Though Arizona’s Secretary of State says he’s not a birther, he sure sounds like one: “I’m not a birther; I believe the president was born in Hawaii — or at least I hope he was,” Ken Bennett said in a radio interview this week. Apparently, that’s why he asked Hawaii two months ago to provide “verification” that Barack Obama was born there. Hawaii’s response? Go verify yourself! From TPM:
In the weeks since then, Bennett said, Hawaii officials have forced him to provide proof that he is who he says he is. They asked him to send them copies of the Arizona laws that prove the secretary of state really is the person in charge of handling the ballots. Admittedly, Bennett said they told him they were “tired of all the requests.” But he is continuing anyway.
Looks like someone in Hawaii has a sense of humor. Seriously though, while Bennett claims he’s not playing to birthers, it’s hard to see why Bennett would waste his time, not to mention taxpayers’ money, on these theatrics if he wasn’t using the opportunity to build his support up ahead of the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial election in which he’s expected to compete. The birther issue is a popular one there.
Read Nick Gillespie’s take on the latest fodder for the birthers, the Obama bio from his literary agency that mistakenly said he was born in Kenya.