PoliticsPa has a splashy story on comments Pa's House Majority Leader Mike Turzai made at a Republican committee meeting this weekend, wherein he said a GOP voter ID bill will help Mitt Romney win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes:
"We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we've talked about for years," said Turzai in a speech to committee members Saturday. He mentioned the law among a laundry list of accomplishments made by the GOP-run legislature.
"Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it's done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."
Democrats jumped on the quote, saying it showed the GOP bill was about dampening Democratic votes and not about claims on voter fraud. Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, released the statement below:
"Representative Turzai made a remarkably blunt admission that the true intentions of Voter ID are to stop Democrats from voting and to rig elections in favor of Republicans. Turzai did not discuss voter fraud or voter impersonation because they never happen. He did not discuss protecting the integrity of our election system, because it is threatened only by Republican attempts to disenfranchise voters by creating obstacles to voting for groups who generally vote Democratic. He only discussed handing the presidential election to Mitt Romney. Individuals lawmakers who continue to support this policy ought to be ashamed and ought to be held accountable."
The ACLU is suing to block the voter ID law.
Video of Turzai posted by House Dems is here.
UPDATE: Salon gets response from the Turzai camp:
Stephen Miskin, Turzai’s spokesman, defended the remarks, pointing to alleged instances of voter fraud in the state. “Rep. Turzai was speaking at a partisan political event. He was simply referencing, for the first time in a long while, the Republican presidential candidate will be on a more even keel thanks to Voter ID,” he said. “Anyone looking further into it has their own agenda.”
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