Kellie Greene placed herself firmly in the camp of Donald Trump and one of her political fellow travelers from Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio: She said she doesn't believe President Obama was born in the United States.
Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Ms. Greene repeated the long-refuted claim that Mr. Obama hasn't been forthright about where he was born.
Mr. Obama's birth certificate, showing that he was born in Hawaii, is right here. Contemporaneous accounts from two Hawaii newspapers confirm that Mr. Obama was born in a hospital in Hawaii.
For evidence to the contrary, Ms. Greene says that it took too long for Mr. Obama to produce his birth certificate. Mr. Obama produced a copy of his birth certificate during his 2008 run, and then what was dubbed the "long-form" version in April 2011. The time it took to release the "long-form" version probably had more to do with an unwillingness to feed the flames of an outlandish political attack than an inability to figure out how to work Photoshop, however.
"I really have some serious questions," Ms. Greene said on Mayor Jeff Graham's noontime talk show today.
Indeed. So do I. I've asked Ms. Greene for a copy of her birth certificate. I'll update if and when she responds. I'll settle for nothing short of the long-form version.
Arizona, where Ms. Greene lived for eight years, is a hotbed for birther conspiracy theorists. The Secretary of State has raised questions there, and the aforementioned Mr. Arpaio, who organized a cold-case "posse" to investigate the debunked claim that Mr. Obama was not born in Hawaii.
Ms. Greene is facing off against Matt Doheny in the June 26 GOP primary. Mr. Doheny said on Mr. Graham's radio show yesterday that he does indeed believe that Mr. Obama was born in the United States.
The two are looking to face Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in November.
In other comments on Mr. Graham's radio show, Ms. Greene:
*Said that she's exhausted her savings from working as an international business consultant; she's been hard-hit by the recession, she said.
*Said she lived with her mom's home when she was in Arizona; luckily, she said, it was a split-level.
*Said that if she wins the GOP primary, she could still beat Mr. Owens, because "I know that I'm a far stronger candidate" than him.
*Stood up for Mr. Owens on his Taiwan scandal and Mr. Doheny on his Gawker scandal.
*Said she's a Red Sox fan and a Tony Stewart NASCAR fan.
*Did not commit to supporting Mr. Doheny if Mr. Doheny wins the GOP primary.
*Touted a tea party endorsement, and then a few breaths later, said she's "so tired of this (endorsement) game."