Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Presidential candidate Fred Karger at Fish on Friday

Candidate returns to Charleston to talk about big tent GOP

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Local Log Cabin Republicans are hosting a reception for Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger.

A longtime Republican operative turned gay rights advocate, Karger spoke with us last fall about being the first openly gay presidential candidate.

"I'm a realist — I'm probably not going to win," he says. But he points to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the New York Democrat who was the first major-party African-American candidate 36 years before President Barack Obama. "She didn't win, but she paved the way for others."

An opportunity to share the stage with other GOP hopefuls would be an accomplishment, whether or not Karger makes it to November. He says his campaign has developed a strategy to reach those platforms.

"I've been aggressive and a fighter my whole political life, and I'll do that with this campaign," he says.

The reception is from 7-8:15 p.m. Friday at Fish Restaurant, 442 King St. 

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