Friday, May 18, 2012

Bennett bows to pressure from Tea Party ‘birther’ movement

Secretary of State announces he is considering keeping Obama off the Arizona ballot

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett bows to pressure from the Tea Party “birther” movement and warns that he may keep President Barack Obama off Arizona’s ballot.

“This is just blatant political pandering,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), said. “He is jeopardizing the integrity of our election system to appease a fringe movement.”

Bennett, who established an exploratory committee for the 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race, is joining the ranks of Tea Party “birthers.” In a recent radio interview, he admitted that he is considering keeping Obama off the Arizona ballot.

Bennett said that he has asked Hawaiian officials to verify the information in Obama’s birth certificate after being pressured by members of the “birther” movement. If he does not get the response from Hawaiian officials he wants, he said it is possible Obama will not be included on the Arizona ballot. The White House released a copy of the birth certificate last year and it remains on the White House website.

“The ‘birther’ movement has been resoundingly discredited time and time again. We’ve seen the president’s birth certificate. There is no controversy. This is all part of an extremist Tea Party agenda that distracts from what we should all be focused on, creating jobs and improving education,” Campbell said. “If this is how Mr. Bennett defines leadership, he is going to be in for a rude awakening in his future political pursuits. The people of Arizona want leaders who are focused on the real issues facing everyday Arizonans, not crackpot conspiracy theories. Arizonans deserve better.”

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