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A leading figure in the "birther" movement is mulling returning to the California ballot in another bid for statewide office.

Republican Orly Taitz, who ran in the GOP primary for secretary of state last year, said today she is "absolutely" considering challenging Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012.

"I think I do have a chance specifically because I do speak Spanish and I speak Hebrew," Taitz told The Bee after attending a town hall-style event on Latino issues at the California Republican Party convention in Los Angeles.

While support for reelecting Feinstein has fallen in recent polls, a serious Republican challenger has yet to emerge. Taitz, who has made headlines for her effort to promote a widely disproved theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is not eligible to serve as commander in chief, would not likely generate the campaign funding or widespread appeal needed to launch a viable bid.

Taitz said a run was also appealing because it would "give me a platform to talk about the issues that corrupt establishment... are refusing to talk about."

The Irvine dentist and attorney won roughly 500,000 votes in her failed 2010 bid to be the GOP's pick to serve as the state's top elections official. She lost to Republican businessman Damon Dunn by more than 50 percentage points.


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