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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Kansas Considers Removing The President From Ballot After Birther Challenge

UPDATE: Joe Montgomery has withdrawn his objection, citing the public reation to his complaint.

 

Kansas Secretary of State and Mitt Romney adviser Kris Kobach is considering removing President Barack Obama from his state’s ballot in November, in response to the lingering conspiracy theory about Obama’s birth certificate.

The Kansas State Objections Board — which consists of Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Coyer — have delayed a decision on a complaint from a Kansas resident claiming that Obama is ineligible to run for president until Monday.

“There is substantial evidence showing that much of Mr. Obama’s alleged birth certificates have been forged or doctored, and have not been confirmed as legally valid, true and accurate,” the complaint reads, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

There is, of course, no serious evidence that Obama’s birth certificate has been forged — but that hasn’t stopped Kobach from seriously considering the challenge

“I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection,” Kobach told the Capital-Journal. “I do think the factual record could be supplemented.”

The board is now sending requests to officials in Hawaii, Arizona, and Mississippi to secure copies of President Obama’s birth records, and will reconvene on Monday to discuss the findings.

In addition to serving as Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach has advised Republican nominee Mitt Romney in both of his presidential runs. Kobach, a noted extremist on immigration issues, wrote Arizona and Alabama’s hardline anti-immigration laws, and also served as chief legal counsel to the Immigration Reform Law Institute. That is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. a hate group which, according to its founder, strives to preserve “a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.”

When Kobach endorsed Romney in January 2012, Romney gushed that “I’m so proud to earn Kris’s support.” After this latest embarrassment, one wonders if he still feels that way.

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