Fans of the verbally combative, pull no punches style in politics are seldom disappointed by state Senator Glenn Grothman. The West Bend Republican is never at a loss for words, and seldom forgoes an opportunity to hold forth with the media on topics which interest him, invariably having to do with Grothman’s partisan take on issues. Even by his standards, Grothman has been in rare form recently.
Take, for example, Grothman’s comments to WIBA last week, on an ordinance passed by the city council in Madison, requiring landlords to provide voter registration forms to new tenants.
“This is typical Madison city council. They do nothing but order around other people who have the nerve to do business in their city. I honestly think we ought to lasso them up, put them on a barge, ship them down the Mississippi to Cuba. I think they’d find it more to their liking down there.”
AUDIO: Sen. Grothman on WIBA (:30)
State legislators from Madison are seldom, if ever, asked to provide their opinions on actions taken by the city council in West Bend, but never mind. This isn’t the first time Grothman has lowered the boom on doings here; several years ago he vented vociferously over his displeasure with the job the city did clearing streets after a major snowfall.
Fresh from putting the council’s comrades in their place, Grothman did an interview over the weekend with Scott Keyes, for the progressive blog Think Progress, in which Grothman fielded a couple of questions about what impact Wisconsin’s voter ID law might have, were it to be in place for the November general election. The Senator was nothing if not forthright.
KEYES: If it were upheld and in place in time for the November election, do you think — polls have shown a pretty razor-thin margin — do you think it might ultimately help Romney’s campaign here in the state?
GROTHMAN: Yes. Right. I think we believe that insofar as there are inappropriate things, people who vote inappropriately are more likely to vote Democrat.
KEYES: So if these protections are in place of voter ID, that might ultimately help him in a close race?
GROTHMAN: Right. I think if people cheat, we believe the people who cheat are more likely to vote against us.
AUDIO: Keyes, Grothman Q&A (:47)
Assertions of “widespread voter fraud” notwithstanding, few Republicans – at least among those holding elected office – care to be quite so candid where voter ID is concerned. Grothman can always be reliably depended on to – if I may – let it all hang out. Whether you’re a fan or a detractor, he seldom disappoints.