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3 Republican representatives question Obama's background

CONCORD —Three state representatives Tuesday asked the state Attorney General's Office to launch an investigation to determine whether President Barack Obama meets the citizenship requirements to be President.

Reps. Laurence Rappaport, R-Colebrook, and Carol and Lucien Vita, both R-Middleton, said they believe Obama is not eligible to be President because his father was not a U.S. citizen, and thus he would not be a natural-born citizen and could not serve as President.

Previously, the group's attorney, Orly Tzitz, of California had asked the Ballot Law Commission to remove the President's name from the ballot, but the commission turned down the request. Tzitz has appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, Rappaport said.

The Obama administration released the President's detailed birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii to a U.S. born-mother and Kenyan-born father.

&#';This is not a birther issue, not a consideration of where Mr. Obama was born,&#'; Rappaport said. &#';Our concern is only if he is a natural born citizen.&#';

He and other representatives said the secretary of state, attorney general and Ballot Law Commission have neglected their duties in not investigating whether the President is qualified to be on the state ballot.

Mark Rossetti of Manchester, who was with the representatives, said &#';This is the largest crime ever pulled off on the American people.&#'; He said the citizens of the state have been disenfranchised.

Rappaport said the state attorney general has not responded to the group's request.

State Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley said, &#';This is tinfoil hat time,&#'; and another example of &#';crazy town&#'; under the current Republican leadership.

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