An article from The Huffington Post explains that Taitz, whose claim to fame is questioning the president's citizenship, is facing a weak primary challenge from the GOP, meaning she could possibly win the Republican nomination for the position, and if that is the case, the Republicans running for governor may face an unwanted burden.
Kasie Hunt wrote of Taitz's campaign for Poltico:
“It’d be a disaster for the Republican party,” says James Lacy, a conservative GOP operative in the state. “Can you imagine if [gubernatorial candidate] Meg Whitman and [candidate for Lt. Gov.] Abel Maldonado — both of whom might have a chance to win in November — had to run with Orly Taitz as secretary of state, who would make her cockamamie issues about Obama’s birth certificate problems at the forefront of her activities?”A Taitz victory can mean terrible things for the GOP, having the Sarah Palin effect on the race. In 2008, I was interested in all the candidates and when it came down to Barack Obama and John McCain, I was very interested in both until the selection of Sarah Palin. After researching the vice-presidential candidate and listening to her views on various positions, and just listening to her in general, my preference shifted towards the Democratic presidential candidate that election cycle.
“There is no Republican candidate for statewide office that would be willing to have her campaign with them,” says Adam Probolsky, a spokesman for the Orange County Republican Party.
But longtime California GOP strategist Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes the California Target Book, says a Taitz victory is entirely possible. “It will be a complete embarrassment if she wins, but these things can happen,” he said.
Taitz, who was born in Moldova, immigrated to the U.S. from Israel in 1987, and is now a practicing dentist in Laguna Niguel, gained considerable media exposure for her contention, against all evidence, that Obama lied about being born in Hawaii and under the Constitution cannot be president.
Her views are so extreme that she was disinvited to an April tea party rally featuring Republican Senate candidates Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore — and both were quick to distance themselves from her, saying they did not know she had been scheduled to attend.
DeVore’s spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that DeVore “strongly disapproves of Orly Taitz and the crazy theories she continues to advance,” while a Fiorina spokeswoman said Obama is “absolutely eligible for the presidency.”
Also, what I find interesting is that Republican candidates are now being forced to choose between supporting the teabag base or embrace the more moderate views - these candidates know that it would be near impossible to get elected in California if they take such radical positions. Disowning such radical claims will only highlight the symbiotic relationship between the Tea Party and the GOP. Let's just hope that Democrats and the media step out of their Spiral of Silence and point out just how exactly this minority fringe group is attempting to influence national politics.