‚ÄúI have reason to be suspicious,‚ÄĚ he said of Obama‚Äôs birth certificate. ‚ÄúBut I don‚Äôt know. I haven‚Äôt seen the facts. I think there‚Äôs a lot of smoke and generally when there‚Äôs smoke there‚Äôs got to be fire somewhere.‚ÄĚ
The Observer, which originally praised Pendergraph as ‚Äúconservative‚ÄĚ was not pleased, publishing a scathing retraction of its support today for the North Carolina candidate:
After winning the Observer‚Äôs endorsement in his bid for Congress, he has done nothing but embarrass us and himself.
By buddying up to one of America‚Äôs more hateful egomaniacs and then joining with fringe ‚Äúbirthers‚ÄĚ to question President Obama‚Äôs citizenship, Pendergraph has contradicted much of what he told the Observer‚Äôs 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 paper‚Äôs editorial board went on to say that it had originally thought Pendergraph was intelligent and reasonable and moderate, but that they don‚Äôt trust him now and are afraid he will ‚Äúsay whatever a given audience wants to hear, if it will help him get elected.‚ÄĚ