“This will be the first time ever, since this whole thing began, that it will be looked on, on merit.” Carl Swensson, Republican Party Chairman of Clayton County, Georgia, spoke those words regarding the forthcoming judicial hearing of the case against the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to be President.
Although attorneys representing the President moved for a pretrial dismissal, Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi in the Office of State Administrative Hearings denied that motion to dismiss the complaint filed to keep Obama’s name off the state ballot during the March presidential primary. An impartial hearing on the issue is scheduled for January 26 in Fulton County, Georgia.
In the many cases previously filed challenging the President’s status as a “natural born citizen,” the plaintiffs were denied standing and the constitutional question has never been fully considered.
One report discusses what made this latest case different from the others:
Unlike many other states, Georgia has a statute requiring just that. For Swensson’s part, he had “resolved that I would not let anyone on the ballot who is not demonstrably qualified to hold that office.” That would appear to be part of his job as party official and it is the job of Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brian Kemp (R) to assure election law is justly carried out. Swensson relates, “We have been hounding him at hearings he’s been having across the state.”
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Photo of a young Barack Obama,with his father: AP Images