Gay GOP activist Fred Karger, as you may know, is considering a run for president. But he won't get a legitimate platform in Iowa if right-wing Christians have anything to say about it. The Iowa Christian Alliance is blocking him from a candidate's forum:
But Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa group, said Karger wasn't among the 15 potential candidates invited to attend because he only talks about one issue — gay rights. "We're inviting all potential candidates who are legitimate candidates," Scheffler told The Ballot Box. Karger "is not a legitimate candidate."
"That’s code for homophobia," said Karger, who worked as a consultant on the late Ronald Reagan's campaigns for governor and president. "I'm going to send him a letter and ask that I be included, and I'm going to look to the [Federal Election Commission] to see what the rules are."
It's not the first time Scheffler has opposed Karger. Last May he threatened, in an email, to sink Karger's campaign.
Said the email:
"You don’t care about transparency–you and the radical homosexual community want to harass supporters of REAL marriage. I am the Republican National Committeeman for Iowa. As a private citizen and knowing literally thousands of caucus goers, I will work overtime to help ensure that your political aspirations are aborted right here in Iowa. Have you studied our past caucuses–you have NO chance here in Iowa!"