We’ve discussed the Democrats’ attack on Scott Brown in Massachusetts in his tight race with Martha Coakley. They claimed Brown was a “birther” based on a comment he made in televised debate, about the possibility that the President’s parents might not have been married. We’ve also talked about recent comments by the Lt. Governor of Tennessee, Ron Ramsey.
Now the Democratic party in South Carolina is going against Joe (“you lie!”) Wilson, calling him a “birther” too. This letter came from Jay Parmley, the Executive Director of the SC Democratic Party:
The news broke on the morning of the State of the Union: Joe Wilson is a birther. He won’t say if the President he’s already publicly disrespected was born in the United States or not. This is unacceptable. Help us defeat Joe Wilson in November.
In just 48 hours, over 1000 of you signed our petition to ask Joe to publicly clarify if he believes the President is a U.S. Citizen. We delivered it to his office this week, and so far, he hasn’t responded. This is unacceptable. Help us defeat Joe Wilson in November.
Joe is either a member of the lunatic fringe of American politics, or he’s too afraid of them to do his job. This is unacceptable. Help us defeat Joe Wilson in November.
Mr. Parmler didn’t say in this letter why he thinks Wilson is a birther, but it may stem from a comment Wilson made on a radio call-in show where he said:
“I was an election commissioner and so I always take seriously that when people file, that’s where that should have been brought up,” Wilson told the Kevin Cohen Show on December 21. “And it should have been brought up when he filed for president in the first state wherever it was and whichever had a primary where he should file. So that is a legal issue that should have been brought up at that time.”
This quotation, without further context, doesn’t prove Wilson is a birther. I might have said the same thing, and I have no doubts whatever where President Obama was born.
Meanwhile, on February 6, 2010 the WorldNetDaily web site published a list of what it calls “lawmakers … questioning eligibility of [the] president,” listing Ramsey, but not Wilson.