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Jeb hates gerrymandering?



Gov. Jeb Bush, stumping for Republican District 16 state senate hopeful Kim Berfield, told reporters Monday that he wishes more state races were so competitive. Bush lamented that redistricting (at the hands of his fellow Republicans in the legislature) has resulted in too few competitive races because senate and house district boundary lines are finely drawn to group lopsided numbers of registered voters from one party or another (more often Republicans).

"Kim is blessed to be in a district that is 50-50,'' the governor said, referring to Berfield's tough race agaist Democrat Charlie Justice. "I think it's good to have more competitive races."

When a reporter expressed disbelief, Bush insisted he was sincere. He said competitive races promote spirited debate on the issues, with voters getting to hear varying ideas for  moving the state forward. He believes that with such debate  the public will see that the Republican message prevails.

"I'm totally convinced our views are the winning views," Bush said. Asked if he'd like to head up the next redistricting effort after the 2010 census, he said no one has asked him.

---Bill Varian

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:37am]


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