Cornyn: “Attorney General is Playing to the Lowest Form of Identity Politics”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Texas Attorney General, today responded on the Senate floor to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech criticizing the Texas voter identification law yesterday in Houston.
The following are excerpts from his speech, which can be viewed here.
"Yesterday, Attorney General Holder spoke in Houston, Texas, at a gathering of the NAACP, and I' m sorry to say that his remarks were completely inappropriate and misleading.
"He once again defamed my state, and our state legislature, by equating our common sense voter I.D. law with a poll tax. By invoking the specter of Jim Crow racism, the Attorney General is playing the lowest form of identity politics.
“Mr. Holder knows better. His rhetoric is irresponsible and a disgrace to the office of the Attorney General. Shame on him.”
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.