Terri Proud has joined the anti-Independent Redistricting chorus on the right. Like Frank Antenori and Jack Harper, she seems to think that griping, stomping and whining about the process, established by a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1998, will make it go away and they will somehow be in charge the way God and the Founders intended.
- The governor will call a special session of the legislature so they can put a referendum on the ballot. This assumes that Jan Brewer is overly enamored with Proud’s legislative colleagues and will kowtow to them just because they are having an infantile snit.
- This will pass the legislature. She’s assuming here that a majority of her colleagues will disregard the will of the voters and pass a referendum resolution for the most partisan and petty reasons. Oh wait, that is a good assumption.
- Once this resolution makes the ballot, it will get a majority of voters to go along and vote yes. Yep, there is clearly a majority of voters that thinks that politicians should be allowed to draw their own safe districts so they can be elected in perpetuity. Wake me when you can find a message that doesn’t sound like “We don’t want to have to talk to people that disagree with us to get re-elected, it’s just not right.”
- This all can happen with enough time for the legislature to draw districts so candidates can be filed by next June. Unless this process includes a resolution adding two months to the calendar, I don’t see how this can happen.
Thinking that the governor and voters would go along with such a proposal is frankly delusional. It’s the sort of delusion politicians get when they are in a bubble surrounded only by people they agree with and they have become unaccountable to the electorate. Yep: it’s the arrogance of power you get when your system lacks the accountablility produced by, you see this coming, competitive districts.
In all the complaining from Republican legislators and activists about the process, I haven’t heard anything about what they’d like to see in terms of a fair map. Do they want competitive districts (the reason why the IRC was created in the first place) or not?
NB – Among Proud’s complaints is that Chairman Colleen Mathis’s husband worked on the campaign of a Democratic legislator. Of course, he’s worked for Republicans too. Why does this particular campaign stick in her craw? It was Proud’s opponent in the last election, Nancy Young-Wright.