Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has asked government officials in Hawaii to verify that Barack Obama was born in the island state for the president's name to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Bennett, who is exploring a 2014 gubernatorial run, told The Republic on Friday that he made the request on behalf of a constituent who was unable to make the request himself. Bennett said Hawaii statute provides for out-of-state government officials to request such information, but prohibits residents from obtaining it.
Bennett, who is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Arizona campaign co-chairman, asked that Hawaii officials provide "verification" of Obama's birth in lieu of a certified copy of the president's birth certificate.
Bennett is "exploring" a run for governor in 2014 (Jan Brewer will be termed out as governor and Bennett will be termed out as SOS).
Looks like he has learned the lesson from Brewer's 2010 campaign. Bennett may not have an "SB1070" up his sleeve to use to clear the GOP field for him, but a little birther-motivated election rigging should go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.
Yes, it's election-rigging. What else can it be called when one candidate's campaign co-chair abuses his position of public trust to try to knock his candidate's opponent off of the ballot?
If this doesn't work well enough, maybe Bennett can see a UFO or become a 9-11 "truther". That should get him the votes of former governor Fife Symington and former state senate Karen Johnson.
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