AZ Secretary of State Bennett Bows to Political Pressure in Obama Eligibility

Last week, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced that he would prevent Barack Obama’s name from appearing on the November ballot unless Hawaiian officials sent him verified documentation of Obama’s birth records.  Around the same time, several members of the Maricopa Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Posse went to Hawaii to hopefully meet with Hawaii officials.

Shortly after Bennett’s announcement, Hawaii Department of Health officials sent a letter to Bennett.  Supposedly that letter contained the verified documentation that Bennett demanded.  Upon receipt of the letter, Bennett announced that he had received verification that Obama had been born in Hawaii and that his name would be allowed on the November ballot.

Micheal Zullo, the lead investigator for the Cold Case Posse said that the letter Bennett received didn’t verify anything.  He also said that Secretary of State Ken Bennett bowed to political pressure and accepted the evidence Hawaii sent him without really knowing anything about the whole investigation.

In an interview with WND, Zullo explained,

“We have developed incontrovertible proof that the verification provided by the Hawaii Department of Health to Arizona’s secretary of state on May 22 really doesn’t verify anything of significance.”

In WND’s report, they described what Zullo described as ‘obvious defects’ in the letter Bennett received.

  • Tuesday’s letter, he said, fails to identify or list President Obama’s date of birth, even though the letter’s apparent purpose was for the Hawaii Department of Health to verify Obama was born in Hawaii.
  • To the right of the registrar’s stamp on the letter appear the initials “gk,” suggesting that Hawaii Department of Health Registrar Alvin Onaka did not apply the registrar’s stamp himself.

Zullo went on to say,

“I suspect these defects are not accidental.  My suspicion is that top officials in the Hawaii DOH and the Hawaii Attorney General’s office created a defective document that could be disclaimed rather than take the time to produce a thoroughly proofread and officially certified legally binding state document.”

“Either Onaka refused to initial his registrar’s stamp or the Hawaii DOH is not sufficiently competent to produce a legally valid document, but either way, the cover-up appears alive and well in Hawaii.”

“The Hawaii DOH letter is nothing more than a highly lawyered, cleverly crafted document that we can now prove does not verify what it appears to verify.  At Sheriff Arpaio’s next press conference we will be able to prove that the Hawaii DOH has actually refused to verify either that Obama was born in Hawaii or that the long-form birth-certificate released by the White House on April 27, 2011, is an authentic document.”

“To begin with, it was no surprise to me that Bennett buckled to political pressure.”

“I knew when I met with Mr. Bennett last week in Phoenix, before we left for Hawaii, that he was desperately trying to get out of the political corner he had painted himself into.”

“Bennett obviously believed Obama was telling the truth,” Zullo said. “He was shocked when Hawaii didn’t immediately issue the verification. As it dragged on into weeks, Bennett became desperate to do whatever Hawaii asked to get what amounts to even this meaningless letter.”

“I told the sheriff that I suspected Bennett would reach over backwards in a desperate attempt to get some form of document from the Hawaii Health Department in written form, so he could manage to come out of the political problem he had created for himself.”

“In my meeting with Sheriff Arpaio, I disclosed my belief that Secretary of State Bennett would confer with Hawaii’s attorney general to draft a second, probably watered-down letter of request from Hawaii.”

“Zullo said it was ‘no shock to me or Sheriff Arpaio when the verification was released, and we believe the timing is suspect in that the release of the verification came one day after MCSO met with Hawaii Department of Health officials in Honolulu.’”

“My impression was that Bennett wanted to appear sympathetic to the tea party group to win their political favor, but that he guessed wrong, calculating that Hawaii was telling the truth about Obama’s birth and had nothing to hide.  Bennett was dumbfounded when Hawaii hesitated.”

While it seems that Ken Bennett is uninformed on the investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and has allowed himself to be duped, that still does not mean that Barack Obama’s name will appear on every ballot in Arizona.  According to Arizona law, the county sheriff is the ultimate law enforcement official in each county and also has the final say on whether or not a political candidate meets eligibility requirements and if their name will appear on an election ballot.

Therefore, in spite of Bennett’s wimpy ruling, Sheriff Joe Arpaio will have the final say on the matter in Maricopa County, home to nearly 4 million people.  As it appears now, Obama’s name just may not be available to the several million voters in Maricopa County. Sheriff Joe is supposed to hold another press conference in early June and hopefully this time, all media eyes will be watching and reporting what Arpaio and Zullo reveal.