From the Office of Sen. Nancy Jacobs
I joined with every member of the Republican Party to fight the Governor’s Congressional Districting plan. Despite our unified front, the number of Democrats willing to fall in line behind the power structure in Annapolis did result in O’Malley’s map getting preliminary approval in the Senate.
This Congressional map is simply about partisan politics and not about people. Even members of the Democratic Party’s own base who are victimized by the scheme testified against it. We heard from African American’s in Montgomery County complain that their neighborhoods are broken up without good reason. Congresswoman Donna Edwards says it splits close-knit minority communities. The Montgomery County Council President and a Latina Councilwoman also testified against the Governor’s redistricting map. The League of Women Voters, Common Cause and ordinary citizens testified against the Governors’ Plan.
Republican’s introduced three alternative maps. All three keep the rural areas together. All three allow for an extra Minority-Majority district in the Maryland suburbs near Washington D.C. Why is it all three were rejected when they serve all the people best? The Democratic Machine bulldozed the alternative plans into the ground in a cold blooded attempt to hold on to power.
We must act at the voting booth. This power grab comes as O’Malley announces he will consider raising the gas tax by as much as 15 cents a gallon. We must change the balance of power in Annapolis. All the Democratic Leadership cares about their head count in Washington… not about the people.
God bless you.
Senator Nancy Jacobs
Senate Minority Leader
District 34– Harford and Cecil County