WELL, THAT SETTLES THAT, THEN. AS IF WE DIDN'T KNOW.




Daily Kos
April 8, 2016

Todd Albaugh is getting national attention after penning a Facebook post detailing the main reason he left his career working for Republicans in Wisconsin. In the post below, he says the last straw was when Republican state senators were working overtime to pass a strict voter ID law, similar to laws passed by other conservative legislatures around the country in recent years. 
In the post below and in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (which can also be seen below), Albaugh says that Republican state senators in Wisconsin were "giddy and happy" that these laws would help suppress Democratic voters and would hopefully give them a leg up in local campaigns and presidential campaigns. Albaugh said it made him sick to see his colleagues working so diligently to deny people their right to vote and he soon left politics all together. 
You wanna know why I left the Republican Party as it exists today? Here it is; this was the last straw: I was in the closed Senate Republican Caucus when the final round of multiple Voter ID bills were being discussed. A handful of the GOP Senators were giddy about the ramifications and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters. Think about that for a minute. Elected officials planning and happy to help deny a fellow American's constitutional right to vote in order to increase their own chances to hang onto power. 

A vigorous debate on the ideas wasn't good enough. Inspiring the electorate and relying on their agenda being better to get people to vote for them wasn't good enough. No, they had to take the coward's way out and come up with a plan to suppress the vote under the guise of 'voter fraud.' The truth? There was almost none. Oh wait, GOP Speaker Voss' estranged wife voted twice in both Idaho and WI, and a GOP staffer was caught voting twice. But it was good rhetoric. 

Yesterday, one of my employees, born in California went to get his WI ID. He was told he couldn't use his CA ID to get a WI ID without his birth certificate which is back in CA. The result? He's not able to vote today. Here's a young man in his early 20's, who is taking part and interested in voting for the first time in his life. He was excited to go to the polls. What kind of a state, a legislature, a political party is it that denies this young man his right? The GOP was born out of greater opportunity and equality. 

Wisconsin, yes the Wisconsin Republican Party, under the leadership of Republican Governor Robert M. 'Fighting Bob' La Follette lead the country in creating greater voting access to its citizens. The WI GOP was seen as a shining example of equality. THAT was the party I joined in the 80's and fought for. That party no longer exists. I don't belong to any party now. I don't think the Dems have all the answers either. But my God, to watch a party I once fought for deny a young man his voting rights...it boils my blood, leaves a pit in my stomach. It's time for a #‎GOPImplosion

An interview with Todd on MSNBC's Chris Hayes show:  


TODD ALLBAUGH: I've been a Republican for a long time. It was at that moment, Chris, in that room in the senate Republican caucus when I heard people, a Party I had fought for for over 30 years of my life, actually giddy and happy and talking about how we can take people's Constitutional rights away, or at least impede them, in order to hang onto power.
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Now, you have a group of people in the state legislature, particularly in the senate Republican caucus, who want to impede peoples' voting rights. That's the point where I said "I can't do it anymore." I can't be a Republican, I can't keep going to caucuses because this Party no longer represents me and what I believe in. 
[...]
Republicans used to fight for voting rights, and here they were taking them away. So, yes, the point is, this was a poignant point in my life. I remember it clearly and certainly the point in that room that day was how do we do this quickly because there was a lot of recalls going on in Wisconsin at that time. How do we do it quickly so that we can make sure we hang onto power in the future.

NOTE:  If I had a buck for every time some on line right wing harpie told me that Voter ID Laws were not passed to disenfranchise Democratic voters but to prevent VOTER FRAUD, I could pay my Comcast bill for a year.  Well, maybe not that long.  A month?  But you get the point.

But here's a guy who was there, in the room, a witness.   Kind of like Walter Cronkite's old B&W television show (that few of you will be able to recall since you were probably an unborn dream in your parents eyes ) "You Are There."  Yup.  Todd was there.  



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