Politics GOP redistricting group signs Chris Christie, Mike Pompeo, and Karl Rove to boost efforts
Democrats face new hurdles in legal fight over redistricting
The fight over redrawing political maps is just ramping up in state legislatures and nonpartisan commissions around the country. But both Republicans and Democrats already are planning for major showdowns in the courts. For months, Democrats and Republicans have been laying the groundwork for a complex, 50-state legal battle over the once-a-decade process of redistricting. Both parties are preparing for a changed legal climate — where federal courts are newly hostile to claims of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering and state courts could create a patchwork of rulings. And it will all play out in a tightened timeframe, thanks to pandemic-related delays.
Two Republican 2024 contenders and a top GOP strategist are joining forces to boost the party’s bid to secure more friendly House seats in decennial redistricting, the national group leading the effort announced.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, previously a House member from Kansas, are signing on as co-chairmen of National Republican Redistricting Trust. The organization is charged with boosting party efforts in the states to draw congressional maps that maximize the number of seats drawn to elect Republicans while providing legal assistance to defeat opposing lawsuits brought by the Democrats. Karl Rove, a top Republican strategist, is joining NRRT as a senior adviser.
Chris Christie Says GOP Needs to Cast Off QAnoners, White Supremacists and Conspiracies
"We need to be the party that embraces the truth, even when it's painful," Christie said. "Unacceptable grievances and conspiracy theories always die hard,"Among the conspiracy theorists, Christie included those who believe that widespread voter fraud "stole" the 2020 election from Republican former President Donald Trump, who lost the election by more than 7 million popular votes. Trump's attorney general and head of election security both said there was no evidence of widespread fraud.
“When Democrats don’t win at the ballot box, there is no legal strategy they won’t try in order to litigate their way into power,” NRRT Executive Director Adam Kincaid said in a statement. “We need Republicans like Secretary Pompeo and Gov. Christie who will defend our country and our party against the Democrats’ attempted nationwide judicial power grab.”
Democrats accuse Republicans of “gerrymandering” — drawing contorted maps that unfairly boost GOP prospects at the expense of the political choices a majority of voters would otherwise make in a particular state. The Democrats have their own national group to lead their party’s efforts on this front: The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by chairman Eric Holder, former attorney general under former President Barack Obama.
Chris Christie — a possible 2024 presidential contender — takes direct aim at Trump
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denounced former President Donald Trump in a speech Thursday night and said the GOP must rid itself of him and his cult of personality. Christie, in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., did not mention Trump’s name. But there was no question about who he was referring to as he described the Republican Party being dragged into a moment of “peril.” He also directly confronted Trump’s insistence that he somehow won the 2020 election — a baseless conspiracy theory the former president and his allies have been promulgating since he lost to Joe Biden in November.
Republicans, meanwhile, claim that it is the Democratic Party that is engaged in unfair gerrymandering. NRRT officials say their twin goals are ensuring that states produce fair maps that reflect the will of the voters and stopping Democrats from using the courts to accomplish what they fail to squeeze out of a state’s legislature, or independent redistricting commission, depending on which entity oversees the process.
“Obama and Holder claim to oppose ‘extreme partisan gerrymandering,’ but the truth is they support the far left rigging the maps to ensure Democratic control,” Rove said in a statement released by NRRT.
Republicans did not lose control of a single state legislature in which they held a majority in the 2020 elections. That, combined with the reapportionment of House seats per the 2020 census, has positioned the GOP to win the battle over redistricting heading into the 2022 midterm elections. Republicans only need to win about five seats to recapture the House majority, a figure they could net from redistricting alone before a single vote is cast.
Christie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group
The group charged with coordinating the GOP's redistricting strategy has tapped former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as its national co-chairs.The National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT) also announced on Thursday that longtime GOP strategist Karl Rove will serve as a senior adviser. Both Christie and Pompeo are seen as potential candidates for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination."The National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT) also announced on Thursday that longtime GOP strategist Karl Rove will serve as a senior adviser. Both Christie and Pompeo are seen as potential candidates for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
The Democrats claim this outcome is only possible if the Republicans unfairly manipulate the new maps.
“Redistricting doesn’t naturally shrink the battlefield — Republicans do that by choice,” NDRC executive director Kelly BurtonThursday. “Fair maps would actually yield a 40% INCREASE in the # of competitive House seats.”
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Census: US sees unprecedented multiracial growth, decline in the white population for first time in history .
The results from the 2020 census are meant to be a snapshot of the population as of April 1, 2020. The data will show how the population has changed.“These changes reveal that the US population is much more multiracial, and more racially and ethnically diverse, than what we measured in the past,” said Nicholas Jones, the director of race, ethnicity, research and outreach for the Census Bureau's population division.