Birthers Now Target Romney. Sort Of.
A group of birthers are suing the state of California demanding the California secretary of state check the eligibility of Mitt Romney before he gains a spot on the November ballot. Gary Kreep, a lawyer representing the group who includes the Republican primary write-in candidate John Dummett Jr. clarified that the lawsuit was inspired in part by reports that Romney’s father was born in Mexico.
But the lawsuit doesn’t just target Romney and in many ways is an extension of earlier suits filed by the conspiracy group shortly after President Obama was inaugurated in 2009. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out that lawsuit in December, holding that none of the plaintiffs could show that they had been harmed by the Obama presidency and that any allegation of unfair competition posed by an ineligible candidate would need to be brought during an election.
Enter this latest lawsuit filed by Dummett, a candidate in this year’s presidential election.
Kreep, who heads a group calling itself the United States Justice Foundation, was also the attorney who brought the 2009 suit against Obama by the Rev. Wiley S. Drake, a Buena Park minister who once called on his First Southern Baptist Church flock to pray for Obama’s death.
Well, at least they’re consistent. If there’s even a hint of non-white authenticity these folks will challenge it proving once and for all that birtherism is simply a new incarnation of the same old tired racism that plagues this country.
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