Apparently the Third Congressional District is as Amreican as hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. A recent Time magazine poll suggested that 40% of Republicans nationwide believe that President Barack Obama is Muslim. An Attleboro Sun-Chronicle canvass of Republican candidates challenging Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) found that two of the five GOP challengers believe the same. The roundup:
Robert Chipman (R-Plainville): "I believe that - that he is a Muslim...Coming from an international background, there is no mistake that he leans into the Muslim faith."
Robert Delle (R-Paxton): "There is no doubt about it. Obama is a Muslim."
Michael Stopa (R-Holliston): "I actually don't think Barack Obama is a Muslim. I think he is a nonbeliever...I think he's sympathetic to anybody who is opposed to America and American values."
Martin Lamb (R-Hopkinton) "said he is uninterested in Obama's religion."
Brian Herr (R-Hopkinton) was not quoted in the story.
So the final tally is 40% of GOP candidates in MA-03 say Obama is a Muslim, 20% say he is an athiest, 20% do not care, and 20% did not comment.