David Daley, FV senior fellow and communications director broke some news this week, with his new expose on partisan gerrymandering at Salon. Daley reports newly uncovered documents showing a “years-long” gerrymandering scheme that would re-draw congressional maps across the country and unfairly position one of the two major political parties in power for a decade or longer.
The plan was the brainchild of the Republican State Leadership Committee, who designated the strategy as REDMAP, short for Redistricting Majority Project. As Daley wrote, “They designed an audacious and revolutionary plan to wield the gerrymander as a tool to lock in conservative governance of state legislatures and Congress.”
Reaction to the piece has been remarkable. Since the story dropped on Tuesday, Daley has been fielding interview requests from a variety of news organizations. Twitter lit up as the story was trending right after its release. Some significantly-followed accounts (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Jon Cryer, R.E.M.) retweeted the article to their millions of followers. At this writing, it’s been shared more than 100,000 times on Twitter alone.
The timing couldn’t be more right for the revelations. As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decides on unfair partisan gerrymandering in the Keystone State and a SCOTUS ruling on Gill v Whitford expected in a few months, the notion politicians are drawing maps to choose the voters they want is definitely on the minds of citizens who worry about a lack of accountability from elected leaders, and fear that our democracy is being contorted to benefit only the rich and well-connected.
You can read Daley’s notable piece here.