Massachusetts Republicans say they plan to fight redistricting efforts, which they believe are aimed at tightening the Democratic hold on the state congressional delegation, the Boston Herald reported Monday.
A number of GOP candidates who failed in their attempts in 2010 to unseat Rep. Barney Frank and other long-serving Democratic congressmen are accusing the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, made up of 22 Democrats and 5 Republicans, of drawing up plans in secret, despite claims that everything would be done in the open.
“They came out and said, ‘We’re going to do this fairly’ . . . then they went behind closed doors and are deciding it amongst themselves,” Brookline Republican Sean Bielat told the Herald. “The fact they were able to put the state House and Senate districts out and they still haven’t done the congressional districts is indicative of the horse-trading that’s occurring in order to save incumbents.”
The paper quoted Bielat, who lost to Frank in 2010, as saying that the Democratic congressman’s heavily gerrymandered district, which touches on four counties and snakes from Brookline to New Bedford, is just one example of the problem facing Republicans.
“It’s absolutely drawn to provide protection to the current incumbent and future Democrats who represent that district,” he told the Herald. “It’s not drawn to make sure you have an equal voice for people with similar problems.”
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