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Manhattan man drops challenge to Obama on state ballot

September 14, 2012, 2:15 p.m. Updated September 14, 2012, 4:19 p.m.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, center, questions Joe Montgomery, lower right, a Manhattan, Kan., resident, during a meeting of the State Objections Board, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Topeka, Kan. The board includes Kobach and, behind him, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and is reviewing Montgomery's objection to the state listing President Barack Obama on its November election ballot.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, center, questions Joe Montgomery, lower right, a Manhattan, Kan., resident, during a meeting of the State Objections Board, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Topeka, Kan. The board includes Kobach and, behind him, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and is reviewing Montgomery's objection to the state listing President Barack Obama on its November election ballot.

— A Kansas man said Friday that he's dropping his objection to President Barack Obama being listed on the state's November ballot, a day after top officials delayed a decision on his challenge and said they wanted to gather additional information.

Joe Montgomery, a 51-year-old Manhattan resident, told the Kansas secretary of state's office in an email that he and those around him faced "animosity and intimidation" over his objection to Obama's candidacy for re-election. Montgomery argues that Obama is not eligible to serve as president and questions whether Obama has a valid birth certificate.

The notion that Obama was born anywhere other than in Hawaii has long been discredited, and the White House released his long-form birth certificate last year. Hawaii officials also have repeatedly confirmed his citizenship. His mother was a Kansas native.

The State Objections Board reviewed Montgomery's objection Thursday to the president's candidacy but postponed a decision so the secretary of state's office could obtain documents authenticating a copy of Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii that's available online. Secretary of State Kris Kobach serves as the board's chairman.

"There has been a great deal of animosity and intimidation directed not only at me, but at people around me, Montgomery wrote in his email, adding that he doesn't want to burden personal and professional associates with "more of this negative reaction."

Montgomery's plans to drop his challenge were first reported by the Manhattan Mercury. The Objections Board would be the final word on whether Obama appears on the ballot as the Democratic Party's nominee, absent a court challenge. Kobach and its other members, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, are all Republicans, and Montgomery is a registered Republican, according the secretary of state's office.

Kobach said the board still will meet Monday to formally close the case and add whatever additional information is available to the record.

"There's no possibility of Obama's name coming off the ballot when there's no objection," Kobach said.

Montgomery not only questions the validity of Obama's birth certificate but also argues that he wouldn't be eligible to serve as president anyway because his father was from Kenya. That's another argument circulating on the Internet and among members of the so-called "birther" movement.

He did not immediately return a telephone message or email seeking further comment Friday.

Montgomery declined Thursday to disclose his employer, saying he'd filed the objection as a private citizen. But Kansas State University confirmed Friday that he works as the communications coordinator for its College of Veterinary Medicine, a position financed privately through its nonprofit, fundraising arm, the Kansas State University Foundation.

Jeff Morris, the university's vice president for communications and marketing, said that Montgomery is acting as a private citizen, and the university respects his free speech rights.

"We have people on campus with lots of different political views," he said.

Kobach and the other board members faced criticism for delaying a decision to reject Montgomery's objection. Kansas Democrats labeled it frivolous, and an attorney for Obama's campaign said in a letter that the allegations were "tired" and "utterly baseless."

But Kobach — who once suggested during his successful 2010 campaign that Obama would quell doubts about his status by releasing his long-form birth certificate — said Kansas law requires the board to hear all objections.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 months ago

This is SATIRE. Get it? Sarcasm at it's best. There's no truth to it so don't go pasting it around like it's for real and showing how gullible you can be and how afflicted by "sarchasm" (i.e. the distance between a piece of sarcasm and the ability of the person to "get it") you are.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/14/1131926/-The-White-House-Tells-Kansas-Prove-U-S-Membership-or-Risk-Removal-from-Electoral-College

That said, they are demanding the long form of the state constitution.

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bscjhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

I love the passion shown on this link. However, since we are from Kansas and have a very small population, do our votes really matter? We all should know that the big electoral college States decide the elections and we really don't count anyway. So why get so worked up? Kansas will always be rebuplican and the rest is just noise. Am I wrong for being so cynical?

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MrsPeenman 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm not sure why you're being so combative

Hahaha......maybe because it's the blatant liberal bias on this award-winning forum is glaringly obvious and the moderating is ridiculously lopsided. Thanks for the chuckle.

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Rather obvious wouldn't you say? Besides what does the Monitor have against homosexuals that he would not want Obama to be identified with?

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Trumbull 1 year, 7 months ago

The birther movement is really just throwing stuff at a wall. It is de-bunked each time, but they keep throwing it because they know there are enough people out there who will believe it.

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Paulj 1 year, 7 months ago

You know what really makes the Birther movement so stupid? If there was any truth in it at all, even a smidgen, Hillary would have brought it out 4 years ago.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Sage, slow down, relax a bit. By the way the perverted Penn State is leading my Navy Midshipment on ABC, what's the world coming to. This can probaly be attributed to a Obama issue of some sort. Anchors aweigh!

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Funny, you seem to be bitchin about Lawrence and KU all the time with all your defined perverted types residing here. One would think you pick a town like Hutch, Wichita or Manhattan to peddle you demented wares.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Sage: Since you dumped on California, how's life in your version of Disney's Fantasyland?

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Trumbull 1 year, 7 months ago

Why are there not any Republicans criticizing the way this was handled by Kobach? Do we conclude that they are mostly birthers? Or simply dishonest enough to let this slide and not call this out for what it truly is?

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

The only Baaa Baa, is the contentment that has returned to dilusional birther Montgomery after he spent a day in the sheep house in Manhattan. Party on!

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

The only "light" Kansas has for the rest of the country is a dim 15 watt, illuminating Kansas as the "laughing stock" of the country. Sage is taking on this story by his lonesome, bringing up supposed birth certificates, Chicago bathhouses, Pot smoking in college (would be strange if he did not), botched college transcripts issues, what's next. Better come up with something better, your time is running out, only 52 days to Mitt making his concession call.

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chalice2 1 year, 7 months ago

Isn't it funny when hostile people, filled with their hate for our President, complain about meeting hostility? It's past time when this ridiculousness could be tolerated. I live in California now and I get so tired of hearing how backward my home state is. It's past time for Kansas to rediscover its humane and radical root commitments to freedom and open-mindedness.

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parco814 1 year, 7 months ago

Joe the Birther makes Joe the Plumber look like John Stuart Mill. Threw his little tantrum, got lots of attention, and as bad as he is, Kobach the Kretin and his Krew are worse, because they knew all along it was bogus but they couldn't resist another chance to try intimidating those who don't think like they do and belong to their pathetic party.

True to the script of rightwing victimization and whining, Joe dropped the charges because of "animosity and intimidation." Translation--people know a fool when they see one and some folks don't suffer fools gladly. Kansas Republicans rely on fools to make their careers and to make the state suffer.

I think Joe had an ulterior motive--he's so disenchanted with Mitt Romney that he had doubts that Mitt could carry KS, so he gave it a shot and tried to get the President removed from the ballot. So what if some KS military personnel wanted to vote for their Commander in Chief. Joe the Birther knows best. But, again, true to the rightwing script, he's a sniveling coward who can't take it when the going gets tough--when people call him out on being wrong, stupid, and damn near treasonous.

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SageonPage 1 year, 7 months ago

Mission accomplished. Joe just wanted to point out that the fool obama is a fraud and will lose Kansas anyway. You Lawrence Libs can pretend to be indignant but it is a ruse as your fool fraud will lose big in Kansas again!!

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Trumbull 1 year, 7 months ago

Mitt Romney on the subject. He may be a closet birther:

http://youtu.be/4qDE3RBUfzM

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tange 1 year, 7 months ago

"animosity and intimidation"

Perhaps it was merely humanosity and intimation.

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verity 1 year, 7 months ago

No story yet about the petition to verify if Romney is a unicorn?

Talk about biased reporting.

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jimincountry 1 year, 7 months ago

Just vote Obama out in November!

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MaggieC 1 year, 7 months ago

Some people don't understand that just because they don't like something doesn't mean they have to take it away from everyone.

I don't like Chinese food. Do I have the right to demand all Chinese restaurants are shut down? No, that's nuts. This is no different.

It really, really makes me crazy that MY tax dollars funded this bullhockey. Clearly they don't have better things to do in Topeka.

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John McCoy 1 year, 7 months ago

From Texas: "Thank God for Kansas." Otherwise we would be the only totally stupid state.

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Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 7 months ago

in manhattan EMAM means every mans a muslim!

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 7 months ago

Pathetic. Mr Montgomery brought the allegations but doesn't like the fact almost everyone disagrees with him. So, Now he plays the victim. Again I say Pathetic. If Mr. Montgomery thought this up all by himself and filed the objection all by himself, He has no one to blame but himself for the negative publicity he has received. If ,in fact, he was put up to this by people he knew, He might want to take a close look at this group of people he calls friends. Friends don't let friends do stupid things like this. If you want to play the blame game, Put the blame where it belongs: on you Mr. Montgomery! Also, I hope Mr. Montgomery did not use his work computer that belongs to his employer to do all this.HR has strict rules about using official networks for personal/political business. That issue should be looked into by his employer.

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oldexbeat 1 year, 7 months ago

Remember the plan -- make sure that the fundamentalists vote for the Mormon (real problem here folks if you totally believe that your bible is the FINAL word...etc., you know like the guys burning books here and embassies over there -- same minds)

and how do you do that -- just keep the drums of doubt and questions going, the 50 items lists cut and pasted all over the local angrry political boards, from blogs (probably professionally written in secret by Koch money) on President Obama being a socialist/african/muslim/muslim/did we say the S word yet? -- all immediately checked out as fake, of course -- just keep at it. The Fundies (funnydies?) have to vote for Mitt for him to win. And, yes, the racists -- but they aren't worried about that Mormon thing, and Mitt Romney ius glows white. Keep reminding, keep the big lie going. That's the Repub rightwing nut plan .

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Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

wow.....72 comments and none of our resident trolls showed up...... what do I smell.....fear.....fear.......fear......

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pace 1 year, 7 months ago

In my opinion, the birther nonsense was born in racism and steeped with stupidity. Can we get rid of Kobach and Brownback? I sure wish stupid was a reason for impeachment of a kansas governor.

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cowboy 1 year, 7 months ago

Brownhack will be po'd that Kohack backed down on this. Time for a purge of these "moderates". New AG to be The Right Reverend Bubba Flavel who will fit right in here.

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Naithom 1 year, 7 months ago

More than likely it was pointed out to him that if a registered copy of the birth certificate was given the seal of approval by the court, the birthers would have no further leg to stand on when it comes to denying his authenticity as the valid President. And they couldn't stand that.

This way they can claim that someone picked on them and they backed down. They would rather be seen as a coward who wouldn't stand up for the Constitution than admit that a black man was the legitimate president of the United States. That's a lot of bile to swallow for a bigot.

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beatrice 1 year, 7 months ago

I want to see Mitt Romney's manufacturer's warranty.

Would Mitt need to be designed and built in the U.S. to be eligible for the ballot? What if he was actually assembled in France by a U.S. corporation?

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verity 1 year, 7 months ago

I just signed a petition demanding that Mr Kobach investigate whether Mitt Romney is a unicorn.

Really.

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beatrice 1 year, 7 months ago

Better headline: Birther Aborts Challenge

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grammaddy 1 year, 7 months ago

Why ANYONE gave this guy any time or energy I will never understand. It's not like Obama has any chance of taking the Kansas electorate anyway.

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buffalo63 1 year, 7 months ago

Don't you think if there was any shread of truth that Obama WASN'T born in the US, that those in the Republican House and Senate would have already gotten him out of office; or do those birthers not have any faith in their party leadership? Or are they too busy planning how to go against everything Obama does, even when it was their idea in the first place.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

How embarrassing for Colyer, Schmidt, and Kobach.

They are a disgrace to their offices.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Kansas offers the following images as Governor Brownback seeks to increase tourism and possitive impressions of The State:

Kansas land of: Phelps, Brownback, Toto, Kobach, Tin Man, Owens, Galilee Swimmer, Land of Oz, Abrams, Dorothy, Klein, No Art Funding, C-Street Governor, Flat, Tornados, Goat Gland Doctor, "In Cold Blood", Featureless, Pompeo, Helicopter Alien Shooter, "What's the Matter With Kansas", Ball of Twine, Bigotedness, Yellow Brick Road, Munchkins, No National Parks, Carrie Nation, Voter Supression, Birthers, Coal Fired Power Plants, Repressed Thinkers, Killer of Knute Rockne, etc. etc.

We need some more good images to further ridicule us!

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

After the 'animosity", looking for solace and companionship, he headed back to the sheep barn at KSU!

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msezdsit 1 year, 7 months ago

"....he and people around him have faced what he called "animosity" over his challenge to Obama's inclusion on the ballot."

Well, they shouldn't have let him out of his cage without his meds.

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FarneyMac 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe he's just dropping his objection so he can file one against Mitt Romney, whose father was born in Mexico. Since, y'know, that was his objection to Obama.

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kansanliz 1 year, 7 months ago

If they had been foolish enough to remove the President from the ballot, a lot of Republicans would have stayed home (why bother since it's a done deal), and the Democrats would have been angry enough to come out in droves. We might even have managed to replace some of the neoCons with moderates. It could have been a win-win for liberals.

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question4u 1 year, 7 months ago

If Mr. Montgomery wants to argue that Obama is from Mars, he can do so. That's part of the democratic process. That process allows and should allow anyone to voice whatever opinion that he or she might have as long as doing so does not violate the law. On the other hand, the result of making accusations in the absence of evidence and in a vein that makes people question your sanity should involve personal embarrassment.

Mr. Montgomery may genuinely not understand how un-American it is to try to prevent free elections. He may have little knowledge of world political systems and may be easily duped. Kobach cannot plead ignorance however, nor can the other extremists on the State Objections Board. For those who don't pity him, Mr. Montgomery has been a comic interlude, but there's nothing funny about Kobach. How many times will he be allowed try to interfere with the free election process before Kansans begin to recognize how inconsistent his methods are with American ideals.

Kris Kobach: bringing Iranian style "democracy" to your doorstep.

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TerryInSpringHill 1 year, 7 months ago

all our ire should be directed at Kobach and others on the objections board for seriously considering this fools motion. I heard Kobach on the news this morning..What an embarrassment he is for the state of Kansas.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 7 months ago

Despite the fact that it didn't hit the national media until this morning, this has been all over the blogosphere, Facebook and Twitter for over 24 hours. (I first heard of it on Huffington Post at 5pm yesterday.) He is a state employee with a public e-mail address. I have no doubt whatsoever that he was e-mail bombed beyond belief. There is an unconfirmed rumor that the college's intranet system was even briefly brought down because of it. The fallout from this is going to be hellish for the college.

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jackbinkelman 1 year, 7 months ago

Just another birther spitting up.. it'll pass.

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Agnostick 1 year, 7 months ago

"Amimosity?" Did he really not expect at least a little of this? Well, how incredibly naive!!

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voevoda 1 year, 7 months ago

Who, exactly, showed Mr. Montgomery "animosity"? Maybe it was Republican officeholders; after all, they are the ones who found themselves in difficult straits because of him.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 7 months ago

He probably got some flak from some in the Republican party too. Many Republicans are even getting tired of these birthers.

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jazzerman 1 year, 7 months ago

And he raises money for ksu. Donations will probably be off the charts.

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jazzerman 1 year, 7 months ago

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mdlund0 1 year, 7 months ago

How, exactly, does one file an objection with the State Objections Board? Is there a form to fill out? A fee to pay?

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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 7 months ago

The guy is a grade 1 moron and should be embarassed and feel shame. Not only that he has brought great disrespectful and shame to our state. Hope he is happy with his few days of fame. Now, go back to your hurt feelings and think before you act next time.

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Jim Williamson 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm also inclined to think that his employer, the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, got a few e-mails and may have encouraged him to stop representing them in such a stellar and highly public manner.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 7 months ago

Collateral damage will take out Kobach now.

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donttreadonme 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe he figured out he was being used by the political elites in Kansas just to smear the President.

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jerice43 1 year, 7 months ago

This guy has embarrassed our great state on the national front. Kobach has done the same. Shame on them.
He should pack up and move out of state and go somewhere all people are idiots like him.

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blue73harley 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank goodness Larryville liberals don't burn stuff and kill people when someone insults their deity.

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defenestrator 1 year, 7 months ago

Once an objection is raised, and subsequently and spinelessly withdrawn, is it not still an objection?

Please proceed, Koback et al ..... proceed to embarrass yourselves.

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ksjayhawk74 1 year, 7 months ago

Does Kobach still think the objection is not frivolous?

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 7 months ago

Send him the bill now. Oh and by the way, you've awakened a sleeping tiger.

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djneibarger 1 year, 7 months ago

i guess republicans in Kansas figure the only way Romney can win is if he's the only choice on the ballot. clever...

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orbiter 1 year, 7 months ago

"Manhattan resident Joe Montgomery told the secretary of state's office by email Friday that he and people around him have faced what he called "animosity" over his challenge to Obama's inclusion on the ballot."

--We already knew he was an Class-A Idiot, and now we know he is a spineless wuss chicken. A little "animosity" and he slinks away from what he views as "protecting the constitution". Embarrassing on so many levels.

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naturalist 1 year, 7 months ago

Probably due to all those emails that flooded his inbox this morning.

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Michael Rowland 1 year, 7 months ago

At this point I think it's a little late to dispute Obama's eligibility.

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defenestrator 1 year, 7 months ago

We still need to find out about Willard Romney's citizenship.

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

too late akuna, the story hit the NY Times this afternoon. So thanks to this Mr. Montgomery the entire state is embarassed....again. Ala Phelps, BOE (connie morris et.al.) Kobach, Brownie, Moreno/Sidekicky, and a few others. This is what makes Kansas such a business friendly state that people will flock to and create thousands of new jobs...because we are all insane.

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defenestrator 1 year, 7 months ago

He is still a birther--he just doesn't want the bad publicity that goes with being such an ignoramus.

Loser.

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 7 months ago

I hope that the people of Manhattan will continue to show "animosity" toward this idiot for the rest of his life.

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akuna 1 year, 7 months ago

Good for him. Now the State only looks slightly foolish.

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