Skip to comments.State representative joins group challenging Obama's citizenship
Posted on 02/12/2009 7:24:37 PM PST by Red Steel
NASHVILLE A Tennessee state legislator is apparently the first elected official to add his name as a plaintiff in a lawsuit by a fringe group challenging President Obamas U.S. citizenship and constitutional right to be president.
Rep. Eric Swafford, a Republican from Pikeville, used his official Tennessee House of Representatives stationery as a consent form agreeing to be one of the plaintiffs in a purported legal action to obtain original birth certificate, immigration records, passports and other vital records for Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Hussein Obama, the letter said.
Obamas citizenship became a point of discussion, mostly on far-right Internet blogs and forums, when he emerged as a serious presidential candidate more than a year ago -- and dismissed as baseless by legitimate organizations. But some fringe groups have continued pursuing the matter, claiming that Obama is constitutionally ineligible for the presidency.
The U.S. Supreme Court in December refused to hear an appeal of a lawsuit filed by a New Jersey man, and during the campaign last year, the Obama campaign posted on one of its Web sites a copy of his Hawaii birth certificate.
But one of the groups is touting on its Web site that Swafford is the first elected official to join its action and posted the consent form he sent under his legislative letterhead dated Feb. 9.
Swafford, 35, a conservative in his third term in the legislature, could not be reached immediately for comment, but Democratic colleagues said today the letter is an embarrassment to the state.
What is the mentality of these kinds of people that continuously make these kinds of goofy statements? said Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis. Its embarrassing. Were the joke of the nation, and they continue to make us the joke of the nation.
It makes you want to not even go up and serve in the House with them, Miller said
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said he asked Swafford on the House floor today to see his birth certificate.
Joining Representative Eric Swafford are Representatives Stacey Campfield, Glen Casada, and Frank Nicely in the suit against Obama.
Woo hoo we’ve been promoted to “fringe group”. Does thias mean we can man the barricades yet?
No agenda here, is there?
*fringe* groups question his citizenship, while *legitimate* groups dismiss it.
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What’s being made the joke is the Constitution.
They say that when they don’t look at the truth or are in denial.
What if we got a state legislature to vote to file suit on a resolution demanding Obama to show proof.
Isn’t there a state somewhere that has a republican legislature that also has balls.
Wouldn’t a STATE have standing to demand proof?
he should carry it with him expecting this..show it...and then say..why won’t Obama show his
It is not until US Congressmen and State Governers get involved in this matter that it will stand a chance of becoming a viable case.
So, what is it with Democrat politicians that they can't use their real name when running for office. IIRC, Clinton and Kerry aren't their real names either.
You would think so.
This isn’t going away.
>Whats being made the joke is the Constitution.
When do we hit the big red 2A “RESET” button?
Don’t you just love being “fringe”?
We can hope that the truth prevails and then true change will come but never makes it on the news. We are dismissed like step children. Still I hope
Hey Larry Miller, what ever happened with this?
Maybe we should write and ask the idiot?
This is like playing poker, and the guy takes all the chips, yet refuses to show his last card.
We need to flush him out. Just for the sake of honesty.
I thought we at least had a shot with Alan Keyes and we all saw that go south in a heartbeat.