Update: November 18, 2011

Nov 18, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah

rina@fredkarger.com

202-507-9583

Fred Karger Calls Florida GOP Chairman the

“Ayatollah of Florida”

 

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Florida GOP Chairman Curry

MANCHESTER, NH – Lenny Curry, the Republican Party Chairman of Florida, personally handpicked the 9 candidates to be on that state’s Republican Primary Ballot.  He left one out.

Californian and former Reagan aide Fred Karger was not included on Chairman Curry’s list, and feels that he was purposely left off the ballot.  Karger fired off a letter to Mr. Curry earlier this week right after Michigan announced that he would be on its February 28, 2012 Primary ballot.  Michigan chose its Presidential candidates based on who was, “generally advocated by the national news media.”  In his November 15th letter, Karger once again asked Curry to be included in the all-important Florida Primary (letter below or click here).

“We reached out repeatedly to Mr. Curry’s staff and him for several weeks prior to his announcement of who would appear on the Florida ballot and who would not,” said Karger.  “This guy is acting just like the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader of Iran.  That may be okay in Tehran, but the voters of Florida should have the opportunity to vote for all the serious Republican candidates for President, not just the ones Lenny Curry picks.”

“I have been heavily involved in politics for over 35 years and I have never seen anything quite like this.  I support full marriage equality, am pro-choice and believe in immigration reform.  I would hope that there is a place for an Independent Republican on the Florida ballot.”

“This is not the way our democracy is supposed to work,” concluded Karger.

So far, Karger will appear on the New Hampshire (January 10, 2012) and Michigan Republican Primary ballots.  He was invited to be in South Carolina’s Primary and is currently accessing all other state primaries and caucuses.


Letter to Florida GOP Chairman Curry

 

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November 15, 2011

Mr. Lenny Curry

Chairman

Republican Party of Florida

420 E. Jefferson Street

PO Box 311

Tallahassee, FL 32301

VIA FAX  (850) 681-0184

Dear Mr. Curry:

I am deeply disheartened that you and the Republican Party of Florida decided to keep me off the Florida Republican Primary Ballot, especially in light of the fact that Michigan just announced that I will appear on its Republican Primary ballot next year.

My campaign staff and I called and emailed your office and you repeatedly for several weeks before you made the decision which candidates to include on the Florida ballot and which to leave off.  Our phone calls and emails were never returned.

I have been extremely active in Republican Party politics for over 40 years.  I ran dozens of GOP races.  I was a part of nine Presidential campaigns including those for President’s Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

I have been campaigning for President full time for the past 22 months.  I was the first serious candidate to announce his intention to run in April 2010, the first to establish a Presidential Exploratory Committee in July 2010, the first to file with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC in March 2011, the first to run campaign commercials beginning in September 2010 and the first to hire staff way back in March 2010.   I have campaigned in over 25 states including several visits to Florida.  I have been featured and profiled in most major newspapers and appear frequently on national and international television and radio.

According to news reports, you chose to only include those Presidential candidates who participated in the most recent Florida Fox News Debate.  I qualified for that debate.  I met the criteria of achieving 1% in five national polls.  I filed a 158-page complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against Rupert Murdoch and Fox News because I was excluded.   By your criteria, I should be on the Florida Republican Primary Ballot as well.

Last Friday, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson created a list of Presidential candidates who will appear on its February 28, 2012 Primary Ballot.  Her criteria: candidates who were “generally advocated by the national news media.”  I will appear on the Michigan Republican Primary Ballot as well as the January 10, 2012 New Hampshire Primary Ballot.

As you are undoubtedly aware, my candidacy is historic.  I am the first openly gay candidate to ever run for President of the United States from a major political party.  I am also the first Jewish Republican to ever to run for President and appear on state ballots.

Florida is an important state in the Presidential Primaries and in the general election.  These two constituencies may well be key to our success.

Mr. Curry, please do the right thing.  Discrimination has no place in the party of Abraham Lincoln.

There are 2 ½ months until the Florida Republican Presidential Primary.  The ballots have yet to be printed.

I urge you to do the right thing and let me on the Florida Republican Primary Ballot next year.  Help open up and grow our Republican Party.

Best regards,

Fred Karger

cc: Chairman Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee

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Chairman Curry Letter

Nov 16, 2011
Mr. Lenny Curry

Chairman

Republican Party of Florida

420 E. Jefferson Street

PO Box 311

Tallahassee, FL 32301VIA FAX  (850) 681-0184

Dear Mr. Curry:

I am deeply disheartened that you and the Republican Party of Florida decided to keep me off the Florida Republican Primary Ballot, especially in light of the fact that Michigan just announced that I will appear on its Republican Primary ballot next year.

My campaign staff and I called and emailed your office and you repeatedly for several weeks before you made the decision which candidates to include on the Florida ballot and which to leave off.  Our phone calls and emails were never returned.

I have been extremely active in Republican Party politics for over 40 years.  I ran dozens of GOP races.  I was a part of nine Presidential campaigns including those for President’s Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

I have been campaigning for President full time for the past 22 months.  I was the first serious candidate to announce his intention to run in April 2010, the first to establish a Presidential Exploratory Committee in July 2010, the first to file with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, DC in March 2011, the first to run campaign commercials beginning in September 2010 and the first to hire staff way back in March 2010.   I have campaigned in over 25 states including several visits to Florida.  I have been featured and profiled in most major newspapers and appear frequently on national and international television and radio.

According to news reports, you chose to only include those Presidential candidates who participated in the most recent Florida Fox News Debate.  I qualified for that debate.  I met the criteria of achieving 1% in five national polls.  I filed a 158-page complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against Rupert Murdoch and Fox News because I was excluded.   By your criteria, I should be on the Florida Republican Primary Ballot as well.

Last Friday, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson created a list of Presidential candidates who will appear on its February 28, 2012 Primary Ballot.  Her criteria, candidates who were “generally advocated by the national news media.”  I will appear on the Michigan Republican Primary Ballot as well as the January 10, 2012 New Hampshire Primary Ballot.

As you are undoubtedly aware, my candidacy is historic.  I am the first openly gay candidate to ever run for President of the United States from a major political party.  I am also the first Jewish Republican to ever to run for President and appear on state ballots.

Florida is an important state in the Presidential Primaries and in the general election.  These two constituencies may well be key to our success.

Mr. Curry, please do the right thing.  Discrimination has no place in the party of Abraham Lincoln.

There are 2 ½ months until the Florida Republican Presidential Primary.  The ballots have yet to be printed.

I urge you to do the right thing and let me on the Florida Republican Primary Ballot next year.  Help open up and grow our Republican Party.

Best regards,

fred signatures

Fred Karger

cc: Chairman Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee

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Update: November 14, 2011

November 14, 2011

Contact: Rina Shah

rina@fredkarger.com

202-507-9583

Fred on Michigan Primary Ballot!!!

We received some very exciting news on Friday.

Fred will be on the Michigan Primary ballot on February 28, 2012.

There were only 11 Republicans placed on the ballot by the Michigan Republican Party and the Michigan Secretary of State. This is great news and should really help with other primaries and even debates.  From the news release:

The Michigan Department of State today released the 2012 presidential primary candidate list. The list is available online at www.Michigan.gov/elections.

Under state law, the department is required to create a list of presidential candidates ‘generally advocated by the national news media’ for the presidential primary election.


The Detroit News reports:

 

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Last Updated: November 11. 2011 1:17PM

Michigan GOP presidential ballot lists 11 candidates

Associated Press

For link to story, CLICK HERE

Lansing — Eleven Republican presidential candidates are on the ballot so far for Michigan’s Feb. 28 presidential primary. The Michigan Department of State released the list Friday.

President Barack Obama is the only Democrat. Democratic activists plan to nominate their favorite at May 5 party caucuses, not through a primary election.

The chairmen of the state Democratic and Republican parties have until Tuesday to add the names of other candidates to the list, and candidates have until Dec. 9 to remove their names.

The GOP list includes Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. All eight participated in a southeast Michigan debate Wednesday night.

Others on the GOP list are Gary Johnson, Fred Karger and Buddy Roemer.


Fred Now on 2 Early State Primary Ballots

We have revised our campaign plan in New Hampshire to adjust to five fewer all important weeks of campaigning there. The NH Primary is now on January 10, 2012.

We have lots to do.  We are making new commercials, meeting with Editorial Boards, conducting interviews, setting up direct mail, phone banking and hiring more field staff. Fred is in New Hampshire campaigning practically full time.

This is a historic time and we could really use your help.  Please send in $10.00, $25.00 or even $100.00 today.  If you have never contributed to Fred’s campaign, with the first primary only 8 weeks away, now is your chance.  If you have given before, please give again.

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With the Michigan news, success in New Hampshire becomes even more important. With your help we will be able to compete in all the upcoming primaries and caucuses.


More Coverage

Michigan News

 

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EDITED BY RICHARD WAGNER
Michigan Republican Presidential Primary Ballot Includes Eleven Names

November 11th, 2011

For link to story, CLICK HERE

On November 11, the Michigan Secretary of State released the names of candidates who will be on the February 28, 2012 presidential primary ballots. Here is the Republican list, which includes eleven candidates. The link also includes the Democratic list. The Republican list includes Buddy Roemer and Fred Karger, two candidates who names have not been included on the Florida Republican presidential primary ballot. The Michigan Republican Party compiled the list.

The Michigan Democratic presidential primary ballot just lists President Obama. Michigan does not give a presidential primary to any of the smaller qualified parties.

Anyone not on today’s list may still get on the presidential primary ballot by petition. To get on the Republican presidential primary, 10,244 signatures are needed (one-half of 1% of the November 2008 Republican presidential vote). To get on the Democratic ballot, the petition must include 14,000 signatures. Any registered voter may sign. Thanks to Thomas Jones for this news.


Lansing State Journal
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11 Republicans on primary ballot for Michigan

1:11 AM, Nov. 12, 2011

For link to story, CLICK HERE


 

Thank you for your help and support!

Veterans Day Statement

Nov 11, 2011

Veterans Day Statement

Today we honor all of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line each day to protect our nation. The selflessness of these individuals allows us to live under the flag of freedom.

This Veterans Day seems particularly poignant, as this is the first Veterans Day that gay and lesbian service members can serve openly and be recognized for their service.

We can also thank the Congress and President Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” so that all Americans can serve proudly in the U.S. military.

We salute all our veterans.

The Republic: Fred Karger, in presidential bid, seeks moderate GOP

Nov 9, 2011

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By BEN LEUBSDORF

First Posted: November 8, 2011

For link to posted story, CLICK HERE

CONCORD, N.H. – Fred Karger says he relates more to Occupy Wall Street than to the Tea Party. He supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights. He voted in the last two presidential elections for Ralph Nader.

All in all, he isn’t much like most Republicans running for president.

“I’m not one of these Republicans who say, ‘Oh, you’re too conservative, you should leave the party.’ I believe everyone should stay in the Republican Party. But I think it needs to reflect this moderate view more than it does,” he told the Monitor’s editorial board last week.

Karger, 61, a longtime political consultant and California resident who has never held elected office, is billing himself as the first openly gay candidate for president as he seeks next year’s Republican nomination. With little money and a half-dozen full- and part-time staffers, he says he’ll be happy if he can make it into a single televised debate.

In any case, he said, he’s not going away. He’s on the ballot for New Hampshire’s Jan. 10 primary. He said he has resources to make it to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., if necessary. And the self-described Rockefeller Republican says he wants to move his party back toward the moderate middle.

If he were elected president, Karger said he’d reach out to everyone and be willing to compromise to achieve his goals.

“If you can get a personal relationship going, nine times out of 10 you can get things done,” he said. “We all have a lot in common.”

On health care, Karger said he would look to the states to enact plans, with the federal government using financial incentives to promote standards like covering patients with pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance.

On the federal budget, Karger said he’d want to see spending cut to reduce the deficit, but he wouldn’t reject raising taxes.

“Everything needs to be on the table,” Karger said. “We have a Congress now that … are complete cowards. All they will do is raise spending, increase spending and cut taxes because that goes over well at home. And we’ve been doing that for too long, and we have to bite the bullet here.”

Karger said he’s working on a tax plan, and would try to help the unemployed get back to work by creating an online clearinghouse for jobs, assist with moving expenses and training and create tax incentives for businesses to hire.

Karger said the 2009 federal stimulus spending championed by President Barack Obama and the Troubled Asset Relief Program pushed by then-president George W. Bush in 2008 were necessary. But he said Obama then focused on health care reform at the expense of the economy.

On health care, Karger said he would look to the states to enact plans, with the federal government using financial incentives to promote standards like covering patients with pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance.

And on foreign policy, Karger said “too much was left to chance” as the Arab Spring protests gathered steam early this year, but he supports the U.S.-coalition intervention in the Libyan civil war. He also said he supports pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Karger disagrees with many Republicans on many issues.

“It’s difficult, I’ll say that. And it would be easy for me to just part company and go off to independent or Democrat,” Karger said. “But I believe in the basic foundation of the Republican Party.”

(Contact Ben Leubsdorf at bleubsdorf(at)cmonitor.com.)

(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.scrippsnews.com)