(Pamela Cosel, Headline USA) National Democratic Redistricting Committee Chairman Eric Holder is acting like a fish out of water, flip-flopping when asked about his past stance on gerrymandering — but only about certain states.
The New York State Court of Appeals rejected on Wednesday the new district map that was initially authorized in New York, according to the Washington Post. Holder simply said he “might have done the map a little differently” after the court’s ruling. There was no outrage expressed, as he had voiced about Republican states.
He said he “indicated my opposition” to the map in Maryland and made excuses about New York’s map. He had previously bad-mouthed what was done with newly drawn maps in Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin and Florida, which lean strongly for the GOP.
Forget being fishy with his smelly remarks; the Post hit him with “two Pinocchios” as fact checker Glenn Kessler pointed out Holder’s comments. Holder said he believed the new maps should be similar to the old ones in the Democrat-run states. At the same time, those new maps were thrown out by the court.
Holder did a Face the Nation interview and tried to avoid a direct answer when asked about the gerrymandered maps drawn in the Democrat-controlled states of New York and Maryland. He was asked by CBS’s Margaret Brennan how what the Republican states have done with their maps differs from those drawn in Democrat states.
Holder has much to say about “red” states but when it comes to those dyed “blue,” he is holding the process to a different standard, making it about the color of voters’ skin. Holder said what they are doing in Florida “is certainly race conscious” with how they are redrawing district lines.
Of course, it’s all about the vote and drawing district lines so that Democrats will benefit, as noted by an article referenced in the Washington Times.
“In key states over the past decade, Democrats have gained control of state legislatures and governorships that have long been in charge of drawing new maps only to cede to authority, often to independent commissions tasked with drawing political boundaries free of partisan interference.”
The Republican State Leadership Committee put a further point on it.
“The op-ed further underscores the increasing emphasis national Democrats are putting on state legislatures as they seek to expand the socialist agenda they are implementing in Washington to every corner of the country,” they wrote.
“The battle to stop liberal gerrymandering is just beginning.”
The mainstream media needs to put a hook on that Pinocchio nose and see if Holder can keep fishing for an open, honest answer.