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In Connecticut, a different kind of redistricting flap

December 28, 2011

As we know, legislative Democrats wielded their power to aid US Representative David Cicilline during the first phase of the redistricting process. But in Connecticut, Republicans who are the ones seeking broader changes of congressional districts. As the AP reports:

[D]emocrats, who currently hold all five congressional seats, argued in legal papers that only minor changes were needed to the district lines to account for the latest population fluctuations. They accused the Republicans of offering “radical changes,” such as moving Democratic-heavy Bridgeport and New Britain into different districts.

“We had a relatively simple task in front of us,” House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said last week. “Rather than pursue it in that way and in that vein, the Republicans chose to make this a political exercise to redraw the entire political map of the state of Connecticut so that they could benefit in one or more of the districts that we currently have.”

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, said last week that the Democrats were the ones trying to play politics.

 The inability of Democrats and Republicans to reach a compromise led the Connecticut Supreme Court yesterday to appoint a special master to settle the redistricting dispute.

Footnote: Cicilline’s once and perhaps future campaign manager, Eric Hyers, is currently the executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party.

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