Des Moines, Ia. —
Fred Karger, a gay Republican candidate for President, is being excluded from a March debate because the organizers don't consider him "legitimate."
Fifteen candidates have been invited to the March 7 event, which is sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance.
ICA president Steve Scheffler told The Hill
that Karger was excluded because he talks about "only one issue: gay rights."
"We're inviting all potential candidates who are legitimate candidates. [Karger] is not a legitimate candidate," Scheffler said.
In fact, on Karger's website,
you can find articles in which he describes himself as a "moderate Republican" and mentions at least two other issues that are close to his heart: medical marijuana and "sensible gun control regulations."
Karger started running ads in Iowa late last year.