State Rep. Metcalfe Says Voter ID Opponents ‘Too Lazy to Get Up and Get Out There’

During a radio interview Wednesday morning, Western Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe managed to offend, well, basically everyone. He agreed with Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ comments, said low-income earners are “living off the public dole,” and called those who cannot obtain ID for voting “lazy.”

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“I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsibility that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised,” Metcalfe said on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh. “As Romney said, 47 percent of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.”

Metcalfe’s statement was first reported by Think Progress (after being released by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party) and represents an odd backing of offensive comments made by Mitt Romney released by Mother Jones earlier this week. Romney had previously called his statements “inelegant,” and VP candidate Paul Ryan actually criticized them. (Romney now says they were taken out of context, by the liberal media, natch.) Metcalfe, like a horde of right-wing radio pundits, seems just fine with the quote the way it is.

For the record, the 47 percent “living off the public dole” are simply the percentage of earners who do not pay a federal income tax, but do pay payroll taxes, Medicare, Social Security and federal excise taxes, as well as their local and state taxes. Which is hardly living off the public dole (and, um, are Republicans now for raising those taxes?)

Many voters have been turned away by PennDOT while attempting to obtain Voter ID since the legislation was signed by Gov. Corbett back in March. In some cases, as has been reported, documents to get correct forms of ID do not exist. Metcalfe was a sponsor of the original Voter ID legislation.

4 Responses to “ State Rep. Metcalfe Says Voter ID Opponents ‘Too Lazy to Get Up and Get Out There’ ”

  1. mike says:

    Anyone who votes republican in this state will help keep someone like Rep. Metcalfe in a powerful committee chairmanship. Hopefully republicans and democrats will agree that someone like Rep. Metcalfe should not hold power over the creation of laws when he holds misplaced disdain for nearly half the citizens in Pa. In addition since those who will have the most difficulty in obtaining the photo ID are elderly, disabled and those who work during the hours the DMV is open certainly should not be described as lazy.


  2. Jane says:

    This statement is what will make Daryl, “THE MAN” of early morning talk Radio. I became familiar with the “Daryl” and his gerrymandered 12th District – when listening to him being dressed down by the “Other Daryl” on an early morning Talk Show on 1210 Radio. The Other Daryl was upset because Daryl instituted a “Red Light Camera” Bill in his District,,,,and Daryl was too Lazy and weak to defend his stance. Unfortunately The Republican State Legislature has followed their Governor into nothing more than an Republican Radio Mutual Admiration Society run by an Angry Hosts who will probably be responsible for the Delivery of the Commonwealth to OBAMA. Rounding out the Daryl, Daryl and Daryl performance is a Governor scared to death of his own shadow who introduced the Bill on 1210 Radio,,,didn’t even know what paperwork was required to obtain a photo ID,,, and then yucked it up with Radio Daryl that they would hire a bus to take lazy people to get their photo taken. These men desereve to be exposed for what they are,,,,,two Daryls scared to death of the other Daryl that is mad at them for not privatizing the LCB. Just listen to Turzai,,,, the motive is clear.

    The very same people who decry the in-efficiency of the Motor Vehicle Agency,,,,now all of a sudden think they can handle a mandate that still isn’t clear,,,,,Amazing, ins’t it???

    Sadly,,,,,the Commonwealth will continue to decline.

  3. Jane says:

    Take the time to Read Daryl’s Bio – He is opposed to birthright citizenship,,, Read up on HB738 which he re-introduced last year, he says any Vet involed in Operation FREE is a Traitor to the Constitution (that defends birthright citizenship),,,and held up a resolution declaring October “Domestic iolence Awareness Month” because it had a “Homosexual Agenda”. That’s who the other two Daryl’s picked to complete their Trinity.

    My Hero!?!?!?!

  4. gerry says:

    Thank you Daryl, the gifts from the GOP keep on coming! What a vile human being.

    Get of the public dole you moocher, go get a real job and stop leeching from the taxpayers.

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