Thursday, January 12, 2006

Blue Texas

Blue Texas: "01/12/06: Texas Redistricting One More Hurdle For Delay

I'm now a guest blogger on Blue Texas. This is my most recent post. Check them out.

Texas State Representative Aaron Pena's A Capitol Blog steered me to this story.

Representative Tom DeLay is in the toughest re-election campaign of his 11-term House career, a battle that might be decided not only by his legal problems, but also by the Congressional redistricting plan he spearheaded in 2003.

The redistricting led to the loss of six Democratic seats in Texas in 2004, but it also shifted thousands of Democratic voters to strong Republican districts. Among those, Mr. DeLay's 22nd District added several Democratic-leaning parts of Galveston County; several political analysts estimate they may have raised the district's Democratic vote around 5 percent.

'There is huge irony here,' said Richard Murray, a University of Houston political scientist. 'Six Democrats in Congress were eliminated, but the seventh victim may turnout to be the author of the plan.'

Read the rest of the story. If Delay were to lose because of his own redistricting, it truly would be poetic justice."


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