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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