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    Florida redistricting looking even worse

    Florida redistricting looking even worse

    I posted the other day about how Allen West was getting hurt in the Florida redistricting.

    I linked to the Shark Tank, a Florida blog, which gave background going back several months about how Allen West was being targeted for unusually harsh treatment by fellow Republicans in the state legislature.

    A natural response, which in fact is what happened, would be to chalk it all up to the supposedly immovable force of redistricting laws.  That’s a hard sell on the surface since if it merely were a matter of punching in the numbers and seeing what came out, there would have been no need for months of discussions and negotiations.

    But that becomes harder to believe considering this commentary by J.E. Dyer in HotAir’s Greenroom about which two Republicans are hurt the most:

    To point out some more “obvious,” this is a Republican-controlled legislature.  Did the Republicans allow other GOP-held Congressional seats to be severely jeopardized by the new district lines?  Apparently, only one.  An analysis done for the Washington Post last week indicates that Allen West’s and Tom Rooney’s seats are the ones in the most danger.  Getting positive help from the redistricting are Republicans Dan Webster, Sandy Adams, Mario Diaz-Balart, and John Mica.

    Redistricting isn’t as easy as it looks, of course.  But it is not believable that it is either a fully non-partisan process – when anyone is doing it – or that the Florida GOP leadership was neutral as to which seats were jeopardized by their plan.

    One possibility is that Republican leaders thought West and Rooney were the most likely to achieve reelection in newly hostile districts.  They haven’t said that, so that’s pure speculation based on trying to put this in a positive light.

    Meanwhile, who are Florida’s arguably most outspoken, conservative Republican Congressmen?  West and Rooney.

    Update: Mark Levin interviewed West on January 30.  West stated that maps were submitted to the legislature which would have kept his district intact and still been in compliance with state and federal law.  Levin said he did not believe the excuses being made that the map had to be drawn the way it was as a matter of law.


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    The issue far beyond Romney is why we would take the probable chance of losing District 22? Florida has two new Districts, both drawn to be Republican. District 22 easily conforms to current law. In line with current lines, adding to the north adds similar geographic and demographic voters. Removing existing swaths to the north does not. Adding to the west into Broward does not.

    Why would the GOP want to take their two new districts, and give up one they own now? Why would they not want three districts?

    Perhaps the thought is the GOP has a chance to run a moderate with a small chance of winning and ridding itself of Allen West at the same time, or they dislike him so intensely they are willing to give the Democrats a seat. None of this is necessary by law or by reason.

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    Karensky | January 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Allen West’s district 22 was held for years by Democrats, it was not an easy district for any Republican to win. For the Fl. Republican party to throw him to the wolves is just plain wrong. On one side of his district is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and on the other side is Alcee Hastings so there is no possible way that the Republicans are doing anything other than giving up District 22 to the Democrats and screwing Congressman West. I campaigned for him and I am spitting mad about this.

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