You’ve heard about it by now. Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai let his comments at this weekend’s Republican State Committee meeting get a little out of hand when he told the conservative audience the Pennsylvania Voter ID bill will help Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney win the commonwealth come November.
“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,” he said.
His comments have drawn ire from state and national Democrats and liberals, and has led to headlines across the country. Because until now, pro-Voter ID Republicans have maintained the rule has nothing to do with partisan politics, everything to do with voter fraud. Capitalizing on that, some General Assembly Democrats held a press conference this morning where they unloaded on Turzai and Pennsylvania Republicans.
The press conference, organized by State Sen. Daylin Leach, began with background on Turzai’s statements, which the Majority Leader’s spokesman Stephen Miskin say are being taken out of context for political gain.
“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,” said Miskin, who also noted, according to CBS, the “Republican candidate – presidential candidate – is going to have a fairer playing field.”
Leach said that explanation does “not pass the laugh test.” He noted voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in Pennsylvania and the United States and ended his opening statements with this burn: “If you have to stop people voting to win elections, your ideas suck.”