Openly gay GOP Presidential Candidate Fred Karger is not yet on the ballot for the Republican primary in North Carolina. He was on the Michigan ballot on Tuesday. What will it take for the NC Board of Elections to put him on the ballot here? A nod from the homophobic NC GOP.

North Carolina’s Republican Party is polluted with proud bible beaters, anti-gays,  flat-earthers, Teabaggers, womb controllers, anti-environmentalists…the list of demerits goes on and on. It has leadership that craps on the idea of transparency in government. We’ve seen in action that since it took control of the General Assembly in 2010, for the first time since Reconstruction. This party’s extremists are why we are facing a marriage discrimination amendment on the ballot on May 8.

Retired California businessman Fred Karger is a throwback to a more moderate party that embraced personal freedom and common sense principles. That’s not the party of the mind-blowing leading candidate Rick Santorum. Karger’s made it onto the ballot in other states, most recently in Michigan, but has yet to qualify here despite sending qualifying information packets to the State Board of Elections and NC GOP Chair requesting to be on the primary ballot (letter here).

February 28, 2012

The Honorable Robert Cordle
North Carolina State Board of Elections
PO Box 27255
Raleigh, NC 27611-7255

Dear Mr. Cordle:

I write this letter to request that my name, Fred Karger, be placed on the ballot for North Carolina’s May 8, 2012 Republican presidential primary ballot.

As you know, under North Carolina law, a presidential candidate’s name shall be placed on the primary ballot if the candidate “is generally advocated and recognized in the news media throughout the United States or in North Carolina” N.C. Elec. Law § 163-213.4.

Generally Recognized in National and International Press

I have been profiled and covered in thousands of news stories including the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, the Kalamazoo Gazette, The Jerusalem Post, the Observer, The OC Weekly and Chicago Magazine. BBC’s HardTalk interviewed their first 2012 Republican candidate when they interviewed me. Fox News, MSNBC, CBS News, New Hampshire’s WMUR, The Manchester Union Leader, The Des Moines Register, Politico and The Huffington Post all regularly include me in their lists of 2012 candidates.

People all around the world have seen me interviewed as a presidential candidate by Rachel Maddow, David Frost, ABC, CBS News, Fox News, Russian Television, Swiss Television, Australian Broadcasting, Britain’s Sky News and Comedy Central.

Other States’ Primary Ballots as a Presidential Candidate

I was the first to file to be on the New Hampshire ballot. I am one of five candidates running who appears on the Michigan, Puerto Rico and Maryland and ballots. The Secretary of State of California included me as one of only six candidates on California’s republican presidential primary ballot (now five as Buddy Roemer has since dropped out). The New York State Board of Elections included me as one of only five republican presidential candidates on its ballot.

Each of these states use the same requirement as North Carolina, that the candidate is “is generally advocated and recognized in the news media throughout the United States or in North Carolina.” I am applying for ballot access in several other upcoming primaries. Voters in Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri and many of the caucus states have alerted my campaign that they will nominate me at their local precinct caucuses.

As my candidacy complies with the candidacy requirements of N.C. Elec. Law § 163-213.4, I trust that my name, Fred Karger, will therefore be placed on the 2012 North Carolina Primary Ballot.

Thank you for your assistance with this important matter. Should you have any questions, please contact my Ballot Inclusion Coordinator, Kevin Miniter, at (202) 365-2321 or by email at

Fred Karger

Gary Bartlett, executive director of the NC State Board of Elections, forwarded a request from New Hampshire’s GOP to the NC GOP’s Chair Robin Hayes (email: requesting that Fred Karger be added to the primary ballot (letter here). That was back in December.

Now I wouldn’t expect the wingnut-prevalent state GOP to do more than forward Newt, Mittens, Santorum, and Ron Paul as candidates to the BOE (you can read Hayes’s Feb. 2 letter here). Karger would not get a nod from this virulently homophobic state party. The NC GOP notoriously barred the now-defunct NC Log Cabin Republicans chapter (openly gay GOPers) from even having a booth at its state convention.

So he’s not on the ballot.

I spoke with Karger the other day — the pro-choice, pro-marriage equality candidate is a refreshing rabble-rouser who threatens the party establishment. For the brave souls like Karger trying to ride out the reign of the know-nothing retrograde influences on the party, his visibility alone is a threat — it forces a dialogue abou issues of the bandwidth of the Republican party’s appeal to mainstream America. At this point in the party — with the merits and morality of birth control at the center of the Clown Car debate — that bandwidth has shrunk to a dial-up connection.

With an amendment that would bar gays and lesbians from civil marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships, having Fred Karger in the political mix here makes a lot of sense. But this is the NC GOP. Here are some to-the-point videos from the Fred Karger for President campaign (@fredkarger).

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