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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown: Defender of minority voters or self-serving incumbent?

floridas3rdcongressionaldistrict.gifWASHINGTON — Florida's 3rd Congressional District looks like someone crushed a giant bug in the Ocala National Forest, splattering north to Jacksonville and south to Orlando.

It's a finely tuned mess that U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown helped create nearly 20 years ago by forming an unlikely alliance with Republicans in a bitter fight driven by racial tension.

Brown became one of three history-making African-Americans elected to Congress from Florida in 1992 and has relied on the district's concentration of black voters to keep her in office.

She hails it as a triumph for equality.

But others have come to view the bizarrely shaped 3rd District as a glaring exhibit of everything wrong with redistricting, the once-a-decade redrawing of legislative and congressional voting lines to match population changes.

Not Brown. She's teamed back up with Republicans and is suing to keep the Fair Districts' constitutional amendment from going into effect. (story here)

[Last modified: Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:39pm]

    

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