from Bill Still
To become Partner #616: www.billstill.com, then Click “Subscribe”.
Well, the decision is in from Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin.
According to Judge Masin, Ted Cruz may appear on the New Jersey Republican primary ballot.
However, as it turns out, Masin is the New Jersey judge who in 2012 ruled that President Obama was a natural-born citizen without even looking at the relevant documents.
The decision, rendered at 5:47 pm today concludes as follows:
“As demonstrated above and in the thoughtful examinations of the scholars whose materials are mentioned herein, it must be acknowledged that the arguments against finding a child born outside the United States
“… to a non-diplomat or non-military citizen of the United States are not facetious and the issue can never be entirely free of doubt, at least barring a definitive ruling of the United States Supreme Court.
“While absolute certainty as to this issue is only available to those who actually sat in Philadelphia and themselves thought on the issue, having weighed the arguments as they are presented by those trying to understand the Framers’ intent,
“I CONCLUDE that the more persuasive legal analysis is that such a child, born of a citizen-father, citizen-mother, or both, is indeed a “natural born Citizen” within the contemplation of the Constitution.”
“As such I CONCLUDE that Senator Cruz meets the Article II, Section I qualifications and is eligible to be nominated for President. His name may therefore appear on the New Jersey Republican primary ballot. “
But there are two gigantic problems here: first and foremost is Cruz has never produced any documentation proving he is an American citizen. Can you believe it? Not one single document – zero!
Secondly, neither of his parents were U.S. citizens at the time. His father – by his own admission never became a U.S. citizen until 2005.
His mother was born a U.S. citizen, but likely became a British citizen by virtue of marrying a Brit, then living in London from 1960-67.
Interestingly, when Ted’s father and mother married in Canada in 1969, Ted’s father was still married to his first wife back in the United States!
By no later than 1970, both of Ted’s parents had become full-fledged Canadian citizens by virtue of their names appearing on a list of eligible voters.
So, Ted Cruz, was born on Dec. 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, without question a Canadian citizen.
Despite this tortured ruling on the part of Judge Masin, all is not lost. First of all, it may be that the New Jersey Secretary of State, Kim Guadagno, may have the power to over-rule the ruling.
But even then, if not, Professor Williams has vowed to take this Cruz eligibility challenge to court in each of the remaining seven primary states in which he has filed for the presidency, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and South Dakota.
And even if unsuccessful there, the nation will hear this story again, as Williams will even take this fight to the floor of the national convention in Cleveland in July.
I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day.