From the office of Del. Kathy Szeliga:
As you know, the Maryland General Assembly is meeting this week to redraw congressional districts. This process takes place every ten years after the national census.
This is a slow drawn out drama, not an action movie. As in any good theatrical production, there are tears and tempers and all the drama is orchestrated by the directors. The script is written and all actors play their parts. In Annapolis, it’s the same. The script is written by O’Malley and the Democrat Leadership is directing the action.
The redistricting script calls for Maryland’s congressional delegation of eight members to end up with seven Democrats and one Republican. This has been part of a longer term plan by the ruling Party of Maryland. Just ten years ago, in 2001, there were four Democrats and four Republicans representing us in congress. After the 2002 redistricting, the split was six Democrats and two Republicans. The goal of governor’s plan before us today is to cut Republican representation to one congressman.
The Ruling Party does not care about representing the 42% of the state that voted Republican in the last election. This is not about fairness. This is not about people. This is not about doing what is right.
Maryland’s congressional redistricting is about power and politics, pure and simple.
This dramatic presentation is playing out like a Greek tragedy. I’m happy to play the part of the antagonist – representing you and your views. However, in the end I fear the tragedy has already been scripted and the directors have whipped the actors to fall in line. The tears and complaining by some of the Democrats are fake and provide drama for the media. But in the end they are all going to vote for the governor’s plan – just like he has scripted. The final act should be on Wednesday when Special Session comes to a close, Thursday at the latest.
Reporting to you from my front row seat in the House of Delegates.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga