Arizona Backs Off Birtherism, Kinda Sorta

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett backed off his threat to keep the president off the November ballot because of concerns President Obama was not a natural born citizen.

He also apologized for embarrassing the state by launching yet another conspiracy theory fueled investigation at taxpayer expense. “If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent,” Bennett said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR. “He’ll be on the ballot as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has.”

As Talking Points Memo reports, Bennett didn’t quite let the birtherism die though. He said he still intends to continue to ask Hawaii for verification that the birth certificate is authentic. Given the awesome response by the attorneys general in Hawaii, we can only hope that’s the case.

But it’s a fine point for Bennett to walk. He’s made it clear he has additional political ambitions, which means this is very likely simple pandering to the paranoid base of the Arizona Republican party. Assuming that is all that it is though, what does it say about the state’s Republican leadership that they are unwilling to stand up to these kind of wasteful and ridiculously racist demands?

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LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

Don H.
Don H.3 years ago

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has demonstrated that he is unfit for office.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton3 years ago

AZ can kiss the blackest part of my ...... They are NUTS!

Michael M.
Michael M.3 years ago

Arizona! The New Flori-Duh!

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Arizona is being destroyed by the lillegals and Obama will not help them to combat the influx, all he has done is sued the State so the people of Arizona has to lay out an extra billion or so each year to feed the illegal.

If we had an honest government it would be finishing the fence and utilizing the electronic survalence along the border.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

It is a little tiresome to keep hearing that there was not hoop-al do regarding the birth of John McCain. We all know that he was dragged before the US Senate to jusify his birth place, why not Obama? A little black favoritism? I hope not, I hope it was just the DNC trying to throw a smoke screen up to clear Obama's lack of.

Philip Amos
Philip Amos3 years ago

One thing that amazes me is that the Republicans, 'constructionists' to an idiot, trample underfoot the Constitution, its amendments, and statutes critical to the American system of governance rampantly. They know what they're do, of course, but the halfwits who go for their drivel don't. How many times does it have to be said that Pres. Obama had an American parent, and thus he is eligible to run for office regardless of where he was born. Of course they know this, otherwise they'd be trying to prove that his mother was not American, and to do that is nigh on impossible even if they themselves manufacture phony certificates showing she was actually Mongolian.

june t.
june t.3 years ago

Robin B - what page # in the book are you referring to regarding where Obama supposedly wrote where he was born?

Beth K.
.3 years ago

Because you can't spell crazy, with an AZ