CHICAGO
06/19/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Champaign City Council Reacts To Mayor Jerry Schweighart's Birther Comments

John O'Connor didn't set out for the Tea Party rally intending to expose Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart as a Birther. Honest. The grad student at the U of I Center for Writing Studies was hoping to get some insight into the movement for his research into web-mediated political discourse, and was collecting video for that purpose.

"It started that I walked up and introduced myself, and he politely said, 'How are you doing?'" O'Connor said in a phone interview with Joel Gillespie yesterday. "The first question I asked was, 'Do you support the Tea Party?' And he kind of laughed and said something to the effect of, 'Yeah, that's why I'm here.'" And then the immortal Q&A in the video clip ensued.

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