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.


Cato said...

I thought he played for the Cubs? On a more serious note, Carnahan and her office are bad news.

ORealy said...

He should simply ask her if she also provided proof of her own citizenship as part of her filing ... (I'm betting that her signed statement was found to be acceptable)

This insanity that we should apply special rules to certain people because of their race, name or background is insane. Either a sworn statement is accepted or it isn't.

Marycatherine Barton said...

Let's hope that Maldanado does sue the daylights out of Carnahan. Her candidacy for U.S. Senate must be in trouble.

dcrutch said...

I don't know who is of what party in this matter. It doesn't matter. What matters is the "disparate treatment".

I'm pleased that we have a country capable of electing a guy that looks different than all the Presidents before him. I don't want only one political party (you think it's bad now!), and definitely don't believe that either conservatives or liberals have a cornerstone on "the truth" and a teflon coating against corruption.

But, explain to me- how does President Obama gets a pass, gets his "disparate treatment" on the issue of his birth and his lack or personal records shared with the public, other than being perceived as black, Democratic, and liberal?