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NEVADA NEWSPAPER QUOTES GINO DISIMONE, NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, ABOUT OBAMA’S ELIGIBILITY
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sept. 4, 2010) — The crack in the mainstream media’s wall of silence about the questionable constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to serve as President of the United States has gotten a little wider due to Gino DiSimone’s making it a plank in his campaign platform and openly discussing the issue on his website:
As Governor, I will require the constitutional directive which specifically mandates presidential eligibility requirements, an item Congress failed to exercise. The Office of the Governor is not required to use the Supreme Court or any other Court to demand this proof because it is a matter of acute security for the State. Without proof of eligibility State security is at high risk. When State security is at high risk, the Governor has Executive Powers at his/her disposal. State security absolutely is the Governor’s foremost duty.
An article detailing some of DiSimone’s ideas, including paying all state debt in gold and silver produced in Nevada, denying welfare and other benefits to illegal aliens while using the National Guard to remove them, and eliminating taxes on businesses making $100,000 or less annually appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal on September 4, 2010. The second-to-last plank listed in the story is “Demand proof of President Obama’s eligibility to be president. DiSimone argues Obama cannot be president because his father was a Kenyan citizen,” with the last item being “Cut welfare for anyone ‘able’ to work.”
The Post & Email interviewed Mr. DiSimone here and here. His editorial discussing the duties of a governor in the wake of the conflict between Arizona and the federal government is here. He has stated unequivocally that if elected, he will immediately challenge Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president and has already done so by asking the sitting Nevada governor, Jim Gibbons, to issue a Quo Warranto to determine Obama’s eligibility to the office of president.
As a candidate, DiSimone has nullified the national health care bill passed by Congress and signed by Obama in March on the grounds that any legislation “that is not enumerated in the US Constitution…has no authority, is of no effect, has no force and will not be allowed or enforceable in Nevada.”
A professor and chairman of the Political Science Department at the University of Nevada at Reno, Eric Herzik, was quoted in the article as saying that some of Mr. DiSimone’s ideas have problems with “constitutionality” with no examples provided. The faculty website lists Professor Herzik’s “areas of interest” as “American Politics, State and Local Politics, Policymaking and Administration,” but there is no mention of “constitutional law.” The link under his name which should take the reader to a bio yields an error message.
Mr. DiSimone opposes abortion, gay marriage and other “wayward movements” and supports the National Day of Prayer. He has also made the claim that Nevada “State Salaries are atrocious and criminal,” exhibiting a lengthy list of names and positions of college professors, municipal and other public employees with salaries in the six- and seven-figure range.
He also advocates a state’s right to “assert the power to recall and terminate US Senators if they violate State concerns or desires.” Mr. DiSimone discussed at length with The Post & Email his views on the role of a U.S. Senator, excerpted here:
Their duty in life, their foremost, sole purpose for living as a senator is to communicate the concerns and wishes of the state legislature.
Mr. DiSimone discusses the role of a senator, governor and the federal government more here.