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Orly Taitz Senate Campaign: 'Birther Queen' Running As GOP Candidate For U.S. Senate Seat In California

Orly Taitz Senate

First Posted: 11/04/11 01:29 AM ET Updated: 11/04/11 12:23 PM ET

Orly Taitz is running for U.S. Senate. Taitz, who made a name for herself questioning the veracity of President Obama's birth certificate, will run as a GOP candidate in an effort to unseat Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Taitz, sometimes referred to as the "Birther Queen," told The Daily Caller, "I'm very confident that I'll be able to get the Republican nomination and I will be able to win the general election." She continued, "I'm best known of the candidates who have announced that they are running." The Caller reports that Taitz's campaign "is, perhaps surprisingly, almost entirely focused on economic issues."

The Sacramento Bee reported in September that Taitz, a dentist and attorney in Irvine, CA, was "absolutely" considering a run against Feinstein. "I think I do have a chance specifically because I do speak Spanish and I speak Hebrew," Taitz told the Bee.

This is not Taitz's first attempt to run for public office. In 2010, she attempted to run as the Republican nominee for California Secretary of State. Taitz was defeated for the nomination by former NFL player Damon Dunn.

Taitz has made it something of a mission to prove that Obama is not eligible to be President. She has unsuccessfully attempted to prove in court that Obama's presidency is not legitmate. The description on her own website reads, "World's Leading Obama Eligibility Challenge Web Site."

She also perceives herself as a victim of the mainstream media because, in her words, "I dare to be the only person who brought to court not only the issue of lack of the original birth certificate for Obama (not that piece of garbage he posted on the Internet without the name of the doctor and the name of the hospital), but also the issue of his use of multiple social security numbers, none of which was issued in HI." Taitz elaborates, "I know that sooner or later the truth will be out and my legal efforts will be vindicated and probably will be part of history books."

The White House released Obama's long form birth certificate in April.

Soon after the release of the long form birth certificate, Taitz appeared on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" and got into a shouting match with O'Donnell. The host, frustrated that Taitz would not address the release of the document, cut off the interview halfway into the conversation.

Taitz appeared at an Arizona Tea Party meeting in late October with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is investigating Obama's birth certificate and explained to the group, "there could be a shock there somewhere that my guys came up with. I can't talk too much about it. It's in the process." Taitz also spoke and received applause from the crowd after talking about her belief that Obama was not born in the U.S.

The slideshow below shows the GOP presidential candidates' take on birtherism:
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After meeting with hardline birther Donald Trump, Republican Presidential contender Rick Perry told Parade Magazine "doesn't have a definitive answer" on whether Obama was born in the United States. Perry said that in discussing the birther issue with Trump, he told Trump "I don't have any idea. It doesn't really matter ... It's a distractive issue."
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Filed by Adam Goldberg  |