GOP Statement On Redistricting
The Mississippi Republican just sent out this press release on the proposed House maps:
“The Republican Party encourages legislators on both sides of the aisle to take time, review not only the plan put forward by the House today but also alternative proposals, and to make the best decision for the people of Mississippi. It is amazing to think that twenty-four hours is enough time for anyone to review a plan that would change the shape of our state government for the next ten years.
A brief analysis of the House proposal has shown that Democrat incumbent legislators negotiated new district lines for themselves that removed prospective challengers from their districts. As a result, the Republican Party has begun a direct voter contact program into districts where this has taken place, encouraging constituents to contact their legislators and encourage them to vote against this self-serving plan or face the risk of severe backlash at the polls this November.”
The GOP has singled out HD 2 where the Democratic plan has indeed moved Harvey Moss’ Republican challenger to neighboring HD1 (currently represented by GOP Rep. Bubba Carpenter). Their release encouraged voters to contact Moss and “demand a representative who WON’T run away from a fight and re-draw his district to exclude his opponents.”