The lone Republican in the Hawaii State Senate told a radio interviewer today he believes “the real issue” stopping Barack Obama from releasing his long-form birthcertificateis something the president has to hide, perhaps even the name of his actual birth father.

Hawaii State Sen. Sam Slom further told the host of “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio”on WABC 770 AM in New York City that so long as Obama refuses to be transparent about his past, questions about the president’s birth remain “a legitimate issue.”

“My particular point of view – and why I haven’t identified myself as a ‘birther,’ per se – is that [Obama] probably was born [in Hawaii] and that the real issue is not the birthcertificate, but what’s on the birthcertificate,” Slom told Klein.

Asked what that could be, Slom said, “It could have to do with what his name is on the birthcertificate, who is actually listed as his father, the citizenship of the father.”

He continued, “My belief is that there is a birthcertificate, he was born here, but that there isinformationthat for reasons known only to him he doesn’t want released. If it were just the birthcertificate, that would be one thing, but it’s his school records, it’s employment records. … Why would anybody, let alone the president of the United States, spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep that hidden?”

“As long as that goes on,” he concluded, “I think it’s a legitimate issue.”

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