Gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger announced Thursday that he is ending his run for the White House.
"We are folding up our big tent and ending our historic campaign for president," he said in an email. "Thanks to all who supported this undertaking. I am forever grateful."
Karger, 62, said this will not be the last that Lagunans see of him in politics. He plans to be involved in politics and civil rights during his retirement, drawing on his years of experience as a political consultant for the Dolphin Group.
The Laguna Beach resident remarked that he ran the longest campaign of the election cycle, beginning in December 2009 and wrapping up at this week's Utah primary.
Last month, the Coastline Pilot interviewed Karger about his goals as the first gay candidate in “Fred Karger: A man with a mission.”