The state House's No. 2 Democrat, Mike Turner, can't seem to help himself. He keeps making life easier for the Republicans. First, he was full of praise for Republican Rep. Curry Todd even after Todd's arrest for driving drunk with a loaded gun. Today, after Turner filed legislation to repeal the photo ID voter law, Republicans quickly pointed out he was for that law before he was against it.
“This blustery fall day must have had Mike Turner thinking about wearing flip-flops at the beach, because his position on voter ID is a complete flip-flop from the view he had this past Spring,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“Having personally been involved in a campaign in Memphis that was stolen from our Republican candidate by out-of-state voters and dead people, I am appalled at the Democrats’ attempt to compromise our elections and move our state backwards,” said Devaney.
Back in April during the photo ID debate, Turner said he was all for the bill as long as photo IDs were offered free for people who couldn't afford one. In a separate law, free IDs were provided for.
“I don’t have a problem with this bill at all if we’re gonna pay for it," Turner said. "Now, if you’re not willing to go get a free ID, then maybe, you know, you shouldn’t deserve to vote."