Karger: Ditch OJ for grapefruit
November 2nd, 2011
05:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Karger: Ditch OJ for grapefruit

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – Long-shot presidential candidate Fred Karger is trying to spur a new taste sensation with a political twist: Grapefruit juice.

The candidate is asking people to join him in boycotting Florida orange juice, and suggests switching to grapefruit instead.

Karger's boycott is meant to pressure Florida to push back its primary into March. In violation of Republican National Committee rules, Florida moved its primary up to Jan. 28, which prompted other states to follow suit.

He objects to the accelerated primary schedule, which he said helps only the candidate leading in the polls.

"There's only one beneficiary of this: the front-runner," he said while campaigning in New Hampshire Wednesday, adding earlier voting disadvantaged lesser-known candidates. "We have less of a chance to meet the voters, tell our stories, raise money."

There is little evidence to suggest Karger's boycott is attracting a following, but that doesn't mean the gay rights activist isn't taking his chosen task seriously.

He has advice for protesters confused about whether their OJ is acceptable.

"You've got to read the label. Most are a mixture of Brazilian and Florida, so it's hard to tell," Karger said.

That's where grapefruit juice comes in. Karger said he's easily adjusted to the change.

His campaign has released a web video, which features Karger standing in an orange grove.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Fred Karger
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Saml

    Florida's early primary also benefits Florida and suburbanites, giving them a voice earlier in the campaign. Iowa and New Hampshire are less representative of the US population, perhaps they shouldn't be deciding who the front-runner should be.

    November 2, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Mr Karger might want to be cautious about recommending that folks switch to grapefruit juice from orange juice: It is well-known that people using statins (e.g., Lipitor) are instructed to NOT take grapfruit juice, since the interactions can be deadly.

    November 2, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    I will continue to eat oranges – I don't care about how the Republicans are trying their best to "corrupt" the election!!! They move dates and they are pushing photo IDs that will disenfranchised a lot of voters – mainly minorities and senior citizens.

    So I will NOT join any boycott in behalf of the Republicans!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 2, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Not if you are on statins.

    November 2, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. kyle

    Stock in Grapefruit, huh!

    November 2, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |