U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) is decrying the vitriol he’s been greeted with for introducing a bill to require presidential candidates to submit birth certificates to the federal government (part of the whole fringe Birther movement that thinks Obama isn’t a natural born U.S. citizen): “Just a bunch of name-calling and personal denigration … There is no reason to say that I’m the illegitimate grandson of an alligator.”
Late Update: I feel so lame for not knowing the whole backstory here. I didn’t realize until a few devoted readers pointed it out that the “illegitimate son of an alligator” charge came from none other than Mr. Stephen Colbert:
(ed.note: This post originally incorrectly referred to Posey as a state rep. Alas, he is a congressman.)
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