Just this morning, I asked if Sheriff candidate Everett Rice is having a “Dick Greco moment” in reference to Rice’s affiliations with far-right organizations and his odd response to a question about the legitimacy of President Barack Obama’s citizenship.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Rice said “he doesn’t know whether President Barack Obama is really a U.S. citizen, and he is open to discussing far-right fears that a United Nations environmental compact known as Agenda 21 is a secret plot to establish ‘one-world government.’ “
“I don’t know if he is or not,” Rice said when asked if the president is a citizen of this country.
Does he think Obama’s birth certificate is real?
“I don’t know,” Rice said. “I mean, I suppose it is. He’s the president. It’s a non-issue now.”
Well, if last night’s candidate forum in north Pinellas is any indication, Rice does not care for the Times‘ reporting or its conclusion that he is a “birther.”
Asked by the inestimable political reporter Adam Smith about the situation, Rice responded with guns blazing, describing the Times and Smith as “asinine.”