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It was August 17, 2011. Approximately 350 people had gathered for a meeting of the Arizona Surprise Tea Party to hear Dr. Jerome Corsi discuss his new book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” I had read Dr. Corsi’s book, and what it revealed about Barack Obama was troubling to say the least. The book reinforced my concerns that developed after viewing President Obama’s birth certificate, which was posted as a computer PDF file on the White House website on April 27, 2011.

At this point, I must clear up some issues. I was not then, nor am I now a “Birther.” I simply wanted to know the truth about the various anomalies that I had viewed on the President’s birth certificate. The Left has strategically, but erroneously given credit to Dr. Jerome Corsi as being the initiator of the plan for Sheriff Arpaio to investigate the Obama document. Dr. Corsi came to the August 17, 2011 Surprise Tea Party meeting at my request, at my personal expense and after I gave him my written proposal about petitioning Sheriff Arpaio for a criminal investigation into Obama’s long form birth certificate. Dr. Corsi graciously consented to participate. Apparently, because it was easier to discredit the project as “conspiratorial” in nature, Dr. Corsi was labeled the initiator of the project by the Left. Dr. Corsi was simply the draw for my petition. As the initiators of the project, Denise and I were interviewed for over 3 hours by 5 members of the non-profit corporation called The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Posse ( MCSO CCP). The first question asked by the CCP? “Are you going to write a book or run for public office?” We replied that our motivation for the request was to seek the truth and not to write a book or run for political office. Dr. Corsi was subsequently interviewed by the CCP. I still give credit to the good Lord for the idea.

For the 242 of you who signed my petition nearly two years ago, I want to thank you for having the courage to take a stand for the truth, especially in light of the current Obama Administration scandals that are being revealed almost on a daily basis. I believe that I have a responsibility to give you a brief update regarding what has transpired during the past twenty-two and a half months.

During our August 18, 2011 meeting with Sheriff Arpaio, my wife Denise and I, along with three members of the Surprise Tea Party and Dr. Corsi, presented the petition with your signatures requesting a criminal investigation into the alleged Obama birth certificate. On August 22, 2011, I met alone with Sheriff Arpaio and Chief Sands and presented a formal letter of request for the investigation along with an evidence book. I was asked by Sheriff Arpaio to become the liaison between the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Surprise Tea Party. Sheriff Arpaio assigned the investigation to the all-volunteer MCSO CCP. The Sheriff also directed that all documentation was to flow to the MCSO through me. This one directive soon became a major issue of contention when Dr. Orly Taitz tried to submit information to the investigation. She was informed by the CCP about the process. She objected and was rather abrupt with me. Much to Dr. Taitz’ credit, she later apologized. I was impressed with her sincerity, and I accepted her apology. She has worked tirelessly for years on the eligibility issue.

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