Stephens has gone to bat on the Voter ID law. From a press release:
After two weeks of discussion and editing, the editorial staff at the New York Times printed a letter-to-the-editor from Senator Bill Stephens defending Georgiaâ€™s new voter photo identification law.
Stephensâ€™ was responding to a July 20 Times editorial critical of the law (see as-printed and originally-submitted versions of Stephensâ€™ letter below). Stephensâ€™ letter appeared in the Sunday, August 14, issue of the publication.
Although the original Times editorial criticizing the Georgia law exceeded 300 words, Senator Stephens was limited to half of that length in which to defend the new law.
â€œI didnâ€™t mind being limited because I can refute a liberal attack on the Voter ID law with one-half of my words tied behind my back!â€? said Stephens slightly tongue-in-cheek.
â€œIn all seriousness, I am excited to have the opportunity to defend Georgia against the unfounded fears being raised by Jesse Jackson and the New York Times editorial board,â€? said Stephens. â€œEven Mexico has a Voter ID law, and it is time the other side of the story was heard on this issue.â€?
One thing that press people need to do when sending things out to blogs now is provide a link so we who have real jobs and are too lazy to scour the New York Times can put up a link to his letter.
I might need to start a Peach Pundit lecture series on blogs in politics. Hmmm . . . .
[UPDATE] Katie Grove, campaign aide extraordinaire, was quick on the resend and sent along the link to Senator Stephens’s letter to the New York Times. The letter is here. Unfortunately, Senator Stephens was limited in words while the leftist editors got as much as they wanted in their original editorial.