There was a rumor floating around earlier this week that the Republicans had a backup plan to “save Arizona” if it looked like President Obama may win the state in November. Could this be it?
The Arizona Secretary of State is now entertaining the notion of keeping the president off the state’s ballot unless he can verify his birth certificate.
The man in charge of running Arizona’s elections has gone to the birthers. Secretary of State Ken Bennett now says he’s not convinced Barack Obama was really born in the United States and so he is threatening to keep the president off the ballot in November.
Bennett’s comments came in an interview late Thursday with conservative radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on Phoenix station KFYI.
Bennett said he was following the lead of the state’s eccentric Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fellow Republican who ordered an investigation into the president’s birth certificate last year and concluded the document released by the White House is a forgery. Bennett said he is now trying to get verification from state officials in Hawaii that the certificate is authentic.
If your secretary of state is “following the lead” of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I think you might have elected the wrong guy.
Joe Arpaio, who has been charged by the Department of Justice for, among other things, forcing female prisoners to sleep in their own menstrual blood, is hardly a role model for the Secretary of fucking State.
Bennett says he believes the president was born in Hawaii, or “so he hopes.” He just needs to make sure first. Wink. Nod.