candidates to document their eligibility. Since then he has become the target of ridicule and scorn from some of the main stream news media and his peers.
"What you should do is stop embarrassing yourself and take the Reynolds Wrap off your head,"
MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann suggested to Posey.
(Well, I have suggestion for Mr.Olberman, who is one of the least viewed shows on MSNBC and an embarrassement to them, "What you should do is Duct Tape your mouth shut and get into another line of work")
U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, suggests that Posey's judgment is skewed.
"It's one thing to try to be responsive to your constituents, no matter how marginal," Abercrombie told the St. Petersburg Times. "I understand that. But to take it to the point of putting it into a bill -- you open yourself up, then, to having your judgment questioned."
Abercrombie said legislation generally is to "address common issues or concerns."
"The citizenship of someone who has reached the point of running for president of the United States is not really an issue," Abercrombie said.
Really Congressmaan Abercrombie, so you guys just address COMMON issue and concerns, sure folks, like pork barrell project funding and seeing how much more they can bilk from the taxpayers.
Maybe you think this question is not an issue but millions of Americans do and that is who you are supposed to represent.
Posey defended his position by saying:
"Why'd I do this?" Posey wrote on his blog. "Well, for a number of reasons and the more and more I get called names by leftwing activists, partisan hacks and political operatives for doing it, the more and more I think I did the right thing."
He said, "I've been called some pretty nasty things. That's fine. But none of these tolerant people actually want to discuss the issue at hand … whether or not a presidential candidate should have to file these documents with the government.
"I could easily fill up a page listing all the activities an American needs to show their ID for ...everything from playing youth soccer to getting a drivers license, buying cigarettes and alcohol, to opening bank accounts and even playing little league. So I was pretty surprised to find out that to run for president, despite the constitutional requirement and the media scrubbing that goes on, it's not required for a candidate to file these documents when they submit their statement of candidacy with the FEC," he said.
Posey has the fortitude to do his job, let's hope he has the fortitude to stand by his convictions and those of the people he represents. The bill will probably go no where but not for his lack of trying.