Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kobach’s office seeks to dismiss `birther’ lawsuit

September 27, 2012


— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's listing on the state's Nov. 6 general election ballot.

The motion states that ballots with Obama's name are already being sent and voted on by those who are in the military and overseas and who requested absentee ballots.

A court order to remove Obama's name from the ballot "would create equal protection issues or necessitate corrected ballots to be sent to (overseas) voters who have already cast ballots," the motion filed by Deputy Secretary of State Ryan Kriegshauser said.

The lawsuit was filed last week by California attorney Orly Taitz, who alleges that Obama is not a U.S. citizen and is ineligible to be president. Obama has released his birth certificate and his birth-state of Hawaii has authenticated the online copy of the birth certificate.

Taitz filed the lawsuit against the State Objections Board and Kobach, its chairman, after the board closed a review of whether Obama should be listed on the ballot.

A Manhattan resident, Joe Montgomery, had filed the initial challenge before the State Objections Board, but then withdrew it, saying he had been the target of "a great deal of animosity and intimidation."

But Taitz told Kobach that Montgomery asked her to reinstate his complaint.

Kriegshauser, however, said there is no evidence of that. The motion also states that Taitz has no standing in the case, saying, "she will not be affected in an individual sense by whether or not President Obama is on the general election ballot in Kansas."

A hearing on Taitz's lawsuit has been scheduled for Wednesday.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 6 months ago

I am with most of the rest of tye posters on this forum.

Kobach and his cronies caused this whole stink by even bothering to offer any substance or credibility to an issue that every one of them knew damned well was fraudulant as a moderate republican and had been totally discredited..


Tricky_D 1 year, 6 months ago

Was Romney really born in the USA? How do we know? After all, wasn't his father born in Mexico? I think the citizens of this country have a right to see Romney's birth certificate, and the authenticity of it needs to be verified by the state he CLAIMS to have been born in. Oh...wait...he's white. Okay, no problem.


headdoctor 1 year, 6 months ago

I suppose a counter suit at this point would only escalate the situation. I am thinking if the Judge lets this suit stand, Kobach needs to counter file for expenses to repay the State.


Katara 1 year, 6 months ago

"But Taitz told Kobach that Montgomery asked her to reinstate his complaint. "

Would this qualify as perjury?


blindrabbit 1 year, 6 months ago

More evidence that Thomas Frank expounds on in "What's the Matter With Kansas". The Republican Party in this State has drifted so far to the right as to approximate the idiocy of "Tail Gunner Joe", Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. The gulibile tea baggers and fundamentalists have voted in a bunch of nuts by laying religious guilt because of abortion, homosexuality, birther and race baiting issues, and in doing so has given up their sanity and rationality.


texburgh 1 year, 6 months ago

Kobach and his right wing buds brought this on themselves. If he didn't want to distract things with this BS, then he should have tossed out the original complaint. Not only did he not do that then, he sought to drag it out by delaying the decision over a long weekend and allowing fellow nutjobs like Taitz to get to Kansas. Kobach is getting what he deserves. He shouldn't be allowed to weasel his way out. He wanted this show, now see it through. Yes, it will cost the state money. But that is really what Kobach is all about - he runs around the country writing unconstitutional ordinances and laws and then bilking their state and city budgets racing out there to defend them in court. He is an embarrassment to the state. But Kansas voters get what they deserve. Brownback, Kobach, Colyer, and now the Senate AND the House. God help this state.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

This is squarely the fault of Kobach, Schmidt, and Colyer who happily entertained the request of the nut case from Manhattan to remove Obama from the ballot. Had they stopped it there, they wouldn't be dealing now with Orly Taitz.

By appeasing the wacky right wing fringe to score political points, they have brought that wacky fringe into their living rooms. You play with the bull, sometimes you get the horns.


08Champs 1 year, 6 months ago

What is worn out is the birther movement - unfortunately, since there are still enough people off their meds and beating the drum on this non-issue, it will continue to be newsworthy. At least for the freak show factor.


consumer1 1 year, 6 months ago

This paper shure like to sensationalize. This story is way past worn out. But the LJW knows anything wiht Kolbach's name will create a sensation.


headdoctor 1 year, 6 months ago

I could think of a couple of good reasons to ask for dismissing it besides the ballots already printed. How about a groundless and frivolous for starters.


MacHeath 1 year, 6 months ago

Taitz is a freaking nut case. She has a lot of freaky ideas. She really needs to review her meds.


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