Arizona birther Secretary of State Ken Bennett apologized for "embarrassment" he "might have" caused the State by demanding verification of the President's birth certificate. After three months of argument between the states, Hawaii sent "verification."
Despite having received the verification he requested, Bennett still insists the President was born in Kenya and is, therefore, ineligible to run for the office. Quixotically, he also insists he is not a member of the birther movement. That's probably true, since that movement has no formal membership, but to keep insisting the President is a Kenyan in the face of the verification he requested and received marks him as a birther nonetheless.
Hawaii demanded proof that he was a State official as he claimed (Hawaiian law provides for verifying State documents to proper officials from other states). Despite information sent, Hawaii kept requesting more proof... for three months. The state has been inundated by such requests since Obama became a candidate. Since Sheriff Joe Arpaio began his investigation, people he has made members of his "Threats Management Unit" have used their appointments to claim rights as government officials. Hawaiian officials aren't buying it. They've grown tired of it, and just a wee bit cynical.
Why, if he is not in fact a birther, would Arizona's Secretary of State, an elected position that should surely be impartial, not only demand proof (despite proofs already provided, including an official copy of the President's long form birth certificate posted on the President's website), but publicly insist after he has received what he requested, that the question is still valid (but he IS going to put the President's name on the November ballot). Why keep the question alive in political discourse after he has apologized for embarrassing Arizona by asking it? Could he have a political axe to grind? Turns out... the answer is a resounding "Yes."
It seems Arizona birther Secretary of State Ken Bennett has done more than sideline his impartiality. Kenny-the-birther has made himself co-chair of Romney's Arizona election committee! He's going to keep this nonsense alive in Arizona for all the campaign if he can.
Secretary of State Bennett wasn't the first State official to embarrass the State of Arizona, and he likely won't be the last. What is wrong with this State? It allows a State Legislator who has well-publicized ties to American Nazis to write an immigration law that federal courts have declared racist and unconstitutional.
The Sheriff of its Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, makes non-forensic copies of an internet posted document (the aforementioned birth certificate on the President's website), and declares it a fake because it's obviously a copy of a scanned copy. Duh! How does he suppose it got on the website in the first place?
And now comes the Arizona birther Ken Bennett, Secretary of State, challenging the birth certificate, and continuing to challenge it even after he's been given all the information he requested from Hawaii... to help his candidate in the presidential election trash his opponent with nonsense and lies.
Democrats have accused him of using the issue to score cheap political points. Seriously? How could they say such a thing about an obviously politically biased State official?