Obama Camp: Senator Knew Nothing About Aunt’s Illegal Immigration Status

By Julia Hoppock

Nov 1, 2008 11:50am

In response to last night’s late-breaking AP story that Sen. Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango is in the U.S. illegally Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton tells us, "Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed."

Democrats are already pointing out that the AP’s information about the aunt  came from "a person familiar with the matter" and a person who is "a federal law enforcement official."

Meaning some federal government resources have been devoted to this story, which is potentially embarrassing for the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

Just as, Republicans would no doubt counter, some Ohio state government resources were devoted to finding out more information about Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber."

The Columbus Dispatch reports the latest twist and turn in that case, with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services senior manager Vanessa Niekamp contradicting agency director Helen Jones-Kelley’s explanation that Wurzelbacher’s records were search because her agency checks people who are "thrust into the public spotlight." Niekamp is a Republican; Jones-Kelley a Democrat.

– jpt

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