Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2010

Statehouse Live: Newspaper takes back endorsement after candidate question’s president’s citizenship

July 22, 2010


— The Hutchinson News editorial board has withdrawn its endorsement of Tracey Mann in the Republican primary for 1st U.S. House District after Mann questioned the citizenship of President Barack Obama.

Mann said Tuesday on a Salina radio show that he thinks the president “needs to come forth with his papers and show everyone that he is an American citizen and put this issue to bed once and for all.”

So-called birthers have challenged Obama's standing as president by alleging that he was not born in the United States.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed the president's citizenship, and his Hawaiian birth certificate has been made public, along with newspaper birth notices published when he was born in 1961.

Last year, a federal judge in Washington threw out a lawsuit on the issue, calling the case a waste of the court's time.

Mann is in a crowded GOP field in the Aug. 3 primary, which includes Jim Barnett, a doctor and state senator from Emporia; Sue Boldra, a political science educator from Hays; Marck Cobb, an attorney from Galva; Tim Huelskamp, a farmer and state senator from Fowler; and Rob Wasinger, a former political staffer from Cottonwood Falls.

The incumbent is U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, who faces U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, in the GOP primary for Senate.


blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Good to know we have another Kansas idiot in the pipeline. Good crop during the last couple of decades.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 10 months ago

I dare Tracey Mann, assuming he was born in Kansas, to come forth with "his papers".

So should the Hutchinson News. If Mann is serious about his comment, he should put his money where his mouth is and produce something other than a certified copy.

kusp8 7 years, 10 months ago

Good call...I'm not sure I could come forth with "my papers" if I was pressed to do so. Guess I better not run for President.

maybeso 7 years, 10 months ago

I call apostrophe abuse! "candidate question’s president’s citizenship" Please proofread, I beg you.

Soup2Nuts 7 years, 10 months ago

maybeso is right. There should not be an apostrophe in the word "question's"

ivalueamerica 7 years, 10 months ago

Tom, what was it again you said about the quality of black people and the quality of Mexican people the other day?

And you think anyone would take you seriosly?

rorik23 7 years, 10 months ago

What in the article isn't strictly fact?

texburgh 7 years, 10 months ago

Tom, this is the dopiest post you've ever put up here. I can see why you think Rothschild has a Dem leaning. But when he posts a story of simple facts to jump up and say he wouldn't have reported it if it were a Dem is just stupid. Rothchild is just as good at calling out Dem nonsense as he is Rep nonsense. It's just that in Kansas, there is more Rep nonsense (like the dope reported on in this article) than Dem nonsense.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Just got the news that Charlie Rangel's been formally charged. Compared with all of the fraud, dishonesty, and corruption he's perpetrated and previously gotten away with as a member of the House of Representatives over many years, for a House candidate from Kansas simply to suggest that Obama should come forth with an original birth certificate is pretty harmless. It's called free speech, you know. The Hutch News needs to chill out.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 10 months ago

Free speech?

Laughable. The guy is running for Congress, a paper in the district is calling him out for his views conflicting with reality. They aren't telling him he can't say it or thinking, they're simply pointing out he is a fool and won't be getting their endorsement.

Free speech, that's rich. Show us your papers.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Actually, Bob, I have my original birth certificate. It's in my safe deposit box at the bank. Why doesn't Barack have his? Does Michelle have one? I'll bet she does, or at least used to before it became an issue for her hubby. You know something? I'll bet even Charlie Rangel has his.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, well - Defenseless has crawled out of her hole again. Sorry about your birth certificate. Do you think that Barack might have at least said, as you have, that his birth certificate burned up in a house fire? Or that the dog ate it? Instead, he's offered no explanation, and refuses to discuss it. One can, of course, draw the legitimate inference that his mother lost it, since she was terminally irresponsible, married two big-time jerks in a row, and moved around a lot. Actually, what I'd really like to see is Michelle's Princeton Senior Thesis, which is probably located in the same kind of place that the Lost Ark is at the end of the movie. Princeton would never destroy it, but you can bet your bippy that no one will ever see it as long as either of the Obamas has a political career.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 10 months ago

Sorry Cato. The Privacy Act of 1974 sealed all academic records from grade school on. Princeton has nothing to do with it. They're following the law. The only way they can be accessed is by the person those records belong to and under their signature (some institutions require a notarized signature). Nothing legal hinges on those documents being made public. Whether you agree or not, the First Lady deserves the same basic rights to privacy that you enjoy. If she doesn't want her academic records made public I guess you're just SOL.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Cait48, I've forgotten more about the Buckley Amendment than you'll ever know. I never said that it was Princeton's decision, although I would reiterate that it will always specially guard her thesis to the hilt - just as the University of Chicago Law School lied to protect Obama's earlier lie that he had been a law "professor" there when he had been only a visiting lecturer, as all lawyers in his position have traditionally been. (If you doubt me, just look into on the stone wall of frustration that Hillary's supporters ran into on that subject during the 2008 primary campaign.) At the end of the day, the fact that Ms. Obama won't agree to release her thesis when there has been so much reporting and controversy over it speaks for itself. It would undoubtedly be a bombshell.

Alia Ahmed 7 years, 10 months ago

It seems the Hutchinson News is exercising its free speech by withdrawing the endorsement.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

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Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 10 months ago

Prove it, cato_the_faker

Plenty of sites allow you to post documents online.

Show us your papers.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 10 months ago

Already stated so I'm just adding my voice. No one is denying Mann his right to free speech, least of all the Hutchinson News. But the newspaper has just as much right to withdraw it's endorsement if the candidate pops out with something with which the paper disagrees.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Apparently, someone is mighty touchy about the non-gender-specific nature of the name "Tracey."

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

Aliens built the pyramids too; this needs to be checked out; where is the paperwork for this?

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