What they're saying about Florida's redistricting ruling

Michael Austen | Tampa Bay Times | 07/10/2015

Reaction to Thursday's Florida Supreme Court ruling from some of the members of Congress who will be affected by new maps and the state lawmakers responsible for drawing them.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville (District 5): "The decision by the Florida Supreme Court is seriously flawed and entirely fails to take into consideration the rights of minority voters. … Overturning the current District 5 map ignores the essential redistricting principle of maintaining communities of interest or minority access districts. Certainly, minority communities do not live in compact, cookie-cutterlike neighborhoods, and excessive adherence to district 'compactness,' while ignoring the maintenance of minority access districts, fragments minority communities across the state."

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores (District 13): via a statement from campaign spokesperson Sarah Bascom: "Congressman Jolly has always considered District 13 to be a Pinellas County seat and has never concerned himself with where the district lines are drawn throughout the county. The courts and the Legislature will determine next steps and Congressman Jolly will remain focused solely on doing his job and serving all of Pinellas County. As the congressman has said many times, if he continues to do the job he was elected to do, the politics will take care of itself."

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa (District 14): "Florida voters adopted Fair Districts amendments to our Florida Constitution and, today, the Florida Supreme Court reaffirmed that districts need to be drawn to ensure that all Floridians have fair representation. I agree with their decision."

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami (District 27): "I look forward to representing the constituents of whatever district the court decides should be drawn up. It has been an incredible experience to have represented every part of Miami-Dade County during my years of public service so in whatever form the district ends up, it will be like coming home again. No worries."

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach (District 22): via a statement by communications director Erin Hale: "Florida's congressional maps and redistricting are in the hands of the state Legislature. The congresswoman is working hard to serve the residents of Palm Beach and Broward County."Former Florida Senate

President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville:"Most observers would have been very surprised if the Supreme Court had not sided with the Democratic Party and Democratic activists on this issue. … I believe that the maps, the congressional maps, as drawn were compliant with the Constitution, and therefore, I voted for them as a member of the Senate."

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merrit Island: via an email from spokesperson Michael Williams: "At this time, the speaker will reserve comment until he has had time to fully review the Supreme Court's ruling."

Florida House Minority Leader Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach: "I hope the third time is the charm. I trust all members of the Legislature to act not only in good faith, but to act in full compliance with the constitution and the voters' will."

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami (District 26): "The potential of new district lines is not a distraction for me nor will it diminish my desire to represent and serve the community in which my wife and I are raising our family."

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami (District 25): "At this stage, I am still reviewing the Florida Supreme Court's opinion, and will be interested to see what the state Legislature will do."


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