Fred Karger, the Californians Against Hate founder that’s been all up the National Organization for Marriage’s butt, is running for president. As a gay Republican. Not sure if he’s lined up the Log Cabins’ endorsement yet, but one person he won’t be getting a jock nod from is Steve Scheffler, a Iowan RNC committee member.
“You and the radical homosexual community want to harass supporters of REAL marriage,” Scheffler wrote in an e-mail to Karger, who released the message. “I will work overtime to help ensure that your political aspirations are aborted right here in Iowa.” And he wrote it on his BlackBerry, so you know it was punched out in haste.
(Says Karger: “I certainly think he owes me an apology.”)
But if Karger is serious about this presidential campaigning stuff, he must realize: this is only the beginning. While the attacks from other conservatives over his stance — on gay issues and otherwise — may not be as blatant as Scheffler’s, they will be coming.
And it won’t just be fellow Republicans coming for Karger’s carotid; plenty of gay Americans who, despite thinking fondly of Karger’s activist group and his fight with NOM, just don’t see how a conservative person can ever truly represent their ideals.