By Nicole Houck, Contributing Writer
In a move that should delight conservatives as well as Democrats, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) has reintroduced a bill that would require candidates to submit documentation in order to be eligible for candidacy.
“Requiring all candidates, for the offices of President and Vice President, to submit valid proof of natural born citizenship documentation in exchange for statewide ballot access is a fundamental and long-overdue check and balance that must be implemented to further ensure that the Oval Office is never occupied by anyone other than a natural born American citizen,” said Metcalfe.
It’s par for the course for Metcalfe, already well known as Harrisburg’s most vocally conservative member with an affinity for Tea Party issues.
Metcalfe’s House Bill 1350 would amend Section 910 of the Pennsylvania Election Code. It would be edited to include the offices of the President and Vice President of the United States to the existing list.
“America’s founding fathers said it best, ‘a well-informed electorate taught to know and prize their God-given rights cannot be enslaved,’” said Metcalfe. “As a veteran and an elected official who takes an oath of office, just like every past and future President of the United States, to uphold and defend the Constitutional rights of the citizens I represent, it is beyond perplexing and greatly troubling that a political candidate can ascend to the highest levels of government without providing sufficient documentation verifying his or her place of birth or American citizenship.”