Birther Madness Infects Connecticut Legislature

January 31, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—The blue state of Connecticut is not known for right-wing fringe groups spouting birther conspiracies. But nevertheless, the kooky birthers, who believe that President Obama is an illegal alien have a champion in State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R). The right-wing state lawmaker introduced a birther bill, requiring that presidential and vice presidential candidates must produce an original birth certificate to appear on the state’s ballot. The proposed bill would not accept certified copies of a candidate’s birth certificate. The Republican Party has really gone off the rails, if an offensive birther bill can gain traction in Connecticut.

The anti-Obama birther bill, entitled “An Act Concerning Qualifications to Appear as a Candidate for President or Vice President in This State,” was sponsored by McLachlan after he was persuaded by birther claims that Obama is not a natural born citizen.

‘”You have to have a birth certificate to get a driver’s license,” McLachlan said. “The same should be true to become president or vice president.”‘

“McLachlan submitted his proposal after hearing several arguments about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, he said.”

‘”They claim that he is not a natural-born citizen,”‘ McLachlan said.

The tea party lawmaker, who also sponsored a tenther-nullification bill, denies that he doubts President Obama was born in this country. McLachlan claims he is doing President Obama a favor by resolving any doubts about his citizenship.

Connecticut now joins Arizona and a handful of other states introducing birther bills, fueled by xenophobia and racism.


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