hat tip to Bill Van Allen
Kansas panel delays ballot decision on Obama
Kobach seeks Democrat’s birth records from Hawaii
Posted: September 13, 2012 – 5:57pm
ANN WILLIAMSON/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
Attorney General Derek Schmidt, left, and Secretary of State Kris Kobach
listen to Joe Montgomery as he states his objections to President Barack
Obama being on the ballot in Kansas during the State Objection Board meeting
at Memorial Hall in Topeka.=
?Video: One man’s case for keeping the President off Kansas ballot
By Tim Carpenter
Three of the state’s top elected Republicans on Thursday determined they
lacked sufficient evidence of President Barack Obama’s birth records to
decide whether to remove the Democratic nominee from the November ballot in
The State Objections Board comprised of Secretary of State Kris Kobach,
Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer postponed until
Monday action on a complaint filed by a Manhattan resident pending review of
a copy of Obama’s birth certificate from Hawaii.
“I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection,” Kobach said. “I do think the
factual record could be supplemented.”
Requests were to be sent to officials in Hawaii, Arizona and Mississippi in
an attempt to secure copies of the president’s birth records. Obama released
a copy of his birth certificate last year, but detractors persist in
advancing “birther” arguments that the Democrat lacked standing.
Removal of Obama’s name in Kansas – a state certain to side with Republican
presidential nominee Mitt Romney – would be strange given the president’s
mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn
Dunham, were Kansas natives.
“My Kansas roots run deep,” Obama said during a trip to Osawatomie in
Joe Montgomery, who filed the ballot challenge with the all-Republican
panel, said the president’s father held British and Kenyan citizenship,
making Obama ineligible to run for the nation’s highest office.
Montgomery pointed to a handful of U.S. Supreme Court cases to support his
claim a presidential candidate must be a “natural born citizen” from two
“As for Mr. Obama’s citizenship, there are many doubts,” he said. “Doing the
right thing can be hard and unpopular.”
A legal representative of Obama submitted a letter arguing the complaint had
No representative of the Kansas Democratic Party attended the hearing in a
Dakota Loomis, spokesman for the state Democratic Party, declined to answer
directly whether the complaint was justified. Instead, he criticized Gov.
Sam Brownback’s approval of a bill reducing state income taxes.
“We’re focusing on Kansas candidates and letting people know about
Brownback’s tax plan,” Loomis said.
Montgomery, who works at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State
University, said Obama hadn’t provided valid documentary evidence to
establish his birth in the United States.
In Montgomery’s written complaint, he declared “there is substantial
evidence showing that much of Mr. Obama’s alleged birth certificates have
been forged or doctored, and have not been confirmed as legally valid, true
Meanwhile, the state board decided Democrat Tom Sawyer could remain on
ballots in Wichita as a candidate for the Kansas House. Craig Gabel,
president of Kansans for Liberty and an advocate of Sawyer’s opponent in the
November election, said Sawyer misrepresented on state documents his actual
Gabel referred to the residence listed on Sawyer’s candidate filing records
as having been “abandoned.”
Sawyer said the home in question had been his address since 1993, and he was
standing in the residence while participating on a conference call with the
state board. He had spent considerable time the past few years caring for
his elderly mother after she suffered a stroke.
“This is the only house I’ve ever owned,” Sawyer said.
Kobach said the board interpreted state law on candidate residency to
require clear evidence with the burden of proof on the person filing a
complaint. He said candidates were required to reside at the listed
residence or demonstrate intent to return there in the future.
“I’ve been to Yellowstone once,” Gabel said in response, “but I’m not sure
I’m going to return.”
The panel also declared the Reform Party of Kansas had authority to place on
the state’s ballot Chuck Baldwin for president instead of the national
organization’s choice. In addition, the board approved a request to remove
presidential candidate Roseanne Barr from Kansas ballots.
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