Arizona GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey Says He's Not a "Birther," but Obama's Birth Certificate Doesn't Seem Real
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's joke of an "investigation" into President Obama's birth certificate is still an issue.
Now, even after President Obama's re-election, Arizona Republican Party chairman Tom Morrissey -- who insists he's not a "birther" -- says he does not believe the president's birth certificate is authentic.
In the meeting in which Arizona's 11 electors cast their votes for Mitt Romney, the Associated Press came back with a report that three of those electors went "birther."
According to that report, Morrissey and two others "spoke up during the ceremony to voice doubts about Obama's eligibility as a native-born U.S. citizen."
Naturally, 550 KFYI's Mike Broomhead invited Morrissey on the show for a shot at damage control.
Broomhead's first question for Morrissey: Are you a birther?
"No," responded Morrissey, before explaining his beliefs about the president's birth certificate -- which sound an awful lot like "birther" theories.
"In my opinion, what I have seen from the president, produced as a birth certificate, does not convince me that it is a real document," Morrissey said.
Morrissey -- who noted his "law enforcement background" and his status as a "concerned American" -- went on to explain that he didn't think the president had produced a "true document," and the president's birth certificate "doesn't ring with [him]."
If that's not "birther" talk, we really don't know what is.
Broomhead said that he saw the original report in the newspaper, and thought that Morrissey's comments had somehow been taken out of context. He seemed kind of disappointed when Morrissey confirmed that it hadn't.
Morrissey did claim that he was "not saying it representing the Arizona Republican Party," which makes no sense on its face, but consider that the only reason Morrissey had this platform as a presidential elector was because he's the state GOP chairman.
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