Where does SDGOP stand on President Obama’s citizenship?

Where does SDGOP stand on President Obama’s citizenship?

That’s the question Democrats are asking after Thomas Scheveck of Rapid City filed an official complaint to the State Elections Board and Secretary of State Jason Gant challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship and in turn his ability to be on the ballot in November.

Ben Nesselhuf, Chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party, says South Dakotans have a right to know where the state Republican party stands on this radical challenge.

“South Dakotans deserve to know whether the South Dakota GOP defends or denounces radical positions within its party. Staying silent on the issue is just tacit approval. South Dakotans have a right to know where the SDGOP stands,” says Nesselhuf.

The Secretary of State and State Elections Board will hear the official complaint on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 10am CST. Complaints are supposed to be open to all public, but an elections official with the Secretary of State’s office has so far said it will be public only to those who can attend the meeting in Pierre.

Background

Obama’s Citizenship Challenge Faces State Elections Board. “A Rapid City man, Thomas Scheveck, has filed an official complaint to the state Board of Elections and Secretary of State Jason Gant, challenging the validity of President Barack Obama’s citizenship. Scheveck argues that Obama shouldn’t be allowed on the South Dakota election ballot because, Scheveck claims, he’s not a natural-born U.S. citizen. Scheveck basis his argument on his interpretation of a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1875 that Scheveck says defines a natural-born U.S. citizen as a person whose parents were U.S. citizens. The Board of Elections will hold a meeting Friday morning by conference call to review the request.” [PurePierrePolitics, 5.8.12]

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