Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, on Monday, ruled the current congressional district boundary lines are unconstitutional. The high court dominated by Democrat jurists, decided the congressional boundaries established in in Pennsylvania in 2011 are unconstitutional. Republicans say the ruling was a partisan attempt – in advance of the upcoming elections – to overturn the will of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. And warned the decision will be challenged.
The Chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Val DiGiorgio, released the following statement Tuesday,
“Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s politically motivated decision is a partisan attempt to overturn the will of the legislature, which approved these congressional maps with Democrat votes in 2011. Back in 2010, this same court said these district lines were constitutional — the only thing that’s changed is the makeup of the court – and the Democrats dissatisfied with the results.
This decision by judicial activists contradicts two-hundred years of precedent along with the findings of their own fact-finder, Judge Brobson. By legislating from the bench, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is throwing our elections into chaos and confusion. We intend to support efforts to secure a stay from the United States Supreme Court, similar to the recent stay granted in North Carolina.”
How we got here: After the 2010 census, the Pennsylvania General Assembly – in a bipartisan vote – adopted new district boundaries, including the 8th congressional district, all of Bucks County and a portion of Montgomery County and eliminating a section of Northeast Philadelphia. The new maps were drawn in 2011 and declared to be constitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
No doubt, the 2018 and 2020 elections are important to the Democrats itching to take over the Congress and the White House. Coincidentally (or not) former President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder have joined forces targeting gerrymandering with the formation of the National Democrat Redistricting Committee.
In President Obama’s last State of the Union address, he called for gerrymandering reform and suggested the redrawing of congressional district boundaries should not be done by politicians, perhaps, a “bipartisan group.” One would hope reform is in the wind, but this issue has long been steeped in politics. Case in point, the former president and Holder are knocking themselves out getting more Democrats elected on the state level in advance of the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Who will do the re-districting in 2020? The winners, no doubt.
Stay tuned. -PW