State Representative Judy Burges Proposes "Birther" Bill for Arizona
Representative Judy Burges is at it again.
The Skull Valley Republican, who's introduced such laughable legislation as the "I didn't pay enough fund," which asks taxpayers to donate money to the state to help Arizona out of it's current financial nightmare, has introduced a new bill that feeds the controversial fire about whether Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen.
Burges has introduced House Bill 2441, which would require a presidential candidate to prove his or her citizenship before being included on the ballot in Arizona.
We're not saying that wanting to prove a candidate is a naturally born American citizen -- as required by law to run for President of the United States -- is a bad thing. The problem, however, is that the move seems to be in direct response to the controversy over Obama's citizenship and the right-wing conspiracy theorist "birther" movement.
"Birthers" claim that Obama was born in Kenya and therefore not eligible to be president, despite several investigations into the legitimacy of his Hawaiian birth certificate.
We called Burges' office to find out if she herself was a "birther," but she hasn't gotten back to us.
One person speaking out about the move is Arizona's very own "Obama Girl," Representative Kyrsten Sinema.
Sinema tells the Arizona Capitol Times that the bill is "ridiculous and offensive."
Obama, she says, "clearly met the standards to run for president and hold office as president because the federal government installed him as president in January of last year. The question has been asked and answered."
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