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Gadfly has colorful past in politics and in court

CONCORD, N.H. — A serial litigator suing to undo the sale of a New Hampshire grand hotel to force its reopening is a perennial candidate for office and self-proclaimed instigator of the "birther movement" assailing the validity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate and background.

Anthony Martin — who says he's now living in Manchester, N.H. — is a self-proclaimed "corruption fighter," ''Internet powerhouse" and "Republican foreign policy expert."

Martin was labeled as notoriously vexatious and vindictive in one of scores of federal court opinions he has spawned.

The 66-year-old Martin has twice run for president of the United States and earlier this month apologized to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not endorsing him sooner.