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Voting record undermines Dems credibility on redistricting, claims GOP

16

August

We told you on Tuesday that Republicans were targeting Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith for taking a different position on redistricting as a party boss than when he was helping draw district boundaries in the state Senate.

Today, the Florida Republican Party of Florida issued another press release showing that four Democrats joined Smith in voting for the 2002 plan and "to support current legislative lines they now criticize." To be fair, all four Democrats — Skip Campbell, Steve Geller, Al Lawson, and Tom Rossin — are out of office and we haven't heard any of the four publicly criticize the current process. But that's beside the point, Republicans say.

"Florida Democrats have proven they have no credibility when they criticize the redistricting process,” RPOF spokesman Brian Hughes said. "Republicans in Florida have offered a bipartisan process for redistricting; one that respects the law and will include a diversity of representation that reflects the population of our great state."

FDP spokeswoman Brannon Jordan had a slightly different take:

"While dwelling in the basement with their party’s rock-bottom approval numbers, the Republican Party of Florida’s research team seems to have dredged up irrelevant 10-year old voting records," she said.

"Instead of working to provide Floridians the transparency they demanded, the GOP is dragging their feet and proving to be synonymous with the very backroom redistricting dealings Floridians voted to end," Jordan said. "It’s time to stop playing these political games and show the public the maps."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:53pm]

    

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