March 29, 2012
PHOENIX – Arizona’s state legislature is currently pushing through a “Candidate Certification Bill” which will directly address the issue of President Obama’s eligibility to hold elected federal office, and ultimately determine his place on the state election ballot come November.
But there exists an effort underway behinds the scenes, which threatens to stall – and eventually kill the legislation.
The bill will require any candidate to sign an affidavit confirming their eligibility documentation, and would impose a penalty for perjury if they were later found to be ineligible.
The bill was presented at a press conference which took place on Tuesday inside the state’s historic capitol court room. Amidst an almost complete national media black-out on the issue, AZ Bill HB2480, spearheaded by State Representative Carl Seel(R), has since passed the Senate Government Reform Committee, but has become stuck in a senate committee.
In addition to members of the state legislature, the bill has received the full backing of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had assembled a Cold Case Posse some 6 months ago in order to investigate evidence that Barack Obama’s electronic birth certificate. The document was released last year by the White House and posted on their website in PDF form, but Arpaio’s own law enforcement investigation has so far concluded that the President’s document indicates both forgery and fraud. It was these very concerns which prompted Rep. Seel to draft this latest eligibility bill.
According to Seel, “It gives the average citizen the capacity… to challenge any candidate appearing on the Arizona ballot, whether they are properly qualified to be on the said ballot… and the capacity to preserve, defend and protect their Constitution.”
Despite the fact that the bill has the support of both the state’s house and senate, it’s still being held up by Senate President Steve Pierce (R) who has yet to clear the way for a floor debate on the bill.
Pierce claims that he will not clear the way for HB 2480 until Sen. Nancy Barto (R) who chairs the Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform, where the bill is assigned – and is currently being stalled, allows its passage through.
Dirty tricks behind the scenes?
According to Seel, the reason the bill has been stalled is because of a rather unreasonable request by Sen. Barto. In an unprecedented move, Sen. Barto has solicited from Rep. Seel a “laundry list” – a fully initialed, full list of names of all Arizona Senators who have committed to vote in support the controversial bill.
This request for a ‘laundry list’ flies in the face of the normal honor’s system practice, whereby law makers normally give their bond in the form of a verbal commitment for support of a bill.
Critics of this unorthodox move might rightly suspect that by possessing the names of each legislator beforehand, Sen. Barto – or perhaps another third party, could then get to each of the bills’ supporters before a vote reaches the floor – in order to change the natural outcome of a vote. If the bill was voted down in this way, it would effectively kill off any future attempts to revive such legislation.
Additionally, such an outcome would also take Arizona Governor Jan Brewer(R) out of this controversial spotlight, as she was the person who vetoed a nearly identical bill which was passed in April 2011 by the state legislature.
Brewer claimed in her veto letter that she was worried that the bill empowered Arizona’s secretary of state to judge the qualifications of not only President Obama, but all candidates who would file to run for office.
If the bill does not clear the Rules Committee by Monday is could very well die there.
As WND’s Jerome Corsi has already reported, there are other states who have mounted similar challenges to the President’s claim of eligibility for office, most notably efforts in Georgia.
“There exists virtually no mechanism in the U.S. for investigating whether or not a presidential candidate meets the Constitution’s Article 2, Section 1, “natural-born citizen” requirement.
Earlier, New Hampshire became the only state to successfully sign into law a bill clarifying eligibility requirements.
But New Hampshire’s H.B. 1245, signed by Democratic Gov. John Lynch, merely requires a statement under penalty of perjury that a candidate meets the qualification requirements of the U.S. Constitution, similar to what the political parties already send to states regarding their candidates.”
Sheriff Arpaio, who is still investigating the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate, expects to unearth additional new evidence over the coming weeks.
He adds, “This investigation is not going away. It is an ongoing investigation.”
Watch the March 27, 2011 press conference below: