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Utah GOP official’s wife calls gay candidate ‘wicked,’ ‘pathetic’

While kicking off his campaign in Utah, openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger was called “pathetic” and an “idiot” by the wife of Washington County Republican Party Chairman Willie Billings. She accused Karger of using his campaign to gain sexual partners. He did, however, receive a warm welcome from the chairman himself.

After a meeting with Billings, Karger gave him some campaign swag, including a Frisbee and a T-shirt. However, Billings’ wife, Nanette, threw them in the garbage and sent Karger an email calling him a “radical idiot” and saying she was glad he “cant procreate” [sic].

From: nanette Billings (email address removed)

Subject: running for president



Message Body:you are an idiot. You met with my husband Willie Billings today about you being on the Utah ballot. He brought your frisby, and tshirt home and it is now out in the trash. I never want to hear from such a radical idiot again. you think you are conseritave? conseritave means you beleive in the values of founding fathers and God. Do you know you cant procreate right? Well thank goodness for that. Nanette Billings



Nanette Billings
Nanette Billings, photo from Facebook

“My feeling is the only reason he’s running for president is to find more [sexual] partners,” Nanette Billings told Yahoo News. “All I did was go on his site and say, ‘You’re pathetic… We’re a very conservative state in Utah, very family-oriented. So he’s picked a state just to cause ruckus. He’s not thinking of family, he’s thinking of himself. He’s not running for president to fix something in the country—he’s thinking of his own personal agenda, period. And I was just letting him know that I think he’s an idiot to think of running.”

Billings also told the Los Angeles Times she “would never support him” because Karger cannot procreate, which she claims is “totally wicked.”

Karger called the email mean-spirited.

“It felt like a knife had been twisted in my stomach. Was it real? Was she serious?” he said. “We must stop this religion-based bigotry … We all need to work together toward mutual love, respect and equality for everyone in this great nation.”

Karger said that two years ago he was threatened by the head of the Iowa Christian Alliance, but “forged ahead” and hadn’t had a similar attack until this week.

“I am 62 years old and can take the hate better now, but for so many millions of LGBT Americans it takes a far greater toll,” he said.

Karger is one of two actively campaigning Republicans on the June 26 primary in Utah. He acknowledges that Romney has the nomination clinched, but said he’s staying in the race to raise awareness about issues, and he’s visiting Utah to campaign on behalf of his campaign and for queer rights.

“Thirty-six years ago, in 1978, the Mormon Church changed its policies and allowed blacks into the priesthood. I hope to meet with President Monson to discuss a similar change now,” Karger said. “I hope to find common ground and I know many people have been working very hard in Utah and around the world to affect that change and I would love to be a part of that.”

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16 Comments

  1. So Nanette Billings won't vote for him because he 'can't procreate' which is 'totally wicked'? I feel sorry for her children. What happened to voting for someone for what they are wanting to do for the country and its' people rather than their personal life?

    She's right about one thing, Utah is an incredible conservative state, but I think she's completely oblivious to the fact that SLC has one of the larger gay communities per capita in the entire country and our community keeps growing, fighting back for rights and are fed up with legal and federal treatment as less than human.

  2. Because practicing hatred and disgust makes one family-oriented, doesn't cause a ruckus, and is never self-serving. 😉

  3. Openly gay presidential candidate Fred Karger called wicked, pathetic, and idiotic by wife of Washington County Republican Party Chair. Wait 'til you see her spellin'.

  4. I don't understand the whole 'can't procreate' argument. Does that mean that an infertile woman isn't allowed to get married or be with someone? She can't have children naturally so is she wicked?

  5. The real reason people object to homosexuality is because of a few Bible verses that they interpret to mean that all homosexual acts are sins. They don't actually have a reason other than that — they just try to find ways to rationalize it, because they want to believe their religious beliefs are right.

  6. I know. That honestly makes me even more annoyed. If you want to hate a group of people because of some sort of outdated moral rubbish then say that. I may not agree with that opinion but that's fine. But this person is trying to justify bigotry by spewing something as asinine as "I don't like you because you can't have kids the 'natural' way". I have so much more respect for people with just say, "I don't agree with that lifestyle," and leave it at that.

  7. I don't think she meant it as "this is why I disapprove" — I think she was just being nasty

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