U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal today finds himself explaining that his measure to remove the right of those born on American soil to claim citizenship has nothing to do with his recent entry into the Republican race for governor.
This from the Gainesville Times:
Although Deal introduced the bill into the U.S. House of Representatives on April 2, it made headlines earlier this week.
The timing — less than one month after Deal announced his bid for governor — drew accusations from critics that the bill was nothing but political pandering to Deal’s conservative constituents.
Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, was one such critic. Gonzalez said the bill, entitled the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009, was a political ploy to garner attention. He called the move shameful and despicable.
“(Deal) wants to tinker with the U.S. Constitution to further his xenophobic political ideology, and that is just not what we should expect from our congresspersons,” Gonzalez said.
But Deal said he did not have anything to do with the media attention that the bill received this week. He said he did not issue a press release on the piece of legislation. Instead, a reporter from the Associated Press called him “out of the blue” about the bill last week, he said.
“People that make those accusations need to get their facts straight,” Deal said.
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