Steve Bousquet column: Redistricting lines don't always work out as planned
The redrawing of Florida's political boundaries is a highly unpredictable business. Just ask Curt Kiser.
For years, the people of North Pinellas were ably represented by Kiser, one of many moderate, good-government Republicans the region has sent to Tallahassee.
But Kiser had his sights set on another capital: Washington.
He was House Republican leader in 1982, the year Florida got four new congressional seats following the massive population growth of the 1970s. A big part of that growth was in east Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
"I was right in the middle of where that seat had to be," Kiser, a lawyer-lobbyist, recalled Monday.
It looked like a cinch. So confident was Kiser of his chances that one day he emerged from a Capitol hearing, smiled and said, "Just call me 'Congressman.'" This paper picked up the line and printed it, and Kiser has never quite lived it down.