As his competition endured criticism for questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace, congressional candidate Scott Keadle of North Carolina took the high road last week and said he hadn’t spent “two seconds of my life thinking” about Obama’s birthplace.You can watch Mr. Keadle's remarks, which begin at the 3:30 point in this clip. You'll see that his paranoia goes well beyond the non-issue of the President's citizenship.
But that’s not what Keadle told a tea party group last month in Rowan County, N.C., during a heated primary race for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District.
Keadle, who’s now in a two-man runoff July 17 with former congressional chief of staff Richard Hudson, told the Rowan County Tea Party Patriots in April that he’d demand an investigation into the president’s eligibility, whatever the personal costs.
“If you’ll elect me to Congress, I will absolutely make sure that I don’t shut up until there is an investigation to find out if the president is eligible to be the president,” Keadle told the group, according to a video of the event. “That’s the end of that. And, they can do whatever they want to me.”
When caught red-handed in the lie, Mr. Keadle claimed that it was all a mistake and that he believes that the President was born in the U.S.
But then he blew the dog whistle one more time, saying "If I had the ability to revise and extend my remarks it would have been that if this continues to be a subject of debate and somebody wants me to look into it, then I will look into the process."
The instructions to NC Republican candidates this cycle seem to be: spout birther nonsense; lie about it; rinse; repeat.