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Updated May 22, 2012 - 9:47 am

Bennett releases anti-Obama ballot emails

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett gave a glimpse of the over 1,200 emails he's received about President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Bennett said the emails have come to him ever since Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Cold Case Posse claimed that Obama's birth certificate was forged.

In one e-mail, Brian Reilly of the Surprise Tea Party said that he would support Bennett for governor if Bennett refused to put Obama's name on the Arizona ballot unless the president or the Democratic National Committee could give "information that is satisfactory" to Bennett and the posse that Obama's Hawaii birth certificate is authentic.

Bennett replied to Reilly and assured him that Obama's name won't be on the ballot if Hawaii doesn't provide verification.

Legislative District 4 Director Jim Keller sent Bennett an email suggesting he keep Obama's name off of the ballot, saying Arpaio's investigation proves that Obama does not meet the qualifications to be president of the country

Bennett has sent out an e-mail with this response:

"I can tell from the tone and language of your letters that the only acceptable outcome for you is that his name not be on the ballot, period. That may be what happens, but under my watch, it won't happen based on opinions, petitions, probability or pledges to support or oppose me in the 2014 Governor's race. My oath of office is to uphold the Constitution and laws of our State and country, and I'm going to do that by following the law. I look forward to continuing to work this issue under those parameters. Otherwise, I will respectfully agree to disagree."

You can read more samples of the emails by clicking here.


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