Interesting that the court ruled, since House told us that he had withdrawn his complaint.
A Franklin County judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to have President Barack Obama removed from the ballot in Kentucky.
In dismissing the suit, Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that Congress, and not he, is empowered under the U.S. Constitution to rule whether Obama is a “natural born citizen,” which is required of people elected president.
“This court trusts that the members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are qualified to adjudicate any objections regarding an allegedly unqualified candidate,” Wingate wrote in the two-page ruling.
Louisville anesthesiologist Todd House filed suit claiming that Obama isn’t qualified to run for president because Obama’s father was not an American citizen and because, he claims, Obama was born in Kenya.
Obama’s father was not a U.S. citizen. Officials in Hawaii have said that Obama was born in that state.
Obama, the Democratic National Committee and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes asked that the case be dismissed because they claimed Franklin Circuit Court had no authority to rule in the case.
Jaret Hill, a lawyer hired to represent House after the suit was filed, also asked that the case be dismissed because, he said, the case should have been filed in federal court.
Hill said House has not asked him to refile the case in U.S. District Court but couldn’t rule out that possibility.
Reporter Joseph Gerth can be reached at (502) 582-4702. Follow his updates on Twitter @joe_gerth.
10-5-12 email exchange with Todd House:
From: Todd House
To: microcapmaven <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 10:02 am
Subject: Re: case
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