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Corrine Brown and Mr. Gerry Mandering



Corrine Looks like Corrine Brown is taking heat for defending the system that created her sprawling gerrymandered district. First she hung up on one radio station asking her about it, and then she explained her position to another station, noting that for much of its history Florida had no African-American legislators.

"Do you know who Gerry Mandering was? He was a white legislator that had a lot of power," she was quoted as saying. "And what we want to make sure is everybody has a fair opportunity to have representation in the United States Congress. In the House, the Senate, the city council and the school boards."

Gerry Mandering? Actually, Massachussetts Gov. and former U.S. Vice President Elbridge Gerry in 1812 signed into law a district that was said to look like a salamander. That's  where the term gerrymander took root.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:42am]


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