Dkt. No. 130 MD 2016 (H/t: Doc C.)Republican Attorney Says Cruz Is Not "Natural Born Citizen"
Last week, Sen. Cruz filed nominating petitions to run for president in Pennsylvania’s April 26 Republican primary. Now a Republican attorney from suburban Philadelphia has challenged Sen. Cruz’s right to run because he is not a natural born citizen.
“It is my contention supported by a number of constitutional scholars that it means one must be born in the United States, that the framers of the Constitution were very concerned about the influence of foreign powers over the nascent republic,” said attorney David Farrell.
In a petition filed with the state’s Commonwealth Court, Farrell, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, says Sen. Cruz’s Canadian birth certificate proves he was born in Canada, and the fact that his mother is an American citizen does not make him natural born.
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The Commonwealth Court hearing on whether to disqualify Sen. Cruz’s nominating petitions is now set for March 10.
Sources tell KDKA’s Jon Delano that Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini of Pittsburgh will be the judge. Whatever the outcome, an appeal to the state Supreme Court seems likely in the case.
Farrell says he’s not doing this for Donald Trump.
By my count, Cruz is being challenged in 11 states thus far.