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In William Johnson's letter March 10 ("Guest columnist carried light credentials"), he stated that Lee Benedict's credentials were unworthy of his March 6 guest column on politics. I beg to differ, and would like to rebut Mr. Johnson's misleading attempts to discredit this fine citizen.

Mr. Johnson wrote, "He withdrew his candidacy for the Columbia County Board of Education in 2010 ... ." True. The reason was his son has autism and muscular dystrophy, and a doctor's visit revealed his heart was weakening. With early voting about to start and wanting to give the media time to report his decision, he met with Kristi Baker and was comfortable with endorsing her when he made his announcement.

Johnson continues: "Lee Benedict in his younger years was president of the Columbia County Young Republicans, and currently is an officer of the Columbia County Republican Party ... ." Yes, Lee was chairman of the YRs in 2008, and had just completed his two-year term as an officer in the county GOP. But roughly 20 years ago he was the New York state executive secretary for the Conservative Students Alliance. After that, he was vice president of the Orange County, N.Y., Young Republicans, and he worked for New York State Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun and for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee.

In an attempt to cast Lee as an outsider, Johnson states, "Mr. Benedict is not a teacher of political science or journalism, according to the Butler website. He has a master's degree in special education from Liberty University in Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in public relations from a college in New York state."

He withheld that Butler's website states he continued his studies and received a specialist in education degree in educational psychology, and applied cognition and development from the University of Georgia. Furthermore, if Johnson were to access the Internet and view Benedict's Georgia Educator Certificate, he would notice he is licensed to teach, among other content areas, P-12 social science, which includes economics, government and history.

Mr. Johnson owes Mr. Benedict an apology.

Brett McGuire

Appling

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irishfarmer
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irishfarmer 03/16/11 - 07:36 am
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Mr. Johnson is not the only

Mr. Johnson is not the only one who owes Lee Benedict a apology. Alot of people who comment on this site owe him a apology as well.

ammaled
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ammaled 03/16/11 - 08:58 am
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I think a gentleman of Mr.

I think a gentleman of Mr. Benedict's caliber (if he has the experience you say) has probably developed thick skin enough by now to withstand the slings and arrows of any comments posted on this forum.
How precious of you all to coddle him.

ammaled
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ammaled 03/16/11 - 09:00 am
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Oh yeah this all reminds me

Oh yeah this all reminds me of something about a Senator not being qualified for a higher office in government. Right on the tip of my tongue. Hmmm. Don't tell me.

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Chillen 03/16/11 - 09:31 am
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"Mr. Johnson owes Mr.

"Mr. Johnson owes Mr. Benedict an apology."

He'll never do it. Attack & run. It's the liberal way.

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Riverman1 03/16/11 - 09:53 am
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I have never supported Mr.

I have never supported Mr. Benedict in the past because I thought he was moving too fast, but Johnson's attack was totally out of line. Benedict has worked hard in the Republican Party and I've come to recognize his abilities with time. He has built a firm base these past few years with blue collar type party work. His op-ed column was spot on and that's what has the liberals mad at him. Benedict should run for something again. This is galvanizing support for him.

irishfarmer
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irishfarmer 03/16/11 - 12:49 pm
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ammaled: Like democrats dont

ammaled: Like democrats dont coddle Obama, Quincy Murphy, Gloria Frazier and Hardie Davis. Give me a break!

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LBenedict 03/16/11 - 04:00 pm
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ammaled, Obama is NOT

ammaled, Obama is NOT qualified to be POTUS, period. He is not a natural-born US citizen...even by his own admission. IF he were born in Hawaii, daddy's being a British subject disqualifies him. Same for McCain - he was born to TWO bonafide US citizens and he was born out of country under military orders (his daddy's orders) issued by the US government. But he was not born on a military installation. A hypertechnicality, but the truth. However, he ain't POTUS. Obama is and is not constitutionally qualified to be such. He may very well be a naturalized citizen or a legal resident, but he, BY HIS OWN ADMISSION based upon who he claims his biological father is, is NOT a natural-born citizen.

BTW: http://www.theobamafile.com/obamacolb.htm

http://drkatesview.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/the-pathetic-pretender/

http://www.peachpundit.com/2011/03/15/birthers-are-stubborn-people/

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Carleton Duvall 03/16/11 - 06:30 pm
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I don't think where Obama was

I don't think where Obama was born is important. What is important is that he is the worst POTUS since Jimmy Carter.

Alex Delarge
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Alex Delarge 03/16/11 - 07:50 pm
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Scooby, if you believe that

Scooby, if you believe that the president should follow the Constitution that he swore to support and defend, then it very much does matter where he was born. Other than that I agree with you 100%

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Carleton Duvall 03/16/11 - 08:32 pm
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My point is Alex- he is

My point is Alex- he is incompetent which makes his place of birth take a back seat. Yes, he should not been allowed to be our POTUS if he was not born in this country but he is POTUS . That will not change so we should direct our energies toward his weaknesses not his place of birth.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 03/16/11 - 08:49 pm
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He "may" have been born in

He "may" have been born in Hawaii...may have been. Since we all know but will all not admit that his, ahem, birth certificate, is a fake (look at the link above), one must ask, a) where was he born? b) if he was born in Hawaii but released a fake certificate, he's hiding something. What? c) he never proved that he is a natural born US citizen. Why is he the exception to the Constitution? The US Senate passed a NON-BINDING resolution declaring John McCain a natural born citizen...and what about Obama? This is such a fraud, and what's exponentially worse is the FACT that this group thought so little of our intelligence that those in it pulled it off, and millions fell for it. Look, a Hawaii official saying he was born in Hawaii is meaningless, as is some birth announcement from a newspaper. Bottom line is he has spent in excess of $2,000,000 fighting to keep this out of court when all he had to do is spend $10 and fill out an application to end this and prove his constitutional eligibility. So those who have posted on other threads that Obama has proved where he was born, and used that fake COLB, that nice scanned thing (no scanning back then) as their "proof", refuse to comment on the fact that Obama stated that his father is from another country, and as a back-up tell us about the birth announcement that is questionable; Obama NEVER lived at the address listed in the announcement, family members cannot agree on what hospital he was born in, and, another family member claims that he was born in Africa. Either way, he is not eligible to be POTUS.

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Riverman1 03/16/11 - 11:38 pm
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I'm not saying we should take

I'm not saying we should take it to court or what have you because it would cause too much turmoil and I'm not even sure McCain could have legally served. Just because Congress made a law saying McCain was a natural born citizen, it's possible the law was unconstitutional. But what puzzles me is that not one hospital worker, nurse or doctor has come forward claiming being present at Obama's birth. Something ain't right.

ammaled
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ammaled 03/17/11 - 01:23 pm
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Hey the man is a centrist and

Hey the man is a centrist and I a very progressive liberal. To me he is more like you except to you who disqualify him (using all those conservative code words for racism) for lack of experience. Also none of the new and fresh GOP/TP faces have not actually done anything different or anything promised except legislate morality.
To be sure you all don't appear bigoted but more elitist for example your treatment of Carter and Clinton that you claim Dems are.

Alex Delarge
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Alex Delarge 03/17/11 - 04:53 pm
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Please explain those "code

Please explain those "code words" for racism.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 03/17/11 - 10:50 pm
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Well Alex, when you apply

Well Alex, when you apply reason, the US Constitution, and factual information that is contrary to the liberal agenda and what it wants the truth to be, you are a racist. BTW, Obama allegedly has a white biological parent, so are we biased towards black people or white people? Please tell us what we are thinking and our motives for our thought...we'd like to know.

ammaled cannot speak to the FACTS we present, so s/he resorts to the patented liberal maneuver of, "you're just saying that because he's black". They cannot and will not live in a world of facts, reason, and common sense.

"To me he is more like you except to you who disqualify him (using all those conservative code words for racism) for lack of experience."
1) Obama or whatever his real name is, is not a natural-born US citizen. If he were one, he would have produced evidence as opposed to a false and fraudulent "birth certificate" and a newspaper clipping. Sorry, but that is useless. He can find a newspaper clipping from 1961, but cannot find TWO family members who agree on where he was born, or someone who worked at the hospital, or medical records from his birth...
2) IF what he claims is true, why does he REFUSE to pay $10 for an official copy of a vital record, but without batting an eye has spent in excess of $2,000,000 fighting to keep this out of court? What is he hiding and what is the media censoring?
3) Bush, Kerry, Gore, and the rest have released their medical and college records, but why has Obama refused and why is the media not hounding him to do so as it has done to every presidential candidate in recent memory?
4) do you have any facts to support your point of view? Or, just name calling and wild speculation? Don't get me wrong, I love it when liberals do that because it brings more attention to the topic and exposes the warped liberal "logic" chock full'o hypocrisy.

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