In California, if one registered as NPP (No Party Preference; formally Declined to State), one has the option of voting in the American Independent Party's primary, which has two birther presidental primary candidates: Roth and Noonan.
the (non-binding) June AIP primary.
So who did the AIP nominate? Why Tom Hoefling
, of course.
Ballot Access: American Independent Party Picks Tom Hoefling for President
On August 11, the American Independent Party (AIP) nominated Tom Hoefling for President at its state convention in Sacramento, California. The convention was in the meeting room of Perkos Restaurant, 925 Third Street.
Only seven delegates were present when the vote was taken: Markham Robinson, Mary Robinson, Mark Seidenberg, Rev. Wiley Drake, Dennis Aguirre, John Robertson, and Phelps Hobart. A majority of votes cast were proxies of people who were not in attendance. Most of these proxies were controlled by Markham Robinson. There were 7 in-person votes and 13 proxy votes. The original vote was 19 for Hoefling and one for Goode, but then the Goode voter switched his vote to Hoefling so that the vote was unanimous.
Several hours earlier, three delegates, all backing Ed Noonan for President, had left the convention in protest. Noonan, who was one of those three delegates, told the gathering that he should be the presidential nominee because he had won the presidential primary and he had contributed many years of service to the AIP. Noonan accurately perceived what the vote was going to be, even though that vote was still several hours in the future at the time he left, so he and his backers saw no reason to remain for the vote.
The convention chose Dr. Robert Ornelas of Anaheim, California, for vice-president. He works with a group that develops Christian hip hop evangelistic messages. He did not attend the convention but he had phoned in on speaker phone and had asked for the vice-presidential nomination. However, when he asked for it, he was holding himself out as the running mate for Rev. Wiley Drake. Drake, who did attend the convention, had asked for the presidential nomination but did not receive it.
I don't know if Hoefling is a birther, but according to Loren, he's a freeper and was a Keyes 2008 campaign manager
. After Keyes v. Bowen
was dismissed, Hoefling, as party chair, wrote
We have always maintained that the burden of proof that he possesses the constitutionally required credentials to serve as President rests squarely on Mr. Obama and no one else. For a mere ten dollars, with Barack Obama's assent, the State of Hawaii can and will provide the American people with a copy of his actual long form birth certificate. The fact that Mr. Obama continues to be willing to expend large sums of money, including precious taxpayers' dollars, to prevent the public revelation of such a simple document, has raised serious legitimate questions in the minds of millions of Americans about his qualifications. This is extremely unhealthy for the country, and for the Presidency, to say the least. That's why we applaud the efforts of Alan Keyes and other America's Independent Party leaders in their persistent demand that Barack Obama produce the necessary documents to clear these questions from the public docket, and fervently hope that they will appeal this unwise decision by this particular court.