Voter ID ‘Your Ideas Suck’ Comments Used in Republican Attacks
Last week, State Sen. Daylin Leach organized a press conference to give notice to House Majority Leader Mike Turzai’s comments regarding the recently-passed Voter ID legislation. During said presser, Leach reminded voters of Turzai’s recent statement that “Voter ID…is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” He then said of the Majority Leader’s motivations: “If you have to stop people voting to win elections, your ideas suck.”
Leach’s statement—like Turzai’s—was one of those rare moments in which politicians are blunt and tell the truth. Others weren’t so impressed with Leach, though. Like his Republican opponent in the 2012 state Senatorial election, Charles Gehret.
Gehret is taking advantage of Leach’s statement, relating it to “locker room lingo,” calling the statement, “not that of a legislator.”
“I can’t think of any good reason an elected representative of the people of the 17th Senate District would use such language in public discourse,” his campaign writes. “Sen. Leach must have been trying to beef up his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.”
Senator Daylin Leach currently has 2,136 followers on Twitter.
Gehret goes onto note that most Pennsylvanians have proper identification to vote and certain rules have been put into place to make sure they can attain ID. Additionally, Gehret make notes of certain arguments made in the process of Voter ID conversation, sans “I need an ID to get into the pool club.”
“A 2004 Pennsylvania Republican Party mailing to 130,000 newly registered Philadelphia voters resulted in 10,000 pieces of returned mail,” he writes. “Numerous addresses did not exist and many showed no voter lived at the address by the name listed. A GOP investigation revealed that many of the addresses listed for new registrants were vacant lots and boarded-up buildings. Fifteen of 100 sample registered voters mailed and returned by the Post Office turned out to be dead.”
Gehret also cites a June 12 Quinnipiac poll which found Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support Voter ID laws by a 66-32 percent margin.
Leach also noted during last week’s presser that Turzai’s statements may be used in the lawsuit litigation, and that the statement “shows this was…intended to disenfranchise voters who don’t vote the right way.” Republicans have consistently stated (until Turzai) that Voter ID laws are to prevent voter fraud and were not partisan, in spite of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and others, to be tried in Harrisburg later this month. Oddly, Gehret did not address Turzai’s statement in his presser—instead only focusing on his opponents’ “lingo.”
Blogging will be/is sparse today. More on Voter ID later.