It seems that as campaigns hit high gear, now is the time to distance themselves from those who propagated such wild tales. Take into consideration California assemblyman Chuck DeVore.
"The president is doing himself no favors by spending millions of dollars to block the release of documents surrounding his birth certificate," DeVore said to Dave Weigel. "As long as the president keeps fighting tooth and nail to prevent the release of such things, people are going to remain skeptical."
Of course, DeVore later released a statement through his communications director reaffirming Devore's belief in the legitimacy of the president. Is it possible that his statement was only meant to illustrate a political distraction? Yes, but I think there is more to DeVore, who has pretty much adopted every other Tea Party talking point.
Most recently, "birther" queen Orly Taitz had been uninvited from a Tea Party Rally in which Chuck DeVore was scheduled to attend. DeVore spokesman, Josh Trevino, issued the following statement:
"I can say emphatically that the Chuck DeVore campaign and Chuck DeVore himself strongly disapproves of Orly Taitz and the crazy theories she continues to advance."Why can't DeVore, or any other conservative candidate actually argue the matter for the president, instead of issuing a vague statement of disapproval?
Also consider that DeVore is endorsed by the Tea Parties, and according to this recent poll by CBS, a majority of Tea Partiers either believe the president was born outside the country or are unsure of his citizenship...
While you can't choose your followers, you can refuse their endorsements, but in doind so, you will most likely alienate their most important feature - their money.