Buena Park pastor files suit to keep Obama from taking office
Suit filed in Sacramento seeks to force president-elect to show better proof of citizenship.
A Buena Park pastor and vice-presidential candidate noted for his politics from the pulpit is a party to a lawsuit seeking to keep President-elect Barack Obama from taking office.
The lawsuit claims Obama has not provided sufficient proof he is a U.S. citizen, and asks that Secretary of State Debra Bowen not certify California's election results until he provides more concrete evidence.
Wiley Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, is named as a plaintiff, as is Alan Keyes. Drake ran for vice president on the American Independent ticket with Keyes, who got the presidential nod.
“We want the truth,” Drake said. “If Barack Obama can prove he's a natural-born citizen, we’ll go away. If not, we won't go away.”
Drake said he and his attorneys have an audiotape of Obama's grandmother describing how she witnessed his birth in Kenya.
“We have what we think is pretty strong evidence that Barack Obama is not natural born,” Drake said.
Obama’s birth certificate says he was born in Honolulu, but the lawsuit claims that is insufficient evidence because the certificate does not list a doctor or a hospital.
Hawaii state officials have said Obama’s birth certificate is genuine.
The suit alleges Bowen certified Obama as a candidate in California after “accepting a signed statement … with no verification demanded.” It was filed last week in Sacramento County Superior Court.