Dem chal­lenges Cruz’s el­i­gi­bil­ity for presidency

Wisconsin Gazette - - Front Page - By Louis Weis­berg Staff writer By Lisa Neff and Louis Weis­berg Staff writ­ers

Af­ter en­dur­ing years of Repub­li­cans ques­tion­ing the le­git­i­macy of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s presidency, at least one Demo­crat says he’ll file suit against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s right to run for the na­tion’s high­est of­fice, if Cruz be­comes the nom­i­nee.

Cruz, an ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive, re­li­gious right can­di­date, is ris­ing in the polls. He’s now in a dead heat with Don­ald Trump among Iowa Repub­li­cans.

A number of Repub­li­cans, par­tic­u­larly those as­so­ci­ated with the party’s tea party wing, have never ac­cepted Obama’s sta­tus as a nat­u­ral-born Amer­i­can. Obama was born in Hawaii to an Amer­i­can mother and an African fa­ther.

So-called “birthers,” in­clud­ing Trump, have cre­ated elab­o­rate con­spir­acy the­o­ries claim­ing Obama was se­cretly born in Kenya. The birther move­ment con­tends Obama’s par­ents cre­ated coun­ter­feit doc­u­ments mak­ing it ap­pear that he was born in Hawaii so that he could run for pres­i­dent when he grew up.

Many birthers be­lieve the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Obama’s birth were part of a scheme to plant him as a “Manchurian can­di­date” who would take his march­ing or­ders from the Mus­lim world.

Cruz was born in Canada to an Amer­i­can mother and a Cuban fa­ther. He held dual cit­i­zen­ship un­til 2014, when he re­nounced his Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship.

The U.S. Supreme Court has never clar­i­fied whether some­one with Cruz’s her­itage meets pres­i­den­tial el­i­gi­bil­ity muster. But New Hamp­shire elec­tion of­fi­cials re­jected ar­gu­ments that Cruz is un­qual­i­fied to ap­pear on the bal­lot there.

In an in­ter­view with Fox News ra­dio’s Alan Colmes, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Demo­crat, said he plans to file suit against Cruz’s el­i­gi­bil­ity if he wins the GOP nom­i­na­tion.

“He’s tech­ni­cally not even an Amer­i­can,” Grayson said.

Colmes, a lib­eral, didn’t dis­agree, sug­gest­ing it’s hyp­o­crit­i­cal of Repub­li­cans to have a prob­lem with Obama’s birth cer­tifi­cate while Cruz was “lit­er­ally born in an­other coun­try.”

Under Ti­tle 8 rules, if a per­son is born out­side the ge­o­graph­i­cal lim­its of the United States and its ter­ri­to­ries to par­ents that in­clude an alien and a U.S. cit­i­zen, that per­son is el­i­gi­ble for the presidency — but only if the nat­u­ral-born par­ent was “phys­i­cally present in the United States or its out­ly­ing pos­ses­sions for a pe­riod or pe­ri­ods to­tal­ing not less than five years, at least two of which were af­ter at­tain­ing the age of 14.”

Be­cause the law is vague, Congress passed a res­o­lu­tion in 2008 stat­ing that John McCain, who was born in Panama to a mil­i­tary fam­ily on as­sign­ment there, was a nat­u­ral born cit­i­zen el­i­gi­ble to run for pres­i­dent.

Hun­dreds of demon­stra­tors marched in the driz­zling rain along Chicago’s Mag­nif­i­cent Mile on Black Fri­day to protest the killing of a black teenager by a white po­lice of­fi­cer.

The demon­stra­tion was one of sev­eral held in the United States the Fri­day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing to call at­ten­tion to po­lice vi­o­lence, racism and the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment.

Mean­while, calls in­ten­si­fied for fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDon­ald in Chicago in 2014 and the shoot­ing of demon­stra­tors in Min­neapo­lis protest­ing the po­lice killing of 24-yearold Ja­mar Clark.

The protests in Chicago swelled af­ter the pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced a first-de­gree mur­der charge against po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son Van Dyke, who shot McDon­ald 16 times. The charge was an­nounced on Nov. 24, the same day au­thor­i­ties re­leased a dash­cam video of the Oc­to­ber 2014 in­ci­dent, which be­gan with Chicago po­lice dis­patched to a call about a teen with a knife.

Po­lice have said McDon­ald re­fused or­ders to drop a 3-inch knife and walked away, and the po­lice union claimed at one point that McDon­ald lunged at of­fi­cers.

But the video shows the teenager jog­ging down a four-lane street and turn­ing away from Van Dyke and a sec­ond of­fi­cer, both of whom stepped from a po­lice ve­hi­cle draw­ing guns. Within sec­onds, Van Dyke fired

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