger was not invited to the last two Fox News Debates even though he met the requirements.  Because of this unfair treatment, Karger filed a 158 complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch.  The FEC is looking into the matter – Case #MUR 6493.

Click below to see the commercial:


“I was watching the last debate in Washington, DC and when they booed Stephen Hill I was so angry that I was not there to speak out against such un-American behavior,” said Karger.  “I hope that this commercial will send a clear message to future debate organizers that they should “Let Fred In” so that I can address these social issues and talk about how I will turn this country around like Ronald Reagan did 30 years ago.”

The commercial was produced and directed by California filmmaker Kristina Lapinski.

Fred Discovered Rick Perry Did Not Qualify for Tomorrow’s Debate

On Saturday Fred discovered that Governor Rick Perry DID NOT qualify for tomorrow’s Bloomberg TV, Washington Post, WBIN TV Debate at Dartmouth College.

Perry did not meet all four requirements, so Fred sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg who owns Bloomberg TV and asked that if Rick Perry gets to debate, then so should he, Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer.  Here’s some coverage from Perry’s home state:


Perry included in NH debate even though he does not qualify

Posted on 10 Oct 2011 at 1235pm

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Fred Karger, the first Republican to declare his run for the White House this year, has been shut out of all of the debates but has been a good watchdog on the other Republican candidates. He found that Texas Gov. Rick Perry does not qualify to be in Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate.

Over the weekend Karger sent a complaint to New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg who also owns Bloomberg News. That organization is the sponsor of a debate at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire along with Washington Post and WBIN TV.

According to Karger’s research, candidates had to meet all four of the following criteria to participate:

A. Received measurable popular support in a range of national polls.

B. Campaign reported at least half a million dollars raised in its FEC filing through the 2011 second quarter reporting period.

C. Is a legally qualified candidate for the Republican nomination for President.

D. Participated in at least three nationally televised Republican Presidential debates during the 2012 election cycle.

Karger, who is gay, has been kept out of the debates because of the first criteria. The original standard was a candidate had to poll 1 percent in five national polls. Once Karger met that baseline, sponsoring news organizations raised the percent and have continued keeping him out.

His campaign checked the eight candidates who were invited to the Dartmouth debate and found that Rick Perry does not qualify, even though he will be included.

“Rick Perry was not a candidate by the end of 2nd quarter and has not filed any FEC fundraising reports,” Karger wrote in an email to Dallas Voice and other news organizations so he does not qualify under criteria B.

Perry entered the race on Aug. 12 and will not have to file a report with the Federal Election Commission until the end of this quarter.

-David Taffet


Bloomberg Letter: October 8, 2011

Oct 8, 2011

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October 8, 2011

The Honorable Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg Tower

731 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10022-1331


RE: Rick Perry Did Not Qualify for Tuesday Bloomberg News Debate

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

I am not sure if you are aware, but the recently announced “pre-established objective criteria” used to determine who will be in the Bloomberg TV, Washington Post, WBIN TV, Dartmouth College Debate is flawed.  Not all eight invited participants meet your criteria as reported in the Washington Post yesterday:


Candidates had to meet all four of the following criteria in order to be invited to participate in the Republican Presidential Debate this Tuesday, October 11, 2011:

A.    Received measurable popular support in a range of national polls.

B.    Campaign reported at least half a million dollars raised in its FEC filing through the 2011 second quarter reporting period.

C.    Is a legally qualified candidate for the Republican nomination for President.

D.    Participated in at least three nationally televised Republican Presidential debates during the 2012 election cycle.

Our campaign checked all eight candidates to see if each met your criteria.  Guess what?


Rick Perry did not join the race until August 12, 2011, 43 days after the end of the 2nd reporting period.  Rick Perry has yet to file ANY FEC fundraising reports for any quarter: http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00500587


Bloomberg already reported that Rick Perry was in the debate on October 4, 2011: http://inside.bloomberg.com/blog/2011/10/candidates-announced-for-1st-gop-economic-debate.html

Mayor Bloomberg, since the debate organizers are not sticking to their own rules, then how about letting all serious Republican candidates for President on the stage to debate and talk about our ideas to fix the economy?

Let in former Governor’s Gary Johnson, Buddy Roemer and me.  We all have much to add to this all important discussion.

Otherwise, under the organizers “pre-established objective criteria,” Mr. Perry should not be allowed to debate Tuesday at Dartmouth.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this very important matter.

Best regards,

Fred Karger

cc:  Washington Post

Dartmouth College

Federal Election Commission