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July 3, 2009

Lamar lawmaker, House leader from Joplin at odds on matter

By Wally Kennedy

wkennedy@joplinglobe.com

Is President Barack Obama’s citizenship still in question?

State Rep. Ed Emery, a Lamar Republican who plans to run for the state Senate, thinks so, and says for that reason that he this week attended an event on behalf of his constituents.

His attendance Wednesday at an event at which Orly Taitz, a California dentist and lawyer, continued to challenge Obama’s citizenship has Emery at opposites with House Speaker Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, on the matter.

“I don’t think it’s an issue,” said Richard, who is known for blunt reactions. “I’m not concerned about that. We have no jurisdiction to look at something like that, and I wasn’t consulted about this meeting.’’

Even though concerns over Obama’s citizenship have been widely debunked by state officials in Hawaii, and even though the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to even give the notion a thought, Emery says he remains unconvinced.

Emery said he was at the event Wednesday at a Jefferson City hotel to listen to Taitz’s arguments and hear her evidence. He was the only recognized legislator at that meeting.

Later that day, Taitz spoke at St. Louis. In attendance there were state Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O’Fallon, and a representative of state Rep. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay. They, too, said they attended to hear Taitz’s position.

Taitz alleged that Obama was born in Kenya, the home country of his father; that Obama has failed to produce a true copy of his Hawaii birth certificate; the birth documentation he has produced may be a forgery; that the president has falsified his Selective Service papers and his application to the Illinois bar; and that the president may have as many as 25 Social Security numbers.

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