Bobby Jindal Will Sign Louisiana's 'Birther Bill' If It Hits His Desk

We hadn't heard all that much from the man who claimed that he met a demon once and helped perform an exorcism, but Governor Bobby Jindal is back in the news. He hasn't done nearly enough work to try and restore his popularity with the conservative movement after his disastrous SOTU rebuttal response, which embarrassed him and the GOP. He was once considered an up-and-coming GOP star who could run for president in 2012, but those hopes died fast. He received a lot of airtime during the BP oil spill crisis, and I heard many Republicans sounding like they feel a bit better about him after that. Well, this won't win him any more gold stars with the GOP, except for maybe a spot on the next Celebrity Apprentice.


- Gov. Bobby Jindal would sign a bill requiring presidential candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificate to qualify for the Louisiana ballot if it reaches his desk, a spokesman said Monday.

"It's not part of our package, but if the Legislature passes it we'll sign it," press secretary Kyle Plotkin said.

House Bill 561 was filed last week by two Republican lawmakers. President Barack Obama's citizenship has been challenged by some groups, derisively called "birthers," despite numerous independent investigations finding that documents and contemporary news reports show that Obama was born in Hawaii.

The bill by state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, and Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell, would require federal candidates who want to appear on Louisiana ballots to file an affidavit attesting to their citizenship, which would have to be accompanied by an "original or certified copy" of their birth certificate.

The requirement also would apply to candidates for U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives.

A similar bill was recently passed by the Arizona legislature.

Seabaugh, an attorney, said his bill was motivated by the numerous lawsuits that have been filed over Obama's citizenship. "Not one of them has ever been decided on the merits," Seabaugh said. "As an attorney, that's offensive to me."

You've really sunk pretty low if Jan Brewer looks like the adult in the Birther situation.


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