Conspiracy Theorist Congressman Ripe for Challenge

The nuttiest of the far-right fringe has a new conspiracy theory cause: Asserting, without any base in fact or law, that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and is thus ineligible for the Presidency. Until now, however, the insanity had been limited to a statehouse and a federal district court, where a lawsuit was ignominiously swatted down. Until now.

Rep. Bill Posey, a freshman Republican from Florida, introduced a bill yesterday mirroring proposed state legislation in Missouri and elsewhere that stems from fringe doubts about Obama's eligibility for office.

The full bill text isn't yet available, and Posey's spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but here's a summary:

H.R. 1503. A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution; to the Committee on House Administration.

The introduction of this ridiculous and frankly shameful piece of legislation should put Bill Posey squarely in the sights of House Democrats for 2010. The district Posey represents, Florida's 15th, is only marginally Republican, with a historical R+4 PVI rating. In 2008, John McCain carried the district -- though only by a narrow 51 percent to 48 percent margin. That fall, Posey received just 53 percent of the vote in what was his first successful congressional run, despite the fact that he outspent his relatively unknown Democratic challenger by close to a 9-to-1 margin.

Clearly, Posey is not entrenched, and his district isn't overwhelmingly Republican. So the fact that he is allying himself with a fringe that reporters are comparing to the conspiracy theorists who believed that Bill Clinton was involved in Vince Foster's death or that George W. Bush was in some way involved in 9/11 makes him highly vulnerable and ripe for a challenge in 2010.

Tags: birthers, FL-15, Florida, House 2010, House Republicans (all tags)

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Re: Conspiracy Theorist Congressman Ripe for Chall

Gotta love that right wing fringe.

comic strip

by MtnFrost 2009-03-13 10:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Conspiracy Theorist Congressman Ripe

LoL.  It won't even make it to the house floor.  I'm not even sure it's Constitutional.

What I'm sure we'll see is at least one state pass an initiative or law requiring Presidential candidates to submit their credentials to the SoS before they can be listed on the ballot.  That I'm sure we'll see before 2012, putting the entire "question" to rest.

There's no credible doubt that Obama was eligible for the Presidency, but I'd laugh my ass off if he turned out not to be, regardless of affiliation, policy, etc.

by SuperCameron 2009-03-13 11:48AM | 0 recs
Must be something about the water down there....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/2009031 3/pl_politico/30621;_ylt=AtW90gAV1zk8J0z IbCTjylKyFz4D

Posey looks like a lightwieight. Check out this glorious piece of work:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronda_Storm s

Thurman also went after a State Senator, Rhonda Storms, who went after Obama yesterday.
Yesterday, State Senator Rhonda Storms refused to acknowledge the fact that President Obama is the President during a hearing in the State Senate. Senator Storms repeatedly called Obama, "Senator Obama," "Candidate Obama," then she called him "The Messiah."

Bunch of ugly crackers down there in Florida, that gene pool has got some real jewels in it.

by WashStateBlue 2009-03-13 02:51PM | 0 recs

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