Thursday, October 20, 2011

Does O'Malley Hate Anyone That's Not a White Democrat?

One may get that impression after the debacle that has been brewing over the past few weeks in Annapolis. Every ten years the state legislatures are tasked with redrawing their districts using data from the Census. The changes in the Congressional maps should reflect the shifts in population and have natural boundaries. Martin O'Malley must interpret this to mean "change the maps to get rid of all of the Republicans regardless of the impacts to others including the strong African-American votes in Maryland.

The first person to holler was 300 year-old Western Maryland Republican Roscoe Bartlett. His district is going to be carved up and sliced into Montgomery County with all the anti-religion socialist-leaning liberal extremists. Also impacted is Chris Van Holen. His new district would slice up into Republican bastion of Carroll County. Do you think Chris Van Holen will be polite enough to come meet his right-wing constituents in the Eldersburg \ Sykesville area? I doubt it. But I sure will contact him a lot asking him to sponsor bills against abortion and to massively cut taxes and spend less money.

John Sarbanes. You know this Congressman. He's the one that got elected for the sole reason that his father was U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes. His districts now looks like a spider with his eight legs sticking out into various parts of Central Maryland - from Towson with a sliver over to Parkville, with a sliver down Harford Road, with an even smaller sliver down some street in Eastern Baltimore City, down through Central Baltimore, into Howard County, down into Montgomery County, up to Rockville, and from another point over Prince George's County, into Anne Arundel County, then jumping over a river into Annapolis. This district is absolutely criminal. Is John Sarbanes complaining about it? I haven't read any comments from him complaining about it. Makes me think that he's a stool pigeon for the Governor. I did see one funny comment that he should use his money to buy a boat so that he can go from one district area to another.

Then there's the part about the break-up of the African-American communities. Instead of having a couple of districts that will guarantee African-American representation in Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley seems to have chosen to ignore them and bust their districts up into areas that have a lot of white people, thus making their reelection quite a challenge. This could severely imact Donna Edwards and Elijah Cummings.

Donna Edwards has this petition to fight Martin O'Malley's plan. Please sign it!

Martin O'Malley's short-sightedness on the Congressional redistricting map should allow for quite a change in the next election. I would expect at least two changes in Maryland's Congressional representation and quite a draining of the Democratic election coffers as they would actually have to spend money to win elections for the next few years rather than run unopposed as they usually do.

Martin O'Malley - you're a dingle-hopper.

1 comment:

mdduckman said...

When I try to go sign the petition (at 4:49 pm EST on 10/20/11), it says the following: "The time period for signing this petition has ended."
Really? Why is that? I know it's not your petition, I was just curious why it won't let me sign....

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