Florida representative Alan Grayson has a reputation for being a little “out there.”

When he’s not making bizarre claims about GOP health care plans, calling female lobbyists “K Street whores,” or running blatantly false and manipulated ads, Grayson apparently likes to muse about against whom he can take legal action.


The latest target of Grayson’s special brand of crazy is Ted Cruz.  According to Mediaite, Grayson is promising to file suit against Cruz should he (Cruz) be elected president.

Florida Congressman Alan Grayson told radio host Alan Colmes Wednesday that if Ted Cruz is elected president, he “will file that beautiful lawsuit saying that he’s unqualified for the job” according to the Constitution.

Cruz was born in Canada to a native-born American mother, making the presidential candidate a dual Canadian-American citizen. It was not until a 2013 Dallas Morning News article that Cruz acknowledged his Canadian citizenry publicly. In 2014, the senator renounced his Canadian citizenship altogether.

Apparently Grayson believes that anyone who is born to an American parent while in a foreign country is not an American by birth.  Or something.

Mediaite continues:

“His mother was born here, so I guess like [President Barack] Obama,” Colmes replied adding, “it’s interesting to me that the people who had a problem with Obama’s birth certificate don’t have a problem with Ted Cruz, who literally was born in another country and renounced his Canadian citizenry.”

“The Constitution says natural born Americans,” Grayson said. “So now we’re counting Canadians as natural born Americans? How does that work?”

How does that work?  Well, we’re glad you asked, Mr. Grayson, because Professor Jacobson explains it at great length, writing in part:

There are two ends of the spectrum as which just about everyone agrees:  (1) A person born in the United States to parents both of whom are United States citizens is a “natural born Citizen”; and (2) a person born outside the United States to parents neither of whom is a United States citizen is not a “natural born Citizen” even if citizenship later is obtained through naturalization.  These are what law professor Lawrence Solum refers to as “cases of inclusion and exclusion.

Rubio, Jindal and Cruz, as did Obama, fall between those points of inclusion and exclusion.  Rubio and Jindal were born in the United States to parents neither of whom was a United States citizen at the time; Cruz was born in Canada to parents one of whom (his mother) was a United States citizen.

Under the law existing at the time of their birth, each became a citizen of the United States at birth.  Rubio and Jindal by the 14th Amendment, Cruz by statute.

Be sure to read the prof’s entire argument, and listen to him discuss Cruz’s eligibility on the Larry O’Connor show:

Mark Levin also asserts that Cruz is indeed eligible for the presidency, listen:

And here is Cruz discussing the matter with Candy Crowley in 2013:

Even the folks at Talking Points Memo are scratching their heads over Grayson’s “Ted Cruz Birther” comments.


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