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Campbell to Bennett: resign Romney post

In this Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 file photo, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett speaks during an event in Casa Grande, Ariz. Bennett said Wednesday that Hawaii's verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements and that the president will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall. Skeptics had pushed for verification and eventually Bennett announced he would seek further verification, even saying he was prepared to leave Obama's name off the state's ballot in November. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

The minority leader of the Arizona House has called on Secretary of State Ken Bennett to resign as the Arizona co-chairman of Mitt Romney‘s campaign after Bennett questioned the validity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Democrat Chad Campbell says Wednesday that it’s inappropriate for the state’s top elections officer to publicly support one candidate when trying to keep another off the ballot.

Matthew Roberts, a spokesman for Bennett’s office, declined to comment.

Campbell also says Bennett should resign as secretary of state if he fails to quit the Romney post.

Hawaii sent Bennett’s office a document on Tuesday saying the Aloha State had verified the information on Obama’s birth certificate.

Bennett says he is satisfied with Hawaii’s verification and has closed his inquiry into the president’s birth information.

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4 comments

  1. Ken Bennett resign from your position of power as Arizona’s Secretary of State, which you used to further your position as the Arizona co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign. We see your actions as abuse of power.

  2. Ken Bennett should either put up or shut-up (or is he Alfalfa from the Little Rascals).

    Lets be clear none of these Birther dullards have taken there “Birther Documents of facts, mor like lies” and won a case in the “U.S. Courts”, maybe in their simple minds (if they have any) but not in our “U.S. Courts”, so unless Birthers/ teabaggers, whatever you want to be called, win a court case, we will continue to see as dullards, liars or racist or maybe all three. Deal with that baby!

    And enjoy voting for the Mitt, the first “Republican Anchor Baby”! Too Funny

  3. The reason that he should resign is not that he questioned Obama’s place of birth. It is because he failed to question Romney’s place of birth. In contrast with Obama, Romney has not shown his birth certificate. In order to check Romney’s place of birth as thoroughly as he checked Obama’s place of birth Bennett has to demand that Romney publish his birth certificate, and then call up Michigan and demand that it confirm the facts on Romney’s birth certificate.

    There is of course a continuing logical problem. It obviously would not be fair for him to conclude that Romney was indeed born in Michigan from the fact presented to him while remaining the co-chair of Romney’s campaign. So Bennett is in a bind. If he does not check Romney’s place of birth he has not fulfilled the duty that he has asserted that he must fulfill, checking on the place of birth of the candidates, and if he does check Romney’s place of birth while remaining co-chair he cannot reach a fair conclusion on the matter.

    Poor Bennett.

  4. Update to the above:

    Today, apparently, Mitt Romney had his campaign release his birth certificate, and guess what, it is a computer-generated short-form birth certificate.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-usa-campaign-romney-birth-certificatebre84s1gf-20120529,0,5483593.story

    It does not have the name of the hospital or the delivery doctor or any signatures from the doctor or the mother. The image of the document provided does not show the color of the security paper or an embossed seal, and there is a clear “void” on the document. What is Romney hiding?

    Do you think that there will be “experts” who will claim that Romney’s birth certificate is forged, and public figures like Trump who claim that Romney was born outside the USA and who go on news shows and repeat and repeat their claims?

    How about a Secretary of State of a state calling up Michigan and asking them to confirm that they have Romney’s birth certificate and that the facts on it are accurate?

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