Mitt Romney’s Jewish rival stays in the race


I met Fred Karger a year or so ago at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas.

He is determinedly cheerful although mindful that he is not going to get the Republican nod for president.

As Tablet and others have reported, Karger — who is gay and Jewish — is set on moving his party toward embracing rights for gays.

Still, Karger has shown greater staying power than Mitt Romney’s other rivals.

He’s running ads embarrassing the putative nominee on cable news channels in California, ahead of next month’s primary.

Here, he likens himself to his former boss, Ronald Reagan, and Mitt Romney to PeeWee Herman — for allegedly caving to anti-gay activists by sidelining a gay spokesman.

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