Ken Bennett Apparently Making Up Rules as He Goes Along, Won't Verify Romney's Documents

Categories: Birthers (sigh)
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Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett officially has become that kid no one wanted to play with because he just made up the rules to games as he went along.

Bennett, as you may recall, decided to play ball with the "birther" crowd, taking the "extra step" to verify President Barack Obama's birth certificate in order for him to appear on Arizona ballots this year.

After being ridiculed high and low, Bennett said he'd do the same for the birth certificate of Mitt Romney -- for whom Bennett's the Arizona campaign co-chair.

And here's what veteran Valley political reporter Howie Fischer's saying now:

Bennett acknowledged Thursday he has received requests from Arizona residents to perform the same kind of verification through Michigan about Romney's birth certificate as he did through Hawaii for Barack Obama. And he said that he had, in fact, agreed to make such a check if he got a request.

But Bennett is now saying he needs something else: An allegation by an Arizona law enforcement agency that there is a question about the veracity of a candidate's claimed birth certificate.


We sent an e-mail to Bennett's spokesman to verify that, and ask some questions, but haven't yet heard.

We pointed out that the group conducting the "investigation" isn't a law enforcement agency. The "Cold Case Posse" is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

But remember the time Bennett mentioned that he was taking this "extra step" because of the Posse was out playing detective. Probably not, because that never happened.

Bennett even said to some conspiracy theorists, "With all due respect, the [Arpaio] investigation has not proven anything other than raised probable cause that the birth certificate posted on the White House website 'may be' a forgery."

He's mentioned several times that he checked in on Obama's stuff "[a]t the request of numerous constituents."

State House Minority Leader Chad Campbell's heard about all this jazz, issuing a statement saying Bennett "appears to be struggling to fulfill both his campaign obligations and his responsibility as the state's top election officer.


"Last month Mr. Bennett said that he was looking into the validity of President Obama's birth certificate because a few constituents asked him to do so," Campbell says. "I know that several constituents made similar requests for him to verify Romney's birth certificate. Now he's refusing because the requests didn't come from law enforcement officials like Tea Party 'birther' Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He broke his promise to voters and continues to pander to a fringe movement."

That would appear to be the case, Campbell.



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CGenocole
CGenocole

Politicians like Bennet should have a red light hanging outside their desk instead of a name plate.

Ann
Ann

I am a Genealogist and have been for the past 30 years.  Even I can see that the Certificate of Birth has been altered.   But, I also have received information that this Ken Bennett will say just about anything because he looking for a Governors position in the Democrats.
Time to resign Ken Bennett.   Stop doing a number on Mr. Romney.  

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

So, it seems to me that Mr. Bennett demands verification of birth for the black candidate, but the white guy is ok.

Put up, or shut up, Mr. Bennett.

If you said you were going to take this action then do so.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

[" the [Arpaio] investigation has not proven anything other than raised
probable cause that the birth certificate posted on the White House
website 'may be' a forgery."]

Honestly, this type of statement drives me nuts. More so than normal.

The MCSO shurf, his very self, uses "probable cause" incorrectly, when he should be using "reasonable suspicion".

Any rookie police officer knows that reasonable suspicion falls short of probable cause and probable cause (commonly referred to as 'PC') must be present for either a search warrant or to effect an arrest.

If probable cause were present then the appropriate FEDERAL agency could apply for an arrest warrant for Mr. Obama.

The MCSO shurf, and that laughing stock "agency" known as the Cold Case Posse have nothing more than reasonable suspicion that the birth certificate may be fraudulent.

So, Mr. Shurf, has the Posse repaid MCSO for the true costs of the commissioned deputy for his trip to Hawaii on a boondoggle media stunt?

Mr. Bennett, you really need to learn the distinction between reasonable suspicion and probable cause. Until then, please stop using such terms.

CA
CA

There's the law for us, then there is the law for them, or so Bennett seems to think.

There is the law he applies to democratic candidates, and yet another one for the republicans.

There is the law he wants applied to child rapists, and then there is the law he wants applied to his son when he forces stick up the rectums of young boys. (google it, if you are unfamiliar).

If we keep rewarding his bad behavior, he will only get worse.

Coz
Coz

That pretty much sums up all Republican Politicians.

slipery Mike
slipery Mike

lousiana seems like a nice alternative,compared to arizona crooks.
jack willams and barry goldwater are crying in heaven right now!

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

I wonder why he is being so overt in his seemingly ass clown antics?

Cstuart0414
Cstuart0414

Because he is looking for a promotion to Governor in the Democrats......So the story goes.

CA
CA

Because so long as there is a black man in the white house, no measure of crazy will be rejected by the blue-haired bigots that occupy sandland.

Power in Arizona is directly proportional to how hard you play to the wingnuts, or so the AZGOP has declared.

Until voters make them pay for their hate at the ballot box, they will continue to pander to the lowest and most base elements of human nature.

That's just how the AZGOP rolls (especially when it has Shane Wikfors as its Communication Director - that should frighten all decent people.)

Oma
Oma

He's lost my vote.  

Coz
Coz

I never was going to vote for thew moron.

Coz
Coz

Bennett is nothing more than another two faced lying Arizona politician.
Nothing more and nothing less.

Pete
Pete

RECALL the pandering liar. 

He can join Pearce in the museum of "self-made political has-beens".

CRAZY KILLS BUSINESS. 

AZ deserves better.

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