Attorney in ‘birther’ action jumps into state Senate race

State Rep. Mark Hatfield, who raised eyebrows as the attorney in an effort have the name of President Barack Obama stripped from next Tuesday’s presidential primary ballot, became the first Republican to announce that he’ll seek the Senate seat now occupied by Greg Goggans, R-Douglas.

Goggans, citing economic pressures, has decided not to seek a fifth term in the Senate.

Hatfield, who has feuded with the leadership of House Speaker David Ralston, was drawn into the same district as state Rep. Jason Spence, R-Woodbine, in the last redistricting session.
From Hatfield’s press release:

“I will be running for the Senate to provide conservative, independent leadership for South Georgia,” said Hatfield.

Hatfield will be running in the newly-reconfigured Senate District 7, which includes all of Ware, Coffee, Bacon, Pierce, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Irwin, Atkinson, and Berrien counties, and a portion of both Charlton and Tift counties.

Hatfield has represented large portions of the new Senate District 7 during his time in the House, and he said that uniquely prepares him to represent those same people in the State Senate.

“I know the people of South Georgia want an independent person who stands up for everybody. They want a conservative, pro-life, pro-family senator who stands for his principles even when it is not popular. I have kept that commitment while serving in the House, and I will keep that commitment if elected to the State Senate,” said Hatfield.

Hatfield drew up the complaint filed by a parties who question Obama’s birth in the United States and challenged Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s placement of Obama as the sole name on Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary ballot. (Hawaiian state officials have provided, time and again, documentation of Obama’s birth.)

An administrative judge recently dismissed the complaint, which Hatfield has appealed to a Fulton County Superior Court judge.

As soon as I posted the above, I went downstairs to the basement of the Legislative Office Building, only to find Hatfield in the snack bar — delighted at being able to escape the dilemma of whether to run against a House colleague. He pointed to this piece in the Waycross Journal-Herald.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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110 comments Add your comment

Will

February 29th, 2012
1:32 pm

Is this the same “yahoo” who believes Governor Romney and Senator Rubio are not eligible to be President because either they or their parents were not born on American soil?

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
1:40 pm

td

February 29th, 2012
1:43 pm

If Hatfield decides to run then he will win in his district with more that 60% of the vote.

honested

February 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

Birther nonsense aside, Rep. Hatfield is a stand up guy.
Good luck to him.

JOHN

February 29th, 2012
1:49 pm

Ok.. Jim… who cares!! Why do you liberal keep writing this crap? NOTE TO JIM… OLD NEWS!!!

Old Cracker

February 29th, 2012
1:59 pm

When will someone in the General Assembly finally file and pass a bill requiring cars on state roads to go backwards? When that happens we can REALLY show the rest of the world that we are a state of voters desperately clinging to the past as the world moves forward without us. Good work, Jim, and please keep it up! Your sanity makes me a mite more optimistic.

GET REAL

February 29th, 2012
2:02 pm

Only in America could a nutjob like Hatfield get elected to public office. God help us all !!!!

person

February 29th, 2012
2:03 pm

“(Hawaiian state officials have provided, time and again, documentation of Obama’s birth.)” This statement by Galloway is absolutely and patently FALSE. The original document has NEVER been produced for verification. The copies have been shown to be forgeries. Shame, shame, shame on the AJC.

Carole

February 29th, 2012
2:07 pm

I still wonder how he got in public office i the first place. He truly epitomizes his last name as a feuding hick.

Carole

February 29th, 2012
2:09 pm

person
The original document has NEVER been produced for verification. The copies have been shown to be forgeries. Shame, shame, shame on the AJC.

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Shown to be forgeries by whom????

local voter

February 29th, 2012
2:12 pm

Well why don’t you report the news instead of trying to influence the otucome. If you going to editorilize then label it as that. Stop trying to be the news and just report it and keep your opinions to yourself. I’m one of those people that voted Mark to go to Atlanta and he looks out for his people. For those of you who may not realize it there is a Georgia outside of the expressways of Atlanta.

tman

February 29th, 2012
2:17 pm

John MCain was born in Panama and no one says anything he ran for president.

Filter

February 29th, 2012
2:19 pm

Only in GEORGIA could a nutjob like Hatfield get elected to public office. God help us all !!!!

Jim Beam

February 29th, 2012
2:19 pm

Jim, I must say reading these post are most interesting. But here is a name for you John Knox, maybe he should run for this senate seat. He is one of the first Republicans elected from that part of the state and not as crazy as Mr. Hatfield.

td

February 29th, 2012
2:23 pm

Filter

February 29th, 2012
2:19 pm

And you think Hatfield is more of a “nutjob” then Cynthia McKinney and she repersented the state in the US congress.

No Longer Republican

February 29th, 2012
2:24 pm

uuuh local voter…this is an opinion column. There is a difference between a news story and a personal column. No wonder people from south Georgia keep electing idiots. Geez

No Longer Republican

February 29th, 2012
2:27 pm

TD you are right Mckinney is on the nutjob train, but Mr. Hatfield is right there with her. He is just ok for you because his stupid ideas and thoughts are alot like yours.

morn

February 29th, 2012
2:27 pm

person, you are an idiot. Only a moron claims the documentation provided by Hawaii is forged. You birthers are the biggest bunch of freaking nutcases that has ever emerged in any country at any time. Go away, far away

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
2:27 pm

Filter. Nut jobs like Hank Johnson and Cynthia McKinney?

Anthony

February 29th, 2012
2:29 pm

td, they are both nutjobs in their own way, but I will grant you that McKinney is by far the bigger nutjob. GA is good at electing “looneys” to public office regardless of their party affiliation. We have and have had plenty of idiots serving in the legislature.

WOW

February 29th, 2012
2:31 pm

TD you are correct and I rarely agree with anything you post, McKinney was a nut job and a constant embarrassment to the state.

But Hatfield will be as well, two wrongs don’t make a right.

Denise

February 29th, 2012
2:31 pm

I saw that coming. Anything to get a vote…what’s next?

Mary Margaret

February 29th, 2012
2:32 pm

As a christian, I forgive him.

Michael

February 29th, 2012
2:34 pm

Hope he gets elected as he might be a stand up guy to some, but he is like the Fruitcake Lady to others.

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
2:35 pm

WOW……”Will be” and “is” are two very different things.

td

February 29th, 2012
2:36 pm

No Longer Republican

February 29th, 2012
2:27 pm

Did you actually read what Hatfield said? He believes Obama is a citizen and was born in HI and his BC is authentic. His question (and might I add mine as well) was what does the term “Natural born citizen” mean in regard to the President and VP qualifications to hold the office? He believes it to mean that both your parents had to be born in the US for you to be eligible to hole the office. He has also questioned Romney’s and Rubio’s qualifications (so it is not a partisan issue in his mind). Is this really nutty?

Mary Margaret

February 29th, 2012
2:45 pm

Is this really nutty? Is a frog’s arse water tight?

Carole

February 29th, 2012
2:49 pm

td
He believes it to mean that both your parents had to be born in the US for you to be eligible to hole the office. He has also questioned Romney’s and Rubio’s qualifications (so it is not a partisan issue in his mind). Is this really nutty?
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Yes it is. Because the issue has NEVER come up until now. You state that this is what he BELIEVES. Has he not read all of the arguments regarding the issue on both sides? Why not accept the fact that it’s pretty ambiguous, but no one EVER challenged a president’s right to be that based on this until now. That makes him and his clients nutty.

pb

February 29th, 2012
2:49 pm

tman @ 2:17 pm,

Not that it really matters now, but no once questioned John Mc Cain’s citizenship, because he was born in Panama Canal Zone, then considered a U. S. territory. ( Don’t know if it is now, since U.S gave the canal back to Panama way back when Jimmy Carter was president.) Story about Obama being a citizen or not is a dead issue. Every time “birthers” go to court, they lose. But to them, I suppose that’s part of the “conspiracy.” Makes for some good laughs.

Lars

February 29th, 2012
2:50 pm

“I am a conservative, government-in-every-area-of-your-private-life, but government OUT of regulations which make your life safer, Republican.” Thanks–we need another one of those.

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
2:54 pm

Lars…Examples.

WOW

February 29th, 2012
2:56 pm

@ Carole:

Not to mention that its also a waste of court time and taxpayer money, which I thought conservatives were against.

Sterling Smith

February 29th, 2012
2:56 pm

It’s really embarrassing as a native born Georgian living in Illinois to be linked to people like McKinney and Hatfield. Both are prime examples of how extremist beliefs have no place in a sensible society. To read all these post that support nutcakes like Hatfield is so disheartening. I see a future run for govenor for Hatfield……

td

February 29th, 2012
2:57 pm

Carole

February 29th, 2012
2:49 pm

I guess since it has not been questioned in the past then one should never bring up the a Constitutional issue? Sounds a little partisan to me.

Georgia , The "New Mississippi"

February 29th, 2012
2:59 pm

Citizens are going to continue to pay a heavy , heavy price dealing with this GOP Johnny Reb logic.

DannyX

February 29th, 2012
2:59 pm

“Did you actually read what Hatfield said?”

Hatfield’s case was so weak an empty table beat him in court.

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
3:02 pm

DannyX….Actually no it is not that easy. Do you know what Hatfield’s arguement was?

Next!

February 29th, 2012
3:03 pm

It’s a shame he’s leaving the House. Anyone smart enough to “feud” with Ralston & Co. should be rewarded with tenure the length of this haphazard speakership.

Mary Margaret

February 29th, 2012
3:06 pm

Why is God not mentioned in the Constitution?

Carole

February 29th, 2012
3:07 pm

td
I guess since it has not been questioned in the past then one should never bring up the a Constitutional issue? Sounds a little partisan to me.
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It’s not partisan. This is just a waste of time. 1. It has been defeated in court time and again. 2. Because it’s such a convoluted concept there will probably NEVER be a court that will agree to his “belief” about what the term means. But you know what, lawyers don’t necessarily get paid because they win so my hat is off to him for that.

Rick

February 29th, 2012
3:09 pm

tman

February 29th, 2012
2:17 pm
John MCain was born in Panama and no one says anything he ran for president.

And Congress had hearing to determine if he was eligible. As they have on other people who might not be eligible, but not on Obama.

Now you've done it

February 29th, 2012
3:12 pm

Georgia…going backward at warp speed.

td

February 29th, 2012
3:12 pm

Carole

February 29th, 2012
3:07 pm

You are actually incorrect. The Federal courts have not thrown the cases out on the merits but instead because they believe they do not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter without it first going through the state courts (states are the ones that set the rules to get on state ballots). There is only one state court that has heard the issue about the qualifications and rules that “natural born citizen” was the same as citizen.

You do know that the case in Georgia has been appealed to the Superior court in Fulton county?

pb

February 29th, 2012
3:16 pm

td,

Give it a rest… More important things to worry about.

Travis McGee

February 29th, 2012
3:17 pm

Anyone who reads some of the posts on this blog and doesn’t believe in Darwin is an idiot.

detritusUSA

February 29th, 2012
3:17 pm

Recently joking with a friend, I was asked how to spell Georgia. Was it G-e-o-r-g-i-a or Gawja? I replied: It is correctly spelled B-e-n-i-g-h-t-e-d.

xdog

February 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

Rick

February 29th, 2012
3:26 pm

td – The case was not ruled on based on the merits. The defense did not show up. Based on the merits, it would have been a default judgement for the plantiff.

DannyX

February 29th, 2012
3:30 pm

“You do know that the case in Georgia has been appealed to the Superior court in Fulton county?”

The empty table will win again.

ramguy68

February 29th, 2012
3:33 pm

td 2:36 pm Is this really nutty?

Yes it is and I’m sure you know it is. Instead of skirting the fence on this, why don’t you just come out and say it. When you put up the “well what about so and so” remarks you are really defending.this guy. Just say the guy is ignoramus and get it over with or nobody is going take anything you write with any degree of seriousness.