Can a Gay Man Be President?

Fred Karger is neck and neck with Newt Gingrich

Courtesy of Fred Karger

Ever since we first learned about Fred Karger, a gay Republican candidate for president, we have been keeping a close eye on him. Not only has he been challenging many of the other candidates on his ticket – and pushing for a spot in the debates where he could introduce the discussion of gay rights, the fiscal conservative has a reason to brag a bit – well, sorta. Polls suggest he’s tied with former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

“We’re almost there,” says Karger in a statement. “This is now the third poll in just the past couple of months where I am averaging a magic one percent. For a first-time candidate who has not raised million of dollars, I am ecstatic about the results. Now we just need to score two more polls and I will be standing on the stage in Ames, Iowa, next month with the other candidates.”

One percent may seem paltry next to other poll results for GOP frontrunners like Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, but if the polls go his way, he’s right in assuming he may be included in a televised debate as early as Aug. 11 on Fox News (Fox requites poll results for qualification).

Karger – who is a longtime political consultant who worked on both former President Ronald Reagan’s campaigns in 1980 and 1984, as well as campaigns for both former Presidents Ford and George H. W. Bush – actually came in ahead of former Governors Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer and is nearing former Governor Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.

“As the only independent Republican running, I look forward to getting away from the divisive issues and talking about the issues of concern to most Americans,” says Karger, “jobs first, education reform and getting out of Afghanistan and Iraq now. I have been at this for 18 months and all that work is beginning to translate into support.”

Four weeks ago, Karger was zero percent in the polls as far as party support.

Here’s Karger on The Rachel Maddow Show talking about Romney’s residential conundrum: