California Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and Candidate for California U.S. Senate
Chuck, your Obama birther connections are bad enough.
It draws the links between Chuckâ€™s support last year of Floyd Brown, an architect of the famous 1988 Willie Horton campaign against Michael Dukakis. Last year, Brown created a campaign to attack then Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Said Brown: â€œIt is absolutely critical that Obamaâ€™s negatives go up with Republicans.â€
Brownâ€™s ad focused on a 2001 vote by then-Illinois state senator Obama. He opposed a bill that would have expanded the use of the death penalty if the perp was in a gang.
However, Chuckâ€™s pals at Time magazine described the adâ€™s â€œlinks between Obamaâ€™s vote on that issue and the deaths of three Chicago residentâ€™s are indirect and tenuous.â€
And, I assume you do not repudiate Floyd Brown since you gave him money.
Nonetheless, asked what he thought of Brownâ€™s ideas, DeVore didnâ€™t take the chance to denounce â€œbirtherâ€ rumors or the movement itselfâ€“which has been heavily active in California.
â€œThe president is doing himself no favors by spending millions of dollars to block the release of documents surrounding his birth certificate,â€ said DeVore. â€œAs long as the president keeps fighting tooth and nail to prevent the release of such things, people are going to remain skeptical.â€ The door was left open, said DeVore, because Hillary Rodham Clintonâ€™s campaign didnâ€™t go after Obamaâ€™s qualifications when it had the chance, and because there were no statutory requirements for verifying a candidateâ€™s citizenship.
But, now in a profile today DeVore has apparently “repositioned himself” with the Birther issue.
Steinhauser dismissed any correlation between Tea Partiers and birthers in the state. “That issue is a distraction,” said Steinhauser, who believes Obama was born in the United States.
DeVore does, too. But in 2008, he led (and gave $1,000 to) Citizens for a Safe and Prosperous America, a political action committee. There, DeVore teamed with high-profile birther Floyd Brown to run an ad campaign against then-presidential candidates Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that criticized their positions on taxes and immigration.
So, Chuck, a little flip-flop or do you simply have two sets of answers? Or is your past Obama birtherism becoming a political liability/embarassment?
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