Gov. Deal’s spokesman not shy about gerrymandering


Everybody knows political parties draw state and Congressional voting districts to favor their side, but seldom do politicians flat-out admit it.

In an AJC story on Athens Republican Rep. Paul Broun’s newly redrawn district, Gov. Nathan Deal’s spokesperson Brian Robinson was polite enough to state the obvious:

“Paul Broun is an ally of the governor, someone whose interest we would like to look after,” Robinson said. “We wanted him to have a good district to run in.”

In other words, dear voters of Georgia’s 10th Congressional district, the lines were redrawn to meet the GOP’s needs, not yours.

David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report estimates that clever redistricting has shifted 20-25 vulnerable GOP House incumbents into the “safe seat” column for November.