Fred Karger is an openly gay man who knew he'd never get the Republican Party nomination for President but he said Friday (29 June) that he had 'the experience of a lifetime' trying.
Karger announced in an email to supporters that he was officially ending his two-and-a-half-year campaign which he labeled 'historic.' He hopes it will serve as an example to young people to reach for their dreams.
'I’ve made many new friends and undoubtedly picked up a few more detractors,' Karger says in the email. 'I hope and trust that my discussion of the key issues helped to open dialog on fixing the economy, balancing the federal budget, creating jobs, education reform, the environment, immigration reform, ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and fighting for full equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. We must move forward on these issues and many more.'
Karger spent $500,000 of his won money on his quixotic quest but was never allowed to participate in any of the GOP debates. He also failed to win a single delegate.
'It’s been one hell of a ride, and I want to thank the thousands of people across this country who volunteered, contributed, opened their homes, came to our events and cheered me on,' he writes.
Long before coming out publicly in 2006, Karger worked in politics for such Republicans as Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. After a break, he plans to fight for LGBT equality.