Letter to the Editor

Tearing up the electoral map

Dana Milbank’s Jan. 6 Sunday Opinion column on gerrymandering [“Republicans’ stacked deck in the House”] was as witty as usual; it’s a pity that he made the same mistake that Post editorial writers always seem to make on the subject.

Objectively, the Republicans have been worse on gerrymandering since Texas’s GOP-controlled legislature, goaded by then-House majority leader Tom DeLay, pushed through a redistricting plan in 2003, thus tossing out the precedent of drawing districts only after a decennial Census or court decisions.

Until someone shows me that Democrats have done that specific thing, I refuse to believe that they are, as Mr. Milbank put it, “just as flagrant as Republicans” on this issue.

Tony Porco, Laurel

 
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