On MSNBC, Ex-GOP Staffer Details How The Purpose Of Voter ID Laws Is To “Take People's Constitutional Rights Away”

Allbaugh: “I Heard People ... Actually Giddy And Happy And Talking About How We Can Take People's Constitutional Rights Away, Or At Least Impede Them, To Hang Onto Power”

From the April 7 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:

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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.


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 I can't be a Republican, I can't keep going to caucuses because this Party no longer represents me and what I believe in.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.


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