DCCC Endorses Aggressive Gerrymander to Leave New York with 3 GOP Seats

US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, speaks during her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2022. (Photo by Shawn THEW / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) wants the New York legislature to approve an aggressive gerrymander that would leave New York with three Republican and 23 Democrat seats in Congress.

DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) wrote an “Interested Parties” memo titled “Preserving and Strengthening Communities of Interest” that urges the legislature to “correct the errors of the past.”

The memo reads:

In New York City and the surrounding areas, the current map does a serviceable job ensuring that communities are linked together and that minority representation is strong – as the New York State constitution requires. Of course, communities have changed over the past decade and the new map should reflect that. Ultimately, although lines may shift or expand, the districts must preserve the ability of minority communities to elect their chosen representatives to Congress.

Ironically, Maloney accused Republicans last June of using gerrymandering to gain political power. “While Republicans clearly think their best way back to power is suppressing and gerrymandering their way to a majority, Democrats are committed to the fight of protecting and expanding voting rights for all Americans,” he said.

Republican New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis called the DCCC’s proposal a “desperate attempt to tilt the scale to give Democrats an advantage.”

Malliotakis told Fox News:

The people of the state of New York voted, not once but twice, for non-partisan redistricting. To entertain a map drawn by Nancy Pelosi’s chief campaign operative and head of a DC organization focused on only electing Democrats to Congress is highly inappropriate, defies the will of New York’s voters and is a direct assault on the state constitution. They know they can’t win on policy, merit, or debate so this is a desperate attempt to tilt the scale to give Democrats an advantage.

This year’s redistricting is the first cycle since New York voters adopted a bipartisan redistricting commission in 2014. DCCC communications director Chris Hayden defended Maloney’s advocacy. “The state’s public comment process is critical to a healthy democracy and the only venue for public comment, so as a citizen of the state Congressman Maloney chose to participate in that process,” he told the Washington Times.

Under the proposed map, the only “safe” Republicans would be Reps. Elise Stefanik, Chris Jacobs, and Andrew Garbarino, according to Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman.


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