Just last night I wrote that I did not envy Martin O’Malley and the choice he needs to make in the state redistricting battle.
Well that was so yesterday. O’Malley has just been presented with golden opportunity to win and win big. Just as minority groups increased the pressure on presidential aspirant O’Malley to create a third majority-minority district in Maryland and on gubernatorial aspirant Doug Gansler (the state attorney general) to not support the legality of the map (under a voting rights challenge) word comes that Marylanders for Marriage Equality will make a push for marriage equality legislation during next week’s special session of the General Assembly.
Whether they realize it or not, Marylanders for Marriage Equality may have solved O’Malley’s redistricting problem and delivered a big boost to his presidential aspirations. The real test will be whether O’Malley is ready to deal.
Marriage equality legislation died in the House of Delegates largely due to opposition from African-American delegates in the Prince George’s and Montgomery County area — the same folks angry about the proposed redistricting map.
O’Malley needs to make the following deal:
He needs to propose a new map that creates a third majority-minority district in the Montgomery/Prince George’s region. In exchange for the new map, African-American leaders agree not to oppose marriage equality legislation and area senators and delegates agree to support the bill during the special session. This is a good deal for O’Malley and for the African-American community.
[Continue reading Todd Eberly’s post at The FreeStater Blog.]
Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.