MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman told a Milwaukee television reporter last night that he believed Republicans would win Wisconsin’s Electoral College votes for the first time in over 30 years because of Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature’s unconstitutional voter ID bill. As a then-state Senator, Grothman was the legislature’s biggest cheerleader for the Voter ID law’s passage in 2011.
“On Election Day, the truth comes straight from the horse’s mouth: Republicans passed voter ID because they have to cheat to win in November,” said Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now. “Thank you for providing even more evidence for our lawsuit.”
In the exchange, available here, Grothman is interviewed by Charles Benson of WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.
Charles Benson: “Take me forward to November. You know that a lot of Republicans since 1984 in the presidential races have not been able to win in Wisconsin. Why would it be any different for Ted Cruz or a Donald Trump.”
U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman: “Well, I think Hillary Clinton is the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up and now we have photo ID and I think photo ID is gonna make a little bit of a difference as well.”
In addition to Grothman, Todd Allbaugh, then-chief of staff to former state Senator Dale Schulz, stated publicly yesterday that he was in on the behind closed doors meeting of legislators debating the Voter ID plot, writing:
“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.”
Allbaugh added additional information about the secret meeting in a public Facebook post.
“Republicans are finally publicly admitting that they are manipulating election laws to give themselves an unfair partisan advantage,” concluded Ross. “The right to vote is sacred and should not be subject to interference from partisan, political games.”
One Wisconsin Now’s education and research arm, One Wisconsin Institute, is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit, scheduled for court in May, to overturn all of Gov. Walker and the Republican attacks on voting rights over the past five years.