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Weatherford Confirms Redistricting Will Leave Allen West’s Congressional Seat Vulnerable
The Shark Tank ^ | January 27, 2012 | Javier Manjarres

Posted on 01/29/2012 5:56:40 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Jacksonville,FL- After last night’s Republican Presidential debate, the candidates’ respective spinmeisters made their cases to the media as to why their guy won the debate. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s spokesmen was Florida Representative Will Weatherford, and during the course of his remarks in the “Spin Room”, he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida Legislature. Over the past several weeks, many Republicans have voiced their disappointment towards the Republican legislature after the release of the preliminary redistricting maps. Much of the ire concerns the proposed boundaries of Congressman Allen West’s 22nd Congressional District that would be redrawn to include far more registered Democrats.

West’s congressional district inexplicably sheds the most Republican electoral support, in comparison  to all other incumbent Republican and Democrat Congressman. A few weeks back we quoted an unnamed legislator saying that, “Allen West was screwed”, a statement which was originally made about made five months before the proposed maps were made public, leading insiders to believe that the fix was in against Allen West. But in light of Weatherford’s comment, it is increasingly clear that this is a fait accompli. (Read more-Allen West is Screwed)

According to Weatherford, those preliminary maps will not change- at the most, any additional changes would be minimal, and those changes would not make any appreciable difference from the preliminary maps. In addition, Weatherford stated that a deal was struck between him, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, and Senator Don Gaetz to finalize these maps and push them through as soon as possible. Weatherford also said that the proposed maps are in legal compliance with both the Voting Rights Act and Amendment 6.

So based on Weatherford’s comments, the 22nd Congressional District is now very much in play for the Democrat Party, and West is at an even larger disadvantage than he was previously- it will be a very difficult and expensive seat for Republicans to defend.

Part of the challenge we with the new amendments, 5 and 6 that past, it created clear standards about how we draw districts. So, we can’t draw districts for any partisan reasons, we can’t draw districts based upon what a candidate wants, or what a party wants. We have to draw them based upon what the law said, so it took away a lot of the flexibility normally a legislature would have . And so in doing that, we felt that the maps we did draw, were the most legally compliant possible. There were winners and losers in that, unfortunately. But, I think that what we wanted to do was take the maps that we could send to the court, and hopefully get through the court, and I think we did that.

I think our plan is to pass it through(Allen West’s map) It complies with the Voting Right Act, it complies with Amendment 6, which is also something we have to follow. Drawing districts is not as easy as doing what you want, you have to look at cities, you have to look at county boundaries, you have to make population exactly the same in a congressional district, its not easy when you have two new districts that come into the state, that makes eveyone elses district a little bit smaller.

It’s a challenging process, but I think that what Senator Gaetz and I, and the Speaker and the President negotiated is a map that is fair and is legal. We allowed everyone to have a say. Republicans had a say, Democrats had a say. If people wanted to file amendments to make the districts different, they could, but everything we did was based on how to make the maps as legal as we possibly could.-Rep. Will Weatherford (R)



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: allenwest; amendment5; amendment6; establishment; florida; gop; legislature; redistricting; republicans; votingrightsact
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1 posted on 01/29/2012 5:56:55 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Perhaps Divine Providence has a role for Allen West that surpasses the boundaries of District 22.

Or, perhaps the newly-drawn District will see his merits as a leader of individuals and give him their vote.

2 posted on 01/29/2012 6:02:11 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ve got a feeling Arizona is going to have more commie ‘RAT Reps. after the next election too. Barry’s commandos came in here and turned our districts into a joke. The so called “courts” liked the new map though.


3 posted on 01/29/2012 6:03:08 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! Your President's DOJ is taking the Fifth Amendment! How do you feel about that?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Of course it is a mysterious coincidence that West is outspoken (mouthy in Republican elite speak).


4 posted on 01/29/2012 6:11:42 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t like any politician to have an easy time getting reelected. I can’t stand how gerrymandered our congress has become. I say start completely over and make it extremely difficult to be reelected for all of them. They get lazy and make dumb decisions if they know they don’t have to work for reelection.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 6:25:04 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: napscoordinator

Heck, even Cuba is promoting term limits for their politicians


6 posted on 01/29/2012 6:42:32 PM PST by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; JulieRNR21; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; randita; GOPsterinMA

As I said in another thread on this topic, this must be stopped. Floridians need to call their state legislators and demand that this be remidied.


7 posted on 01/29/2012 6:46:25 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: JimSEA

As I understand it, Tom Rooney’s brother has a desire to get a seat in congress and it would be that district. Brian Rooney moved to my district in Michigan just days before announcing a 2010 run (Which failed)

Brian Rooney proved himself to be a RINO favorite during that race by running around with the main st republicans.


8 posted on 01/29/2012 7:16:50 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

RINO Establishment types cannot stand conservatives, especially conservative minorities.


9 posted on 01/29/2012 8:05:10 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Just imagine if Maxine Waters was so targeted. Or John Conyers. Or Jesse Jackson Jr.

NAACP would be pounding the pavement. The usual faces would be in all the camera. BET would be running special programming.

Speaking ahead of Newt on Saturday, West was right to call Democrats the party of racism. He has become uppity, dared to step out of line, he doesn't know his place and he must be eliminated for fear others might follow his lead.

10 posted on 01/29/2012 9:02:44 PM PST by newzjunkey (a FL win returns Romney to the "inevitability" path.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; randita

Friggin amendment 6, it’s sickening to see redistricting fouled up by this nonsense in Republican states.


11 posted on 01/29/2012 9:56:39 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Last week it happened in Texas..in Texas! I was blown away. If they don’t win by the rules, they change the rules to win. We are prisoners of folks with entirely too much power. I was against term limits for some time, but now they are looking good.


12 posted on 01/30/2012 2:29:53 AM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Last week it happened in Texas..in Texas! I was blown away. If they don’t win by the rules, they change the rules to win. We are prisoners of folks with entirely too much power. I was against term limits for some time, but now they are looking good.


13 posted on 01/30/2012 2:29:53 AM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: momincombatboots
If they don’t win by the rules, they change the rules to win.

Just like lawyers.

14 posted on 01/30/2012 6:49:49 AM PST by beachn4fun (I have a book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble)
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To: momincombatboots
Texas got four new Congressional Districts and Florida got two. So it becomes a fight to split up the state to incorporate the new districts. Texas has to have Fed approval and there are five counties in FL that need that approval also. Population growth, census data and politicians don't necessarily make for rational decisions in redistricting. JMO.
15 posted on 01/30/2012 7:02:28 AM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Bastards


16 posted on 01/30/2012 7:16:40 AM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They don’t go after liberal Dems this way. :(:(:(:(:(


17 posted on 01/30/2012 8:11:37 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce

This is just the beginning of the GOP establishment’s attempt to purge the party of conservatives, Tea Party activists, libertarians and anyone who is not willing to kiss the ring of whichever patrician liberal these elites anoint to go down to glorious defeat against corrupt Democrat presidential nominees. This is what National Review, Townhall.com, the Wall Street Journal, Drudge, Fox News, etc., want. A nice clean, well behaved, compliant party, who will do their bidding without question and who will not “embarrass” them during their meetings with Democrats. If Newt goes down, Allan West should be nominated to run a 3rd party ticket.


18 posted on 01/30/2012 8:35:50 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: cripplecreek; JimSEA
As I understand it, Tom Rooney’s brother has a desire to get a seat in congress and it would be that district.

My understanding was the West was SOL when Democrats got Amendments 5 & 6 passed by referendum. His current district is a gerrymandered area surrounded by Democrat voting precincts and with the new constraints, district lines similar to his current ones would have been illegal.

There's a reason Democrats pushed for those amendments.

Maybe West can survive, maybe he will lose and get a cabinet post. He'd make a terrific Secretary of State.

19 posted on 01/30/2012 8:56:59 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: RygelXVI
Maybe West can survive, maybe he will lose and get a cabinet post.

Dept of Homeland Security head or Secy of Defense would be his best positions.
20 posted on 01/30/2012 9:24:25 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("Criticism......brings attention to an unhealthy state of things"-Winston Churchill)
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To: RygelXVI

If Romney becomes president the only job he’d have for West is shining shoes in the White House basement. Romney and his ilk cannot stand men like West and women like Palin.


21 posted on 01/30/2012 9:34:35 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: RygelXVI
Gerrymandering of districts isn't unique to FL. We have a few in Texas even the one Jack-Lee occupies.

The current layout of the FL 22 that is in question.


22 posted on 01/30/2012 9:44:25 AM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Then perhaps it`s time for Allen West to consider a third-party run for President vs. the two liberal parties if Romney gets the Gray Old Paternalist nomination.

Never thought I`d say “third party” in any context but a disdainful one, but my aggravation vs. the Gray Old Paternalists is reaching a crescendo.


23 posted on 01/30/2012 10:54:32 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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To: beachn4fun

That would explain why they are mostly lawyers.. I suppose.


24 posted on 01/31/2012 12:09:59 PM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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