Democrats to boycott effort to remove Barack Obama from Georgia ballot

Democrats, including the attorney representing President Barack Obama, have made a last-minute decision to boycott the Thursday hearing to consider a “birther” effort to remove Obama from the March 6 presidential primary ballot.

“They can tilt at windmills on their own,” said state Democratic spokesman Eric Gray on Wednesday night.

Last week, in a surprise ruling, a Georgia state administrative judge declined to quash a subpoena directing Obama to attend a hearing Thursday at the Fulton County courthouse on a challenge to strike him from the Georgia ballot this fall on claims he is not a natural born U.S. citizen. Read more background here from my AJC colleague Bill Rankin.

Among tomorrow’s no-shows will be Michael Jablonski, the Atlanta attorney serving as counsel to Obama. He’s written a letter to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, asking him to intervene and bring the circus to a halt.

Among those pressing the action is state Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross. But many ranking Republicans are doing their best to keep their distance.

Here’s the statement just released by Mike Berlon, chairman of the state Democratic party:

“Several lawsuits were recently filed against President Obama questioning whether he is an American citizen in an attempt to remove him from the Georgia primary ballot. Despite the fact that these issues have been thoroughly litigated, a hearing has been scheduled in these cases for Thursday, January 26, 2012. The Democratic Party of Georgia is not a party to any of these lawsuits.

“This afternoon we received a letter from counsel for the President directed to the Georgia Secretary of State asking him to intervene in these lawsuits and bring them to a halt, because it is well established that there is no issue here – a fact validated time and again by courts in this country.

“In the letter, counsel also indicated that they had no interest in continuing to appear or participate further in the litigation and have suspended their involvement.

“We respect the President’s position and urge the Secretary of State to bring this matter to a conclusion. We also believe that each political party has the absolute legal right to determine who should appear on their primary and general election ballots according to their own rules without interference from outside parties.

“In light of these developments the Democratic Party of Georgia has no plans to continue to be involved in these baseless cases. Furthermore the Democratic Party of Georgia will cooperate with the President and his campaign in any way requested to make sure that his name appears on the primary and general election ballots for 2012.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Edward

January 25th, 2012
6:42 pm

This entire fiasco should be an embarrassment to the Georgia GOP. But, they’ll probably wear it like a badge of honor as they do every other humiliation they devise.

Nation of Laws

January 25th, 2012
6:45 pm

Here is a link to an Amicus Brief filed in this case. I dare anyone to read the entire thing and say that it is not without cause for consideration. The fact is that the term “natural born citizen” has been clearly defined by the Supreme Court. Whether you believe President Obama meets that criteria or not, the law must be upheld because no one man is above it. We should welcome this hearing to have this settles once and for all. http://naturalborncitizen.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/georgia-brief-merged-final-redacted.pdf

El

January 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

Wonder what would happen if all defendants were to boycott proceedings when they didn’t feel like the case brought against them had merit. Isn’t that why we HAVE a judicial process? To determine those things? Wow.

I have no position on the case itself, but a “boycott” shows a total disdain for the rule of law in this country. Then again, after signing the NDAA which allows for detention of American citizens on American soil indefinitely without charge or trial…and after assassinating two American citizens who weren’t actually charged with any wrong doing…does this really come as any big surprise? Complete contempt for the Constitution and for the judicial branch.

El

January 25th, 2012
6:53 pm

Oh, I missed this part: “We also believe that each political party has the absolute legal right to determine who should appear on their primary and general election ballots according to their own rules without interference from outside parties.” That explains it. Who needs a stinking Constitution to tell the Democratic party who they can nominate anyway, eh fellows?

Real News

January 25th, 2012
6:53 pm

Obama’s short form birth certificate is a fake. Why? Because in 1964 the government classified the black race as “negro” not “african American” as the fake one released by Obama that say’s African American. Stupid homey.

Nation of Laws

January 25th, 2012
6:54 pm

@Edward, this case is not being brought by anyone in the GOP so your accusation is misguided. As a matter of fact, 3 of the 5 plaintiffs are Democrats seeking to be on the Georgia presidential ballot.

HaHaBirthers

January 25th, 2012
6:57 pm

@Nastion of Laws

Haha no. Yeh, fake Deocrats, and you know it buddy.

@El

It’s LAW and has nothing to do with the constitution. Do some book learnin’.

Jake Arvey

January 25th, 2012
7:02 pm

I read the whole amicus brief. It is a pretzel-logic attempt to make “born in the United States” and “natural born” in the United States, which are one and the same thing to any common-sense person who has a firm grasp of the English language, become jus soli and jus sanguinis, because, according to Mr. Donofrio, holding to the 14th amendment definition requires devoting onself to Christ (I’m not making this up). That’s not the only novel idea in there.

To reiterate: I read the whole darn thing, and not only does he indulge in leaps of logic, he shoots himself in the foot three times (but I’m not saying where–I’ll leave that to Obama’s attorneys). I mean, he presents material that turns the case into a slam-dunk for the defendant.

Ed

January 25th, 2012
7:04 pm

The GOP has should be ashamed of themselves. It makes the citizens of Georgia look like a bunch of toothless hicks.

too big to fail ... @ 99%

January 25th, 2012
7:05 pm

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Obama Shateth a Bricketh

January 25th, 2012
7:06 pm

I’m sure Obama is getting a chuckle out of this. This is little league pitching trying to strike out Albert Pujols, folks.

Todd - LAWRENCEVILLE

January 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

I always look fro a reason not to think this state that I was born in is not run by stupid individuals. I will look no further since this is probably the last time i will look for evidence. This is a state of some of the most racist and stupid individuals of teh cacusian race.

Greg

January 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

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Plutodog

January 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

No, Real. Obama’s father claimed “African” (Not “African-American”) as his race–appropriately for the time for a Kenyan. Your grasp of facts is non-existent.

EI, the hearing is not being boycotted, that is an unfortunate interpretation by the writer. And no, I don’t think your grasp of the Constitution is all that evident either.

And finally, as Mimi at the Fogbow explained, “I don’t think all birthers are racists. But, birtherism is rooted in racism. And, you can’t come to the cross burning and claim you’re just there for the campfire songs & marshmallows.”

John Beatty

January 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

Last I check John McCrazy McCain was not born in the US – he was born in Panama – but you right-wing morons didn’t object to him.
Go vote for your phony bible thumper adulterer Newt – ITS OBAMA IN A LANDSLIDE!

Bruce Springsteen

January 25th, 2012
7:08 pm

I was born in the USA

outonleave

January 25th, 2012
7:09 pm

Nation of Laws, I hate to tell you dude, but your bombasticity has gotten the better of you. “I dare anyone to read the entire thing and say that it is not without cause for consideration” says the opposite of what you argue in the rest of your post.

Chattmatt

January 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

The GOP and pretty much all the tea baggers are some of the dumdest people walking on the earth.They have no ideas and the ones they do have will not work.The tea party was started by the Koch brothers 2 of the richest people in america.They show how fat cats can get sheep to do there bidding.Use your own brain Obama was born in America fact.Facts are somthing the gop and the tea party disregard all the time.

Oversimplify

January 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

This is what you do when you realize that your 2 best options are Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

DebDoes

January 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

Thanks GA for once again being an embarrassment to the rest of the Country! Alabama no longer looks to Mississippi as the armpit of the country,…..now they can look to you!

BIGGIE SMALLS

January 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

It is reprehensible that ignorant Republicans are wasting the taxpayers money on such a frivilous claims. You could not beat President Obama at the ballot box therefore you attempt to utilize Jim Crow tactics to manipulate the election. You are wasting your time. President Obama will win by a landslide because God is on his side!!

Nation of Laws

January 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

Dear John Beatty, you are ignorant of the fact that teh US Senate passed a resolution decalring John McCain a natural born citizen. See “Text of S. Res. 511 [110th]: A resolution recognizing that John Sidney McCain, III, is a natural born citizen” here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=sr110-511

aspata1

January 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

democrats abandon logic. they are the party of lawlessness.

the problem is the peon liberals like “Jake Arvey” are too stupid to realize that “today” the lawlessness of the liberal/democratic philosophy might be on their side, but “tomorrow” they will be the victims of their own device.

Moral of the story: liberals can’t see past the end of their nose, and anything that requires a moment of thought is “too cumbersome” for their feeble minds, and general indolence.

“logic” … yes, indeed, what is “logic” when all things are relative to the liberal.

Oversimplify

January 25th, 2012
7:13 pm

The same folks would be whining if Obama had been “born in the backseat of a pick-up truck rolling down Highway 41″…if the pickup truck was a Toyota.

Go Fish, Georgia

January 25th, 2012
7:14 pm

In the last 25 years, the Georgia Republican Party has produced the most corrupt government in the state since reconstruction. These morons should go back to wearing their bedsheets that they have in their closets.

arnold

January 25th, 2012
7:14 pm

Right wingnuts at play. God gave them half the brains of a jackass.

double

January 25th, 2012
7:15 pm

Little late closing the gate,ain’t you.Sometimes you have to fight dumb with dumb.

Oversimplify

January 25th, 2012
7:16 pm

I remember a couple years ago when the Republicans were talking about amending the Constitution to allow Arnold Schwartzenegger to run for President. Right back atcha, aspata.

Zing

January 25th, 2012
7:17 pm

Republicans:

I get that you don’t like him. I get it. I couldn’t stand “W.” But stop trying to use activist justice to suborn the will of the people.

Also, fact: Obama is not going to win the state of Georgia. So, please– just stop. We have a lot of problems. Please spend your energy on something constructive.

El

January 25th, 2012
7:19 pm

@HaHaBirthers So a state law supersedes the U.S. Constitution that sets for the eligibility requirements for becoming president? Errrr…no.

Look, I don’t know where the guy was born and don’t particularly care. I have no reason to believe the birth certificate isn’t legitimate, and he is ALREADY president. However, I do believe that the Court needs to determine what constitutes “natural-born” citizenship given that a legitimate challenge was raised. But never mind all of that…it will never happen, so who cares about all of that? My gripe is with anyone who has such an utter contempt towards the judicial system as to simply determine that they don’t have to respond. Should the president have to show up? Probably not, but his attorney should show up and go through the same motions that every other defendant in this country has to go through when frivolous lawsuits are filed. If you were to sue me for the dry cleaning of a suit I spilled soda on, I would have to appear or a default judgment would be entered. Are we really saying that political office places one above the law entirely? To the extent one can simply just ignore it if they want to? Is that really where we want to go with all this?

Obvious

January 25th, 2012
7:20 pm

To John Beatty in the above comment. Mr. Beatty, you must be a University of Georgia grad because you sure don’t know anything about American history. John McCain was born at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone (a United States territory) until Jimmy Carter gave it away in 1979. The American flag flew over the territory. Gorgas Hospital was called the Walter Reed of the South and only Americans (soldiers and American citizens) were born there. Now go back to your history books and learn about the Canal Zone (not Panama). That’s why no one question Mr. McCain’s birthright. Daaaah.

Look before I leap...

January 25th, 2012
7:21 pm

Nation of Laws

January 25th, 2012
6:45 pm

We should welcome this hearing to have this settles once and for all

Except this HAS been proven again and again and again ad nauseum.
The case is frivolous and the administrative judge should be censured for being a grand-standing idiot.

To the other moron poster who claims proof of fraud due to the “African American” as opposed to ‘negro’ argument. The facts do not support your looney tunes theory.
Obama’s father who was born and raised in Kenya identifies as African, not African American which is exactly how a native born Nigerian would self identify. This STRENGTHENS the case for authenticity.

Bali High

January 25th, 2012
7:21 pm

I think aspata 1 is on the juice, Or maybe he’s smelling his behind .

Krak Kokane

January 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

I guess it’s okay for a conservative activist judge to ignore all legal precedent and interpret the Constitution any way he wants to, but we can’t have liberal judges doing that.

I guess if I could somehow involve the President of the United States in my lawsuit in Magistrate’s Court in Rabun County, he’d have to show up, and if EVERYBODY involved the President in their pissant lawsuits across the country, he could fly from county to county every day, defending himself, and just let the country run itself.

That’s what the Republicans did to Clinton. And then blamed him for not paying attention to the terrorrists.

Mel in Midtown

January 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

Things like this and the ranting that follows them make me embarrassed to be a Georgian!

GSU Panthers

January 25th, 2012
7:25 pm

All you peoples that don’t like Georgia, I wish you would move back to the rock you crawled out from under. You are the ones that have formed a blight on Georgia.

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A Caring Man

January 25th, 2012
7:30 pm

This is sad. The Judge should be forced to resign and fine for wasting tax payer’s dollars.

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Jack handy

January 25th, 2012
7:34 pm

As a republican/libertarian, I think this is a waste of everyone’s time. His failed economic policies and use of the federal government as a tool to shove economic equality down our throats should be enough not to get him re-elected. But then again, people are happy not to work and ask what their country can do for them. This is the end.

smallmouth6

January 25th, 2012
7:35 pm

I love the South and I’m fond of so many of its residents. But, this is embarrassing. I’m a strong believer in the First Amendment, but seriously Fox news, bad preachers, or something is destroying many of your abilities to reason or actually be the Christians so many of you say you are. Vote agains the man, but don’t act like he’s not your president, is a Muslim, or wasn’t born in the United States.

Look before I leap...

January 25th, 2012
7:36 pm

yeah said Nigerian @7:21 – mistake on my part meant Kenyan

Team Obama All The Way

January 25th, 2012
7:36 pm

This is to Real News. My mother was born in 1964 IN MISSISSIPPI and her birth certificate says African American. My aunt was born ALSO IN MISSISSIPPI in 1965 and her birth certificate African American. This fiasco is an embarrasment to Gerogia and to the American people in general!!! The ONLY fault against this man is that he is not a WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) in the White House. Being that this country has elected an Irish American to the office of President (President Kennedy) and has had a Greek-American as Vice President (Spiro Agnew), one would think that having an African American President would show the world that we are so far beyond the worldwide images of the whole Jim Crow massacre. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, HI two years after Hawaii became a state. Therefore making him an American. End of story!! LET IT GO!! There are a hell of a lot more pressing issues in the world to worry about other than where this man was born. Once again, this fiasco is a DISGRACE to America and those “birthers” are a disgrace to humankind!!

RAMZAD

January 25th, 2012
7:37 pm

Georgia has perfected stupidity. Just look at the high school graduation rates and you will see.

Hurricane

January 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

This stupid judge should be removed from the bench!!

RAMZAD

January 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

Most Republicans will agree with each other that Hawaii is not a state of the United States of America.
That is the problem for Republicans. Hawaiians look too much like Chinese, and they are convinced that Obama is a black Chinese- not an American.

Ceedog

January 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

The GOP has really become a JOKE, especially in these SOUTHERN states. This garbage is a total waste of tax payers money and time. I don’t know what these IDIOTS are going to do after the POTUS is re-elected for a 2nd term.

Law of Nations

January 25th, 2012
7:41 pm

if Obama has nothing to hide then why is he hiding?

Bruce Springsteen

January 25th, 2012
7:41 pm

George Washington was not born in the USA

Sonny LIED!

January 25th, 2012
7:43 pm

I voted for Obama because of the color of his skin, and NOT because of the content of his KKKharecter! Gee, I got it backwards! hmmmmmm