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Sponsor of Pa. Voter ID Law Blames ‘Activist Judge’ For Tuesday’s Ruling

(Pa. state rep. Daryl Metcalfe, left, is interviewed by KDKA radio host Mike Pintek.  Credit: NewsRadio 1020 KDKA)

(Pa. state rep. Daryl Metcalfe, left, is interviewed by KDKA radio host Mike Pintek. Credit: NewsRadio 1020 KDKA)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Two of the prime backers of Pennsylvania’s voter ID law had different reactions to today’s court decision that delays the requirement for a photo ID (see related story).

On a radio show in Pittsburgh, the sponsor of the bill — Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County) — savaged the ruling.

“This judge’s ruling is in line with what other activist judges have done,” Metcalfe told KDKA host Mike Pintek.

Metcalfe also criticized the Corbett administration’s efforts to implement the new law.

But Stephen Miskin, spokesman for Pa. House majority leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County), was much more positive about the ruling, saying his boss is pleased that it only prohibits full implementation of the Voter ID law in this November’s election, not in future elections.

“Actually, we believe every election is very important – every election is just as important,” Miskin told KYW Newsradio today.

Miskin says Turzai is also pleased that voters will still be asked to show their ID in November, even if the lack of one won’t affect voting.

Turzai drew criticism for backing the law while openly acknowledging that it would “allow Governor Romney to win the State of Pennsylvania” (see related story).

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