Arpaio's 'birther' posse: Hopeful authors

March 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

PHOENIX, March 15 (UPI) -- The leader of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's volunteer "cold case posse" into the discounted "birther" conspiracy is selling his findings as a book, experts say.

Although President Obama has provided documentation time and again as to his birth in Hawaii, "birthers," those disputing his citizenship, continue to fuel the fire -- especially in Arizona where Republican state Rep. Carl Seel's so-called "birther bill" made it out of committee, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The bill would require candidates for president and vice president to submit affidavits to the Arizona secretary of state vowing that they meet the constitutional requirements to hold office, including being born in the United States.

Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio earlier this month said an investigation led by Michael Zullo contended the president's birth certificate, which "birthers" have asked to see repeatedly, is fraudulent.

Zullo is selling his findings as a book and his co-author has made his living writing about political conspiracy, the Times said.

The contentions have been discredited with both Democrats and Republicans. The conservative Web site National Review Online deplored Arpaio's stand as "birther baloney."

"Those who cannot distinguish between the birthers' flim-flam and the critical questions that face our nation in 2012 will not win and do not deserve to," the site's editors wrote.

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