Tom DeLay Working On Book With Noted Birther

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Days after his triumphant return to the House floor, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) announced Monday that his next move will be a collaboration with one of the nation’s most prominent birthers.

DeLay announced plans to write a book in an interview with Newsmax, following last weeks’ news that a Texas Court of Appeals had overturned his 2010 conviction on money laundering charges.

DeLay’s co-author, he said, will be none other than Jerome Corsi, a conservative columnist and bestselling author who has been one of the most prominent proponents of conspiracy theories alleging President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. In the interview with Newsmax, DeLay, who returned to the House floor for a “victory lap” last week, said he’d “spent a lot of time” with Corsi and shared some details about their planned book project.“Our book is tentatively entitled ‘Shut Her Down,'” DeLay said. “It’s about the revival of the Constitution and how to return power from all those federal programs to the states, which have sovereignty.”

Corsi’s book “Where’s The Birth Certificate?” was released in May 2011. In it, Corsi claimed to demonstrate “conclusively that no legal authority has ever verified Obama’s legal eligibility to be president” and that “a compelling body of evidence says Obama is not a natural-born citizen.”

About three weeks before the book came out, President Obama released copies of his original, long-form birth certificate, proving that he was a natural born U.S. citizen. Still, Corsi has continued to persist with the conspiracy theory.

Corsi first received widespread recognition in 2004 when he wrote, “Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry,” which outlined disputed criticisms of then-presidential candidate John Kerry’s military record.

Last week, Corsi released an e-book entitled “Who Really Killed Kennedy?” It argued the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a “plot” involving the “highest levels of government,” including then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson. Corsi described this plot as a “triumph” for the “New World Order.”

Representatives for DeLay did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.

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