By no stretch of the imagination is Mark McFarlin a household name, but his recent controversial remarks about President Obama's citizenship amounts to a down payment on same.
Mr. McFarlin is a Democrat running for governor from Bay County. He's doing it without the blessing of the big shots in his party. He's doing it without much money, name identification, and most would agree, not much of a chance of wrestling the nomination away from fellow Democrat Mark Schauer.
So when the underdog was asked to appear on statewide Public TV, he likely dropped everything he was dong to gobble up some free media, and he made news, perhaps without knowing it.
As is often the case, once they turn the TV cameras off, Off the Record guests suddenly make news.
The questioning started out rather innocently.
"Have you ever voted for a Republican?" the Democrat was asked.
"Yes, Mitt Romney," he revealed while adding he had two chances to vote for Barack Obama and did not.
Now he had every correspondent's attention as he launches into his assertion that Mr. Obama is not a citizen of the United States.
Donald Trump, step-aside.
Asked if he believed Mr. O. was born in Hawaii, he said, "No."
Asked if he believed Mr. O. was born in the United States, he said. "No."
As a private investigator, Mr. McFarlin argues the document the White House issued to end this never-ending flap is suspect.
He claims the term "African-American" appears on the line for race on the birth certificate and Mr. McFarlin says at the time Mr. Obama was born the term was not in use. He argues the term should have been "Negro."
But under further questioning, asked to confirm his notion that the President was not an American citizen, he seemed to walk it back.
"Based on the evidence that is out there that leads me to that direction."
So he was not sure?
"Exactly. The jury is still out."
So which is it?