New Hampshire's Ballot Law Commission rejected unanimously Friday "birther queen" Orly Taitz's argument to keep President Barack Obama off the presidential ballot because she insists that the president's birth certificate is a fake.
"A child can see this is a forgery," she said in her testimony. She also alleged the president did not have a valid social security number.
The commission, however, rejected her bid to have Obama removed from the ballot, according to the Concord Monitor:
"Is there any decision, any place, by any body -- adjudicatory body -- to the questions you're asking?" said the chairman, Bradford Cook. "Because they've been asked a lot of places."
"No, but --" Taitz began.
"No," Cook said. "Thank you."
"Traitors!" shouted one woman after the committee voted. "Shame on you!" shouted a man. The committee said it did not have the jurisdiction to consider the validity of the birth certificate.
Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. Obama's presidential campaign released a digitally-scanned birth certificate, and the White House released the long-form document in April. Some, however, still refuse to believe that the president was born in the United States.
Taitz took her case last month to Arizona, where she spoke to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a local Tea Party meeting about his "Cold Case Posse" investigating the president's birth certificate. She is running for U.S. Senate in 2012 in California.
"Saying a treasonous liar can go on our ballot?" yelled Republican state Rep. Harry Accornero after the commission announced its decision, according to the Monitor. "You're going to have to face the citizens of Laconia. You better wear a mask."
The Huffington Post's Jordan Howard reported that Accornero recently sent an email to every New Hampshire state representative saying Obama "has crossed the line, and under Article III section 3 of our Constitution is guilty of treason by giving aid and comfort to the enemy and attempting to overthrow our government from within."
The slideshow below shows where the 2012 Republican presidential candidates come down on the birther issue:
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."
Mitt Romney has said definitively that he believes President Obama was born in the United States. "The citizenship test has been passed," Romney said in April, adding "there are real reasons to get this guy out of office."
Presidential hopeful Ron Paul has brushed aside the birther question, saying there's obviously no legitimacy to the claims that Obama wasn't born in the U.S. "I never bring it up," Paul told MSNBC's Chris Matthews in April. "I'm going to leave it to talk show hosts and to Donald Trump, and let you guys argue it out."
From HuffPost's Sam Stein: Fueling the myth mongering that Barack Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said in a recent interview that the president may follow a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview. Gingrich told the National Review, "What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?"
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has stated he has no doubt President Obama was born in Hawaii and is a U.S. citizen, a spokesperson told the Washington Post in March. Santorum told fellow Republicans, "He has a certificate of birth, which is what, if you ask for the record of birth in Hawaii, that is what they give you." After dismissing the birther issue, he said there are plenty of other things to dislike about the current president.