After a week of unwanted attention that seemed to end with him signing on to Rep. Bill Posey's (R-Fla.) bill to demand birth certificates from future presidential candidates, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has released the audio and transcript from the town hall where, according to the Mohave Daily News, he had talked about suing for proof of the president's citizenship.
The real story on what Franks revealed at the town hall? He was "terrified" of Obama and "willing to go into a lawsuit," and "did all kinds of research" that, at first, did nothing to calm him. He only saw 1961 newspaper reports of Obama's birth "about three days before we were going to launch a lawsuit." According to the congressman's spokeswoman, Bethany Haley, this period of investigation and decision came before the election.