I am not obsessing over the President's birth certificate. I am simply following my instincts, my gut reaction that when something stinks to high heaven, people other than myself will sit up and take notice. Apparently the Interim Director of the Department of Health for the State of Hawaii, Neal Palafox, smelled something really rancid and decided to remove himself from the source. He resigned, withdrew his nomination for the position.
This was the guy who until last Wednesday had control over the most toxic document on the face of the Earth - Barack Obama's alleged birth certificate.
(AP) HONOLULU - Interim Hawaii Health Director Dr. Neal Palafox abruptly quit Wednesday, the first of new Gov. Neil Abercrombie's Cabinet appointees to leave.
The reason for Palafox's resignation was a mystery, and he wouldn't say whether he was asked to resign.
Abercrombie's office said Palafox asked the Democratic governor to withdraw his nomination.
"Gov. Abercrombie accepted Dr. Palafox's request and will make a new appointment for the Health Director as soon as possible," spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said in a statement.
The Attorney General's office wouldn't comment on whether it's investigating Palafox, said Joshua Wisch, special assistant to the attorney general.
Palafox, 58, said he was surprised when he heard TV news reports citing anonymous sources claiming he was under investigation for medical billing fraud.
"I get handed these e-mails about investigations and so forth, but I have no clue. I'm lost," Palafox said.
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges said the school is unaware of any pending investigation. Hedges said Palafox will return to his job at the school, where he was chairman of the Department of Family Medicine before his nomination.
The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs said it had no complaints about Palafox over the last five years.
- January 20, 2011 (Friday) - Hollywood Insider celebrity report Mike Evans was interviewed on KQRS-FM in Minnesota. He unequivocally states in no uncertain terms that in a prior conversation with his decades-long, good friend Abercrombie, he was told that there is no long form Hawaiian birth certificate for the President of the United States.
- January 26, 2011 (Wednesday) - A "remorseful and embarrassed" Mike Evans states that he never meant to give the impression that he spoke to the Governor regarding Obama's birth certificate.
- January 26, 2011 (Wednesday) - Interim Health Director Neal Palafox gives his best impression of a Libyan Air Force pilot and bails out over Honolulu.
Even the horse is impressed.