In Fred Karger's Presidential Run, GOP Stands for Gay Old Party

The OC resident and onetime Republican hatchet man hopes his quixotic campaign can push his party to become more gay-friendly

"We need to stand up and be proud in a tough atmosphere," he says. "There's a lot of hostility out there."

In typical Karger fashion, he cracks a warm smile and adds, "We have to work hard for our dreams, but I'm so excited!"


Laguna Beach resident Fred Karger doesn't mind self-deprecation in his march to become the first openly gay U.S. president
Mark Graham
Laguna Beach resident Fred Karger doesn't mind self-deprecation in his march to become the first openly gay U.S. president
The candidate catches a Frisbee toss from a reporter in a Dallas hotel
Mark Graham
The candidate catches a Frisbee toss from a reporter in a Dallas hotel

This article appeared in print as "Gay Old Party? OC's own Fred Karger, a onetime Republican hatchet man, is out of the closet and on the campaign trail for president."

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