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Malloy Leads Dem Redistricting Group, But Has Own History with Redistricting

January 13, 2017 By Staff
Malloy Leads Dem Redistricting Group, But Has Own History with Redistricting

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) is leading a Democratic redistricting group ahead of 2020 elections, but fought for distrct lines favorable to Democrats in 2011.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) is fighting against what Democrats called a “rigged [GOP] system” on redistricting in 2020. However, old reports reveal he fought to keep Connecticut districts favorable to Democrats in 2011 and 2012.

Malloy’s involvement in the 2020 commission was recently discussed in a CNN article on Democrat redistricting efforts:

Eric Holder, the former attorney general, kicked off a new initiative called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee on Thursday.

…Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, who is leading the redistricting group along with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico, acknowledged Democrats nationally have ignored the state-level map-making fights for too long.

Some, though, argued Malloy fought for favorable lines in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District five years ago.

More from CT News Junkie‘s Chrstine Stuart:

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero thinks Gov. Dannel P. Malloy overstepped his authority when he filed an appearance on the redistricting petition currently before the Supreme Court.

Cafero called the move “disturbing” and said it creates the appearance of partisan politics and “undue influence” on a court proceeding. He called on the governor Thursday to withdraw the appearance.

Cafero, and other Republicans, insisted the 5th District was gerrymandered back in the early 2000s. They wanted a district with cleaner borders.

Torrington’s Register Citizen agreed, in an editorial in January 2012:

As the ctmirror.org story in Saturday’s Register Citizen so eloquently demonstrated, the redistricting fell squarely where the Democrats wanted.

Judge for yourself: here’s the map that was approved, which was close to what Democrats wanted. And here’s the GOP proposal (second image), that got rid of the 5th District’s “hook” created in 2001.