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Montgomery Blair Sibley Files Birther Lawsuit, Is Running For President On D.C. Voting Rights Platform

Montgomery Sibley

The Huffington Post   Posted: 01/06/12 06:42 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Disbarred District of Columbia attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, who wants to start a medical marijuana cultivation center in the nation's capital, is running for the White House.

Sibley, who is a former lawyer for the late "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey and wrote a book about Palfrey's "judicial lynching," announced his write-in candidacy in a blog post published on Friday:

I, Montgomery Blair Sibley, scion of the Blair Family whose ancestors first called the anti-slavery Republican Party to order at its preliminary convention at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 1856, represented Dred Scott and from whence the Blair House gets its name, announce the commencement of my campaign as a Write-In Candidate for President of the United States. Quixotic as it may appear at first blush, given the vagrancies [sic] of the Electoral College system, I could be elected President with only 13% of the nation-wide popular vote cast in 26 select states and the District of Columbia as detailed in the attached chart.

There does not appear to be any "attached chart," but Sibley does have a clearly laid-out platform: It centers on D.C. voting rights.

He's also calling for the strengthening of "the rule of law" and the repeal of the 17th Amendment, which allows for executive appointments to fill Senate vacancies. Additionally, in a move that could lose him the Tea Party vote, Sibley wants to expand Congress to 10,000 representatives.

On Tuesday, Sibley filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against President "Barrack" Obama. The misspelling is ironic given the nature of the suit.

The suit seeks a judgment "ousting Obama as President of the United States and/or preventing him from holding the franchise of being on the ballot for that office in 2012 insomuch as he is not a 'natural born Citizen' of the United States as required by Article II, sec. 1, of the U.S. Constitution." In the suit, Sibley presents the evidence that he is a natural-born citizen, and is eligible to be president. He is asking for a jury trial.

Other "birther" suits have been denied on standing grounds, meaning that the courts have found the parties bringing the suits haven't shown they'll be personally affected by the outcome of the case. In his complaint, Sibley argues that because of his own run for the presidency, he does have the requisite personal connection to the suit's outcome.

According to online court records, President Obama hasn't yet responded to Sibley's complaint.

Sibley says on his blog he will not accept contributions for his campaign. He asks instead that supporters buy his D.C. Madam book, "Why Just Her," and spread the word of his campaign.

"Additionally," he writes, "you can follow my blog. That way you can keep up with what will be an interesting campaign, I can assure you."

RELATED VIDEO: Dave Weigel's 2008 video of Montgomery Blair Sibley talking about his disbarment, and his genital size, at the National Press Club.

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