Backlash continues after NC official's comments on voter ID laws

Backlash continues after NC official's comments on voter ID laws

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 25, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 5:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The backlash continues after a Tarheel Republican gets caught with his foot in his mouth talking about the voter ID laws

The daily show has done it again, set out to make comedy, and in the process makes headlines, and makes waves.

“The law is gonna kick the democrats in the butt,” Don Yelton, an Asheville area Republican party precinct chair told Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.

Yelton continues admitting, “ I've been called a bigot before…if it hurts a bunch of college kids too lazy to get an ID, so be it. if it hurts the whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything so be it.”

Republicans acted quickly, denouncing the precinct chair and calling for his resignation -- which he gave just a day after the interview aired.

Mecklenburg County GOP chair Brad Overcash said, "It’s  unfortunate that he said what he said but he’s not a spokesman for the party and I think people understand that.”

But democrats say the damage is done.

Democratic Senator Malcolm Graham, told us , “That he said very publicly and some of these conversations go on behind closed doors, it just gives you a window into what some of these conservative lawmakers are thinking.”

He says it proves the attorney general was right to file suit against the state regarding the new law.

All of this happened the same week the republicans launched a nationwide effort to reconnect with African Americans.

The first so-called African American Engagement office in North Carolina opened in Mecklenburg county on Monday.

Some say they may need it now more than ever.
 

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