A lack of self-awareness appears to be a universal trait among Republican officials. The twice-impeached ex-president who never won a popular vote, Donald Trump, as irony died, accused his political opponents of being liars. When Republicans complain that a particular congressional map is gerrymandered, one has to wonder what party they think they belong to.
🚨BREAKING: Democratic voters file to intervene to defend Oregon’s newly-passed congressional map again Republican effort to throw out state's new congressional map. Proud that my team @EliasLawGroup is fighting alongside @DemRedistrict to protect voters.https://t.co/G8yM4ZzU8A
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) October 18, 2021
The newly-approved congressional map in Oregon, passed by two Democrat and one Republican officials, is suddenly being challenged in Marion Country in Oregon. Although the panel was representative of the voters in Oregon, where nearly 60 percent of voters are Democrats and 40 percent of voters are Republican, Republicans argued that the new congressional map wasn’t drawn or agreed upon in a way that fairly represents their views.
In the petition to the Court filed by Oregon Republicans, they argue that:
‘Under heavy pressure from national Democrats and Democrat Party aligned special- interest groups, Oregon’s Democrat leadership broke their bipartisanship promise…the Democrat members of the House and Senate Redistricting Committees never negotiated proposed congressional maps with their Republican committee-member counterparts.’
On Monday, Democratic voters filed their own arguments in Court, saying that they met all constitutional requirements and refusing to allow the GOP to use gerrymandering to win yet another election.
Oregon Democrats filed a response with the Court, saying that:
‘Following a deliberative process that invited and incorporated comments and contributions from elected officials, community leaders, members of the public, and Republican legislators, the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted a new congressional map that readily satisfies the requirements of the United States Constitution, the Oregon Constitution, and applicable state and federal statutes. The map is the product of legislative compromise, and it both honors the neutral criteria prescribed by state law and ensures that the voices of all Oregonians will be fairly and freely heard.’
Twitter users were quick to praise the attorney who fights for fair election laws, Marc Elias, who announced the filing. Read some of their comments below: