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LA Times profiles openly gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger

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Fred is working hard to get on the stage at one of the televised debates. He met the criteria for the FOX News debate this week, but Murdoch's network still won't let him debate. I suspect the other GOP candidates, particularly Mitt Romney, really don't want him there either.

Today, the LA Times has a profile on Fred. Worth a read. He's knows exactly what's he's doing -- and why:

By running for president and trying to get on stage for at least one debate — the overriding goal of his candidacy — Karger hopes to send a message to people like himself: a boy growing up outside Chicago and, later, a closeted adult, shamed by society's view of his sexuality and too scared to admit, even to himself, who he was.

They need to understand, Karger says, that not only is it OK to be gay, it's also possible to be gay and an unflinching candidate for the nation's highest office.

"I want to send the message to gay younger people and older people and everyone in between that you can do anything you want in life, and don't feel bad about yourself and don't feel you have to live your life the way I did," Karger says over a long lunch at Musso & Frank, the fabled Hollywood haunt.
I want to see Fred deliver that message on the same stage as Romney, Pawlenty, Bachmann and Santorum.

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