Aviva Shen at Think Progress has posted the following story, which features PA House Rep Daryl Metcalfe (District 12 / Butler County, which is just north of Pittsburgh) in an interview with KDKA radio this morning.....
I have never posted a diary and with my crazy schedule I rarely even have time to comment, but this story really has me fired up. I do not know what is happening in Pennsylvania but this Republican party is losing their collective minds. As a PA resident I am embarrassed for my state. In my personal and professional life I almost never hear anyone talk the way our elected republicans are talking.
As Pennsylvania’s strict voter ID law returns to the lower court for reconsideration, its original sponsor, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA), told KDKA Radio Wednesday morning that his law will only disenfranchise “lazy” people, like the ones Mitt Romney was talking about in the leaked video of a private fundraiser.I'm not sure how to post the KDKA audio link, but if you click on the above story Think Progress has the audio.
When asked about the voter ID law’s disenfranchisement of the 750,000 Pennsylvanians who cannot get IDs, Metcalfe cited Romney’s offhand dismissal of the 47% of the country who will never “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” as proof that those people don’t deserve the right to vote:
HOST: Are you absolutely convinced…that the methods to implement this law are effective and will in fact make sure no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised?
METCALFE: I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsiblity that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. As Mitt Romney said, 47% 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.
Interesting how Representative Metcalfe, a Romney supporter, understood his comments about the 47% exactly how most thinking people did - yet Mitt continues to deny this is what he meant. Unfortunately, Metcalfe and his ilk actually believe this crap!
These elected officials need to be exposed. Rep Metcalfe is the author of PA Voter ID law and this interview very clearly exposes the intentions of this law. Of course he's not alone. Lets not forget his pal Mike Turzai's famous comments: Turzai: Voter ID Will Allow Romney to Win Pa.