LANSING – The Hill is reporting that former Congressman Pete Hoekstra believes that the federal government should establish an Office of the Birther, led by a Birther Czar. Speaking at a Tea Party event in Lapeer County earlier this month, Hoekstra told the audience that he “would like to establish a three person office in Washington, DC…knowing it would grow to five” made up of FBI and CIA agents investigating birth certificates.
· Raw video from the Lapeer County Tea Party, with the question, can be found here.
Hoekstra went on to describe what that office would look like if he could design it:
· “[The office] should be an FBI person, maybe a CIA person and one person managing those two people and just if you want to run for President, you’ve got to go with the right, proper documentation and go to that person and get it certified that you meet the qualifications to be President of the United States.”
In response to Hoekstra’s call for a new federal office to investigate presidential candidates, Mark Brewer, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, said:
· “You can’t get much further outside the mainstream than calling for the creation of a birther office staffed by the CIA and FBI. Our leaders should be focused on creating jobs, not on creating a new federal bureaucracy to comb through birth certificates. Hoekstra’s radical plan to appoint a Birther Czar shows just how far he’ll go to win the support of Tea Party radicals like Donald Trump.”
In his response, Hoekstra also criticized Senator John McCain for choosing not to pursue the birther debate when he ran for President in 2008:
· “I hate to say it, but I think the debates over we lost that debate and we lost that debate in 2008 when our presidential nominee said ‘I ain’t talking about it.’ Okay, I’m sorry. What I do now believe that – I’d like to establish a three person office in Washington, DC.”
Hoekstra served in the United States House of Representatives for eighteen years. He was a member of the House Select Intelligence Committee and served as Chair for four years, between 2004 and 2007.
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