A Georgia judge made news Wednesday by allowing California attorney Orly Taitz to present a case that President Barack Obama isn't a U.S. citizen at a hearing later this month.
For officials at the N.C. State Board of Elections, Taitz is a familiar name. The self-professed leader of the "birther" movement presented a similar petition to N.C. elections officials last month.
Taitz filed a complaint on behalf of Winston-Salem resident Danny Alan Vestal requesting an emergency hearing for elections fraud concerning Obama's status on the 2012 ballot. The complaint contends that Obama's Hawaii birth certificate is a forgery and suggest Don Wright, the elections board's general counsel, is downplaying the issue.
"Mr. Wright, you and the boards are not doing your jobs. There should be initiated immediately investigations of Barack Obama for elections fraud in all 100 NC counties. Obama is guilty of massive criminality," Vestal wrote in a December email. "To quote Dr. Taitz, you need 'to act upon evidence that Barack Hussein Obama is committing the biggest elections fraud in the history of this nation.'"
Wright replied to Vestal saying the board doesn't have jurisdiction regarding some of his claims about Social Security numbers or birth records. He also said the ballot issue isn't ripe because Obama hasn't been formally nominated yet. "Several court decisions have confirmed that he was and is qualified to hold the office of President. They have been no court decisions to the contrary," Wright wrote.
Taitz then sent a letter to Wright, providing documents from the Georgia case, and condemning Wright for a response that "was an insult to human intelligence and a de facto violation of Mr. Vestal's civil right to participate in a lawful election."
The Taitz email to Wright goes on to make other salacious allegations and asks for a hearing. In a recent interview, Wright declined to discuss the matter.