New Hampshire Republicans again challenge Obama’s citizenship

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 14:20 EDT
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The made-up scandal that just won’t quit is back, with a vengeance.

A group of Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire asked the state’s attorney general on Tuesday to launch an investigation into President Barack Obama’s citizenship, The Associated Press reported.

The effort was being staged in hopes that they may be able to knock Obama’s name off the New Hampshire primary ballot.

The group, led by state Rep. Laurence Rappaport (R), has not been told whether the investigation will proceed. Rappaport has long been attached to the so-called “birthers” in New Hampshire, and he helped former dentist Orly Taitz pursue a “birther” complaint with the state’s Ballot Law Commission in November.

Other Republicans who helped Taitz, who’s been repeatedly rebuked by the courts, included Republican state Reps. Harry Accornero, Lucien Vita and Carol Vita.

All of them have alleged that the long-form birth certificate presented by the White House last April was a forgery, but the Ballot Law Commission rejected their claims.

“There’s sufficient controversy that I want it investigated,” Rappaport said in November, according to The Concord Monitor. “Every time this is brought up… we get a lot of flak, but we’ve never gotten an answer.”

President Obama released his birth certificate long before running for office. After challenges to its authenticity became popular among prominent Republicans, he publicly shamed them and released the original document, pulled from the state of Hawaii’s archives.

The president’s citizenship has been attested to by Hawaii officials, and newspapers published in Honolulu in 1961 bear record of the family’s birth announcement.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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