âI have reason to be suspicious,â he said of Obamaâs birth certificate. âBut I donât know. I havenât seen the facts. I think thereâs a lot of smoke and generally when thereâs smoke thereâs got to be fire somewhere.â
The Observer, which originally praised Pendergraph as âconservativeâ was not pleased, publishing a scathing retraction of its support today for the North Carolina candidate:
After winning the Observerâs endorsement in his bid for Congress, he has done nothing but embarrass us and himself.
By buddying up to one of Americaâs more hateful egomaniacs and then joining with fringe âbirthersâ to question President Obamaâs citizenship, Pendergraph has contradicted much of what he told the Observerâs editorial board in his endorsement interview last month. As a result, we have lost faith in him, and urge voters to consider Edwin Peacock or Ric Killian in the 9th Congressional District race.
The paperâs editorial board went on to say that it had originally thought Pendergraph was intelligent and reasonable and moderate, but that they donât trust him now and are afraid he will âsay whatever a given audience wants to hear, if it will help him get elected.â