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Thursday, July 08, 2010
Missouri's Democratic Secretary Of State Demands Republican Senate Candidate Prove U.S. Citizenship
Hector Maldonado is a 38-year-old combat Army veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and he was a first responder after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. When he recently filed in the state of Missouri to run for an open U.S. Senate seat, he received a certified letter from Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who is also running for that same seat, demanding that he produce proof of his U.S. citizenship or face removal from the ballot. The affirmation on his declaration of candidacy and voter registration information apparently just wouldn't cut it for this by the book secretary of state. Maldonado is a naturalized citizen who was actually born in Mexico. When Maldonado questioned Carnahan's office on whether it had requested similar proof from Sen. Barack Obama when he appeared on the presidential ballot in Missouri in 2008, he got no response. Maldonado is now considering a lawsuit against Carnahan's office because of the disparate treatment of his candidacy compared to Obama's, who recently came to Missouri to campaign for her senate candidacy.