A major Southern newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, withdrew its endorsement of Republican candidate Jim Pendergraph following birther comments made by him and his support for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Observer wrote:
Pendergraph pandered further this week by saying he has “reason to be suspicious” about whether President Obama was born in the United States. “… Generally when there’s smoke, there’s got to be fire somewhere,” he said, even as he acknowledged “I haven’t seen the facts.”
It all gives one the sense that Pendergraph will say whatever a given audience wants to hear, if it will help him get elected. That makes how he would act in Congress a mystery.
Generally, I don’t have much to say about politicians who make birther-friendly remarks – politicians say all sorts of things; however, when it loses them a high-profile endorsement like this, I think it deserves mention.
Major Southern newspapers are definitely not birther friendly, with significant criticism coming from The State (South Carolina’s newspaper of record) and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.