Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor poses for a picture with Orly Taitz in an image uploaded to Taitz's Facebook page

Eric Cantor palling around with Birthers

The incoming House majority leader rubs elbows with leading Birther conspiracy theorist Orly Taitz


Justin Elliott
December 28, 2010 6:36PM (UTC)

(UPDATED) Orly Taitz, the dentist-cum-lawyer-cum-Birther leader, yesterday posted on Facebook the above picture of herself with incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Taitz put the image in an album titled "12/27/10," suggesting it was taken Monday, though that could not immediately be confirmed.

Taitz is hands down the leading Birther in the country, and she has pursued her cause through an endless series of frivolous court cases and high-profile media appearances. Is it possible that Cantor did not know whom he was posing with? Maybe. But it turns out this is not the first time that Cantor and Taitz have crossed paths.

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In July 2009, Taitz claimed that Cantor's acceptance of her friend request on Facebook showed that he (and a few other GOP leaders) believed in the Birther cause. This led to a series of articles in the Washington press, and Cantor's spokesman was forced to deny that Cantor countenanced the Birther cause.

Taitz, for her part, seems to gravitate toward high-profile GOP events. Over the summer, she --along with several members of Congress -- was a special guest at a Republican Jewish Coalition party at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

According to her blog, Taitz has lately become preoccupied with writing a play -- tentatively titled, "An American POW in America" -- that tells the story of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, the Birther Army doctor who was convicted this month of not following orders because he believes Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.

We've reached out to both Cantor's office and Taitz, and we'll update this post if we hear back.

UPDATE: Mystery solved! According to this report, the snapshot was taken this past September at an event featuring Cantor and Chris Cox at the Newport Beach Balboa Bay Club.


Justin Elliott

Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustin

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