I ended up installing the fedora 5 version of gksu libgksu and libgksuui and they all installed without errors but when I try to run gksu it says
Failed to run gedit as user root:
The gksu-run-helper command was not found or is not executable.
If I run gksudo it says
sudo: sorry, you must have a tty to run sudo
Though I can run graphical apps fine when run in terminal.
gksuexec doesn't do what I'm looking for.