Fred Karger labored in California's political vineyards for years, managing Republicans' campaigns for office, but made a national name for himself two years ago as a major player in the opposition to Proposition 8, the measure to outlaw same-sex marriage.
Karger, who focused on the Mormon church's role in Proposition 8's passage, now is setting his political sights higher by running for president as a gay rights advocate and has made numerous trips to the early 2012 primary and caucus states of New Hampshire and Iowa.
"New Hampshire's starting to feel like a second home," Karger says on his presidential campaign website. " I've just wrapped up my 8th trip to the Granite State, and it was a whirlwind."
The Des Moines Register, meanwhile, included Karger in its account of the early presidential hopefuls in that state, which will select convention delegates by caucus.
PHOTO CREDIT: Fred Karger at a federal courthouse in January 2010. Bryan Patrick, Sacramento Bee.