Politicians don’t like it when their opponents have a perceived advantage, even if it is within their own party. This is most evident when it comes to the pushback against congressional maps.
New York’s redrawn congressional map released Monday caused Democrat infighting, the Washington Examiner reported. The newest draft was meant to replace an earlier version that was just as divisive.
The newest map was drawn by a nonpartisan special master after the first map was struck down by a judge who ruled it gerrymandered heavily for the Democratic Party. However, the latest version drew criticism from New York Democrats, including House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries.
“The draft redistricting map viciously targets historic Black representation in NY and places 4 Black members of Congress into the same district,” Jeffries claimed on a social media post. “This tactic would make Jim Crow blush. The draft map is unacceptable, unconscionable, and unconstitutional,” he claimed.
Another senior Democratic official called the new map “voter suppression” and charged racist intent. “The perfidious decision by the so-called ‘special master’ is yet another front in the war to steal the right to vote from Black and Brown communities,” the unnamed senior operative.
“No one who’s paid attention to how people of color have been treated in America should be shocked at this pernicious edict.” Notably, the new map has two powerful senior Democrats facing off.
Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) will be running against House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), essentially eliminating a prominent member of the lower chamber. Moreover, its overall impact could mean a more difficult time for Democrats in the 2022 midterm election, which is shaping up to be a political bloodbath.
The public has until Friday to offer its comment, but it’s expected that the map will be adopted. Regardless of the merits of the final map, it’s satisfying for Republicans to watch Democrats have to lie in the bed they made.