Tea Party group rescinds invite to birther Orly Taitz
Even at Tea Party rallies, there’s no place for Orly Taitz.
A member group of a movement known largely for its anger and vitriol toward the Democratic establishment has rescinded an invitation to the attorney refuting President Obama’s legitimacy.
The group organizing the Tax Day Tea Party in Pleasanton, California Thursday admitted to the Los Angeles Times that it was “getting calls from candidates like crazy,” who were presumably concerned about being affiliated with Taitz.
“It’s not worth it,” said Bridget Melson, the Pleasanton Tea Party’s founder and president. “She’s too controversial. This is not what the Tea Party is about at this point.”
The event is scheduled to include appearances from Republican senate hopefuls Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore, both of whom are vying to take Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Both have rebuked Taitz’s denial of Obama’s US citizenship.
While Melson observed that Taitz was “controversial,” nowhere has she appeared to condemn the “birther” attorney’s efforts to disqualify Obama on the purported grounds that he isn’t a natural-born citizen.
The LA Times adds that candidate John Dennis, a Republican hoping to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, refused to share the stage with Taitz.
Taitz has made the media rounds spreading her message for over a year, and though she has earned a small cult following for her legal efforts, judges have consistently dismissed her lawsuits against Obama’s right to be president as frivolous.
A copy of the president’s birth certificate has been released to the public, and sources across the board have verified it as authentic.
Even some prominent conservative commentators believe her lawsuits don’t have a leg to stand on. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly last November called her a “nut” — a term he usually reserves for his liberal foes.