The WaPo just posted a story about an hour ago about the redistricting map likely to be sent to MD Governor O’Malley when the special session of the legislature convenes on October 17th.
Those of us in the 6th District who have been comforted by the fact that we have been represented by a Republican in blue Maryland for about two decades need to be ready for a major political battle in 2012 to hold that seat for whichever Republican wins the primary.
Imagine how horrible it would be to be represented by some far Leftie from Montgomery County!
From the Washington Post:
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s redistricting panel is set to release its recommendations for Maryland’s new congressional map, offering a plan that sources said could help Democrats add to their advantage in the state by imperiling the reelection hopes of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R).
The advisory committee has been tasked with drawing a map that reflects the results of the 2010 Census, moving Marylanders across lines to ensure the state’s eight districts have roughly equal populations. The map will be posted online Tuesday and open for a seven-day comment period. O’Malley (D) is able to make whatever adjustments he chooses to before presenting it to the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, which must approve it.
Democrats currently hold a 6-2 advantage in the congressional delegation, and they hope the new lines could change that to 7-1. According to sources who have been briefed on the plan and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan had not been made public, Bartlett, whose 6th District currently runs across the top of the state from the West Virginia border to the Susquehanna River, would lose the eastern part of his district and a portion of Frederick County, adding pieces of Montgomery County.
In the process, the district would go from one that strongly favors Republicans to one where Democrats have a narrow edge…
Read the whole article.