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Senate campaigner apologises for lawyer son's Obama gaffe

By Megan Malloy

16 October 2012 at 11:33 BST

A Republican candidate for the US Senate and former governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson, was forced to apologise for a racially tinged comment made by his lawyer son last Sunday.

Obama: Constantly having to produce birth certificate

Obama: Constantly having to produce birth certificate

Jason Thompson -- a corporate law specialist at Milwaukee-based Michael Best & Friedrich – told potential voters that they ‘have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago -- or Kenya.’ The comment was recorded on camera at weekend meeting of the Kenosha County Republican Party in Wisconsin, reports The Am Law Daily.

Regrettable comment

The comment dovetails with a number of suggestions made by public figures – most notably, property tycoon Donald Trump – that Mr Obama is not a born American citizen, despite the public disclosure of his birth certificate.
A Michael Best spokeswoman apologised in a statement over the weekend, saying, ‘one of our attorneys and the son of senatorial candidate Tommy Thompson made a regrettable comment at a campaign event for his father.’


Many of Michael Best’s attorneys are actively engaged in the Wisconsin political arena, including a controversial voting redistricting case that allegedly favoured Republican votes. The sitting Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus, is currently on leave from his role as a Michael Best litigation and corporate partner.


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