On Monday, December 15, the United States Supreme Court turned down another challenge to President-elect Obama’s eligibility to serve as president because of his citizenship. The most recent challenger, Cort Wrotnowski of Greenwich, Connecticut, argued that Obama was a British subject at birth and thus was not a “natural born citizen.” Just two days later, Justice Anthony Kennedy rejected without comment another similar challenge.
There is at least one additional challenge to Obama’s citizenship still alive.
On November 13, Alan Keyes and Wiley Drake, Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the American Independent Party, filed suit in California Superior Court in Sacramento seeking to bar the California Secretary of State from certifying to Governor Schwarzenegger the names of the Electors and from transmitting to each presidential Elector a Certificate of Election until “documentary proof is produced and verified showing that President-elect Obama is a ‘natural born’ citizen and does not hold citizenship in Indonesia, Kenya or Great Britain.” Keyes and Drake are being represented Orly Taitz and Gary Kreep of the United Justice Foundation.
The suit suggests that the fact that there have been other legal challenges to President-elect’s “natural born” citizenship status proves that “reasonable doubt exists as to the eligibility of the Democratic Party’s nominee for President.” According to the suit, both Keyes and Drake have been “irreparably harmed by being unable to compete in a fair and unbiased election.”
Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, California and former 2nd Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention, recently sat down for an interview with Matt Coker of the OC Weekly, a politically progressive weekly paper in Orange County, California. The OC Weekly is a sister publication of both the LA Weekly and The Village Voice.
During the interview, Drake accuses the director of Health and Vital Statistics in Hawaii who verified as authentic President-Elect Obama’s birth certificate of lying. Citing his former position as 2nd Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention, Drake claims that he will pray for “Barack Hussein Obama” ONLY IF Obama “can prove he is a bona-fide, constitutional, natural-born candidate.” However, Drake has no plan to quit fighting Obama. “If we lose…if Mr. Obama is indeed inaugurated, we will file a lawsuit against the inauguration for being illegal and against the chief justice of the Supreme Court for swearing in a usurper,” says Drake. With Drake’s support, Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation plans to file separate lawsuits for each bill or executive order that Obama signs. Drake explains, “For every decision he makes, it’s gonna be tied up in court.”