Maryland Democrats should be embarrassed and ashamed of the flagrant gerrymandering that has occurred under our watch. The Democratic Party should hold the First and Fourteenth Amendments sacrosanct as they provide the foundation of the progressive changes we have struggled to make in this country. To abuse the power of our majority to draw flagrantly partisan Congressional Districts is an abuse of power and a betrayal of our obligations to ALL Marylanders and the values of or Party.
Joe Hennessey would introduce legislation to put Maryland on the path chosen by California in establishing a Citizens Redistricting Commission. Only by making the drawing of electoral maps a non-partisan, civic exercise will we ensure that voters choose their elected leaders rather than maintaining the power of elected leaders to choose their voters.