Supporters of Pennsylvania's controversial new voter ID law - which is at this minute the subject of a court battle - say it's about curbing in-person voter fraud.
So why is it that GOP leaders keep suggesting there's a political motive behind it?
Who can forget GOP House leader Mike Turzai's infamous comments at a party dinner last summer when he boasted that the new voter ID would "allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania."
That created a national firestorm, as Democrats and liberal talk show hosts pounced on the notion that Turzai had revealed the dark truth about voter ID; that it would prevent Democrats from voting.
Now PA GOP party chairman Rob Gleason has set off a new round of criticism by crediting voter ID with helping narrow Obama's margin of victory last fall.
In an interview broadcast on PCN-TV, Gleason was asked whether he thought the attention drawn to Voter ID affected last year’s elections.
He replied."Yeah, I think a little bit. We probably had a better election. Think about this, we cut Obama by 5%, which was big. A lot of people lost sight of that. He won, he beat McCain by 10%, he only beat Romney by 5%. I think that probably Voter ID had helped a bit in that."
That didn't escape the notice of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow who took Gleason and fellow Republicans to task on her show earlier this week.
GOP party spokeswoman Valerie Caras in an email today said there remains a legitimate concern about voter fraud and blamed the Democrats for creating "hysteria" that may have kept their voters at home.
"We heard from many Republican, Democrat and Independent voters who were upset that their votes could have been cancelled out by voter fraud for years – fraud that we know is real," she said. "Contrary to the distortions Democrats have been and are continuing to push, the simple fact is that Photo ID laws were not in effect in the 2012 election, but the debate in the state legislature, the news coverage and public information campaign could have an impact on the voter in the same way as other issues do."
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