As Connecticut residents, we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated, educated and above the fringe element that exists elsewhere in nation. Well guess again fellow Nutmeggers. State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-Danbury) has introduced a “birther bill,” requiring anyone who wants to be on the ballot in Connecticut as a presidential or vice presidential candidate first present a valid birth certificate to the state secretary of state.

It’s bad enough that McLachlan has embarrassed himself and his district by introducing such a bill, but he goes on to insult everyone’s intelligence by outrageously claiming it has nothing to do with the controversy over the fringe element’s claim that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States and therefore isn’t qualified to be president.

To her credit, the chairman of the government administration and elections committee Sen. Gayle Slossberg (a Shad favorite when I worked for the senate Dems.) slapped down both the bill and McLachlan. She told the Hartford Courant’s “Capitol Watch” blog, “It was a real shock that such a divisive type of bill would be proposed…I don’t see it as a priority for the committee. Talk about the fringe. This is an old and disposed-of matter…I can’t imagine that members of the committee are going to want to spend time on this. I don’t know if this is one person’s opinion or concern or this is the arm of out-there people. … This is just ridiculous,” she said.

In the next election, Danbury voters should take note of this nonsense.

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