Hawaii Turns Tables on Arizona Secretary of State’s Birther Requests
At this point, Nagamine turned the tables on Bennett’s office, demanding verification that they were qualified to seek verification of the president’s birth. “My client, the Department of Health, has forwarded your request for verification of President Obama’s birth record to me,” she wrote, “We need more information to substantiate that you are eligible to receive verification.”
Bennett huffily replied, “As the chief elections officer for the State of Arizona and pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes, sections 16-212, 16-301, 16-502, 16-507 and others, my office is tasked with quadrennially compiling a list of candidates for the Office of the President of the United States.” He asserted that his office is the one that is being overtaxed by requests for proof of the president’s citizenship, and that Nagamine’s refusal to follow his instructions, “will dramatically exacerbate an already untenable situation.”
Nagamine’s response on Saturday, May 19 was to again request verification of Bennett’s legitimacy to receive the information, and to point out that the statues of Arizona law he directed her to in his email were not in fact germane to the discussion, but rather pertain to “election of presidential electors, nomination of candidates for printing on official ballot of general or special election, form and contents of ballot, and presentation of presidential candidates on ballot.”
She concluded that “none, as far as I can tell, establish the authority of the Secretary of State to maintain and update official lists of persons in the ordinary course of his activities. If I have missed something, please let me know. My client stands willing to provide you with the verification you seek as soon as you are able to show that you are entitled to it.”
It’s a scary to think there are THAT many birthers out there to whom this kind of crap is appealing. Don’t Sheriff Joe’s tax payers have a problem footing the bill for deputies to be sent to Hawaii?