State Treasurer candidate Diana Irey Vaughan may have stolen the show at the Republican State Committee meeting this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean other party members didn’t have anything to say.
In fact, one of them had a lot to say.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) suggested that the House’s end game in passing the Voter ID law was to benefit the GOP politically.
“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.”
The statement drew a loud round of applause from the audience. It also struck a nerve among critics, who called it an admission that they passed the bill to make it harder for Democrats to vote — and not to prevent voter fraud as the legislators claimed.
“Instead of working to create jobs and get our economy back on track, Mike Turzai and the Republicans in Harrisburg have been laser focused on a partisan agenda that simply helps their donors and political allies,” said PA Dems spokesman Mark Nicastre.
“Mike Turzai’s admission that Voter ID only serves the partisan interests of his party should be shocking, but unfortunately it isn’t. Democrats are focused on protecting Pennsylvanians’ rights to vote, and we are working hard to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can vote this fall.”
Turzai spokesman Stephen Miskin said voter fraud is a real problem.
“Do you remember ‘Joe Cheeseboro?’” he asked, reiterating that election fraud has occurred in PA and across the nation.
“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…Anyone looking further into it has their own agenda.”
Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco), one of the loudest critics of Voter ID, disagreed. He said that in order to justify the scope of the Voter ID law, and the hundreds of thousands of people who will be prevented from voting under its provisions, would require hundreds of Joe Cheeseboro cases.
“This is making clear to everyone what Voter ID was all about. This is about one thing: disenfranchising Democratic voters and rigging elections for Republicans,” Leach said. “When they get behind closed doors, they admit it. And that’s exactly what Turzai did.”
Will Voter ID actually make a difference for Romney? It’s highly unlikely. The closest any Republican has come to winning PA since 1988 was George W. Bush in 2004; he lost by 2.5 percent and 144,248 votes. That’s at least 144,000 higher than the number of voter fraud convictions in PA since 1988.
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RE: Voter ID:
Done! Done! and really Done!
It seems to me that all GOPers are stealing the outcome of an Infinite Number of Monkeys in a room with and Infinite Number of Typewriters.
I think the Republican Party will be the ultimate losers on this one. Luckily for us Democrats, the Republican have always been short sighted and have a habit of creating their own problems. This bill is a great example of this shortsitedness.
Their presidential candidate is a real winner (Nooooot.) This morning I heard him say, “The economy is worse since Obama took over.” and not more than two minutes later said, “I didn’t say the economy is worse.” He better start sticking with the prompters. He is obviously in trouble whenever he tries to adlib.
Now that the first appeal to the courts has lost, I really can’t understand how this story continues to be ignored. If I could influence Congress, my two priorities would be to stop voter suppression and to restore the “keep taking” rule to the Senate filibuster. These two things do more to destroy majority rule than almost anything else I can think of.
Shameful. Absolutely disgusting.
He just pulled the scab off the sore.
No. He’s DONE, DONE, DONE.
That is just to show what it is all about.
There is nothing else to prove with these rascals.
There is no need for this law plain and simple. No evidence of any significant voter fraud exists. Given this law would dispoportionately exclude democratic votes its common sense. This is a deliberate attempt o prevent democrats from voiting
Romney can win PA by donating 15 million to Scranton!!!
The right has realized that they can no longer hide their devious intentions and nowadays are arrogantly disrespecting all decent Americans with their grossly UnAmerican actions. I hope the Feds bust all of them as conspiracy to deny or defraud voting rights is a criminal offense. AS IT SHOULD BE… LIAR LIAR, YOUR PARTIES QUAGMIRE…
What is the problem with voter ID. Do you not present ID when you cash a check. At the doctors office they are also asking for ID. Buying booze, cigarettes, cough medicine, requires ID. I do not want to disenfranchise any legitimate voter, I just don’t want my vote cancelled by an illegal vote. Simple as that. Need a ride for Voter ID, call your Dem or Rep HQ and ask for a ride. With all the free cell phones, this should not be a problem.
My republican, non minority parents who are land owners, are on the tax rolls, are well known at their local polling place and well known in the commuinity are 92 and almost 90. They are republicans, and are supervoters, they have voted in every election and have lived in Chester County since 1960. What is their crime? They are no longer able to drive, they have given up their drivers liscenses and are unwell enough to go to the DMV to get photo id’s. My mother is bed ridden and my father has breathing issues. They both vote absentee as health issues in the past 10 years have made voting at our local polls difficult. Why would the republican party want to silence a former veteran and someone who did war work in WWII? Because the tin earred, empthy vessel of Carol Aichele is the point person behind this law. This woman who single handedly lost the unassailable seat of the late Robert Thompson has her job as an unearned political plumb,her husband also feeds at the public trough as a political advisor to the Governor. The former elementary school science teacher who called our home 68 times during a three week period via robo calls during the 2006 election for Bob Thompson’s seat, who lost this historically republican seat that had been held by a republican for 130 years could screw up a one car funeral. This bill makes republicans look bad, it makes them look like they are making a power grab and makes us look racist. Gee, what could be tin earred about that during the most important election in my generation? With leadership like Mrs. Aichele we republicans are doomed.
But, for the record, I didn’t get to this fight until 40 or so comments in.
BTW, I LOVE the way you scream my name…fact.
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And one of them is YOU, math genius.
Isaac L., the only ones who should be embarassed are the ones who believed that 53.9% of eligible registered voters turned out to vote in Philly’s ’00 Presidential. Someone tried to pull a fast one above by putting population in the denominator. But then again, most of the comments on this board are from the same 1 or 2 anonymous liars. Tisk tisk.