Earlier this week Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) introduced legislation that would require Wisconsinites to present an official photo ID when voting at the polls. Even though Republicans said that their number one priority was jobs and the economy they certainly did rush this unrelated legislation out quick. Scott Walker admitted that they are trying to hurry this bill through before the April elections. Naturally it is an election where Jeff Stone is running to be a Walker clone in the office of the Milwaukee County executive.
Has anyone bothered to ask Jeff Stone about the self serving nature of him introducing this bill at this time? He is seeking a position in Milwaukee County while at the same time trying to rush through a bill that would make it more difficult for people in this county to vote. Specifically, the constituencies that are least likely to vote for him in Milwaukee County .
According the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story there is some internal debate about whether the voter ID legislation should wait and be coupled with other Republican efforts to drive down turnout in Milwaukee County. Apparently Stone understands why some in his party want to couple his bill with their other suppression efforts but at the same time he thinks that his bill should stand alone. Yeah, of course he wants his bill to stand alone. That is the only hope that he has to rush it through the legislature and get it passed just in time for the April election.
Perhaps Jeff Stone should just be upfront with the people of Wisconsin and rename his voter ID legislation something more like the "help me get elected" bill.