Update: There is more on this story at the Maryland Reporter, here, yesterday. (Hat tip: Cathy)
We reported here earlier that the Democrats who control the state legislature and the state house are gunning for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District which has been in Republican hands for two decades. Now here comes news from the “Peoples Republic” of Montgomery County, that minorities are not happy with what is happening.
From the Washington Examiner a few days ago:
Montgomery County lawmakers are dismissing Maryland’s proposed congressional map, saying that new boundaries bolstering the Democratic Party’s stranglehold of the state would come at the expense of minority voters in the suburb.
Under a proposal released this week from the state’s heavily Democratic redistricting panel, Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards’ 4th District would remain concentrated in Prince George’s County but would shed minority pockets of Montgomery County. In the process, Rep. John Sarbanes’ District 3 would shift to include both portions of Baltimore and suburban Washington.
Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin, D-Silver Spring, said the blueprint “looked like gerrymandering” and that “African American voters were taken for granted once again.”
They think that by giving more of Montgomery County away to other districts that that will break up minority power bases.
Councilman Craig Rice, D-Germantown, also blasted the proposal.
“There is a real concern about a weakening of power in the minority community,” he said. “They try to make it better for their candidates — I understand that. But they have a responsibility to make sure voters have proper representation. This is not the case [with the plan].”
And, then this was interesting. I guess melting into America is not in the plan for power hungry Hispanics. They want to live and work, what?, in little countries within a country. Is that what she is saying? Does she want a little El Salvador in the heart of Maryland?
State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez, noting that Montgomery is now primarily made up of Hispanic residents, pushed state officials to “no longer fragment and split up Hispanic communities.”