San Ramon Mayor and California Assembly candidate Abram Wilson has taken what amounts to a progressive and independent-minded stand in today's Republican Party: He has directly acknowledged that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
A Los Angeles Times article yesterday quoted a Wilson consultant as stating that the candidate's campaign had no comment on where Obama was born. The story described some state Republicans' disdain for fellow party member Orly Taitz, a Secretary of State candidate who espouses the “Birther” theory that Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be president.
However, in a telephone interview today with SF Weekly, Wilson said he doesn't question Obama's status as a natural-born American citizen. “We can just end that right now,” he said. Nevertheless, Wilson said he approved of his consultant's statements on the subject, arguing that the state's problems are too serious to discuss trifling matters such as questions about Obama's birthplace.