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Gay Republican To File Complaint Against Conservative Union

Karger: “I am making history every day as the first openly gay candidate of a major political party to run for President of the United States.” American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, says they will review.

Minor Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger, who says he’s been denied a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference because he is openly gay, says he will file his promised complaint against the American Conservative Union, which hosts the conference, tomorrow morning with the D.C. Human Rights Commission.

The complaint, published above, details Karger’s difficulty in applying for a booth at CPAC, including how he filed his application so early that he qualified for an “early bird special” discount. Karger says that no one at CPAC responded to him.

“I was told that all applicants were screened by a committee to make sure that the applicants for exhibitor booths were in keeping with the ‘values of CPAC,’ and that I would hear back within one week,” Karger writes in the complaint. He did not hear back.

Karger is a former Reagan aide who has worked on multiple presidential campaigns, though he’s never held office himself.

CPAC has not directly addressed Karger’s allegations. Spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told BuzzFeed Tuesday that “We have not been notified of any official complaint, but will certainly review anything filed.”

Read the full complaint here:

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