The "mother" of the birther movement challenging President Obama's citizenship has been disinvited from a major California Tea Party event. An invitation to Orly Taitz to attend a Tax Day rally tomorrow was rescinded after complaints from Republican candidates planning to appear. The action signaled a significant Tea Party—and GOP—step away from the movement's fringe elements. "We've been getting calls like crazy," Pleasanton Tea Party founder Bridget Melson told the Los Angeles Times.
"It's not worth it. She's too controversial. This is not what the Tea Party is about at this point." Taitz, an Orange Country attorney who's running for secretary of state, has lost a number of court actions challenging the validity of Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate. GOP California Senate candidate Chuck Devore "strongly disapproves" of Taitz's "crazy theories," said a spokesman, echoing the sentiments of a number of candidates. Taitz responded: "The truth is the truth."