Trent Franks: Obama Should ‘Settle’ Birth Conspiracy ‘Once and For All’

August 24, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

Bethany Haley, a spokeswoman for the Republican congressman from Arizona, expands on the comments Franks made about President Obama’s citizenship at a town hall meeting this weekend. Franks was misquoted, says Haley, and only said that “he had, at one time, considered the possibility of filing a lawsuit back when the issue was first brought to his attention before and just after the election.”

But Haley also drags Franks deeper into the controversy:

[He] believes it’s ridiculous for the President of the United States, who ran on a platform of transparency and accountability, to dismiss so glibly the concerns of literally millions of Americans, and allow such a ridiculous debate to continue when it could so easily be settled once and for all.

That’s an interesting standard. According to a 2005 Gallup poll, 37 percent of Americans believe that houses can be haunted, 21 percent believe that Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials, and 21 percent believe in witches. So literally tens of millions of Americans are concerned about those issues. However, a quick search of the Lexis and Thomas databases finds no evidence that Franks has ever introduced legislation *or *filed lawsuits that would get Americans closer to the truth about haunted houses.

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