A Question About Bill Hembree

I hear a lot of positive things about Hembree and he seems like he would be a fresh face outside the status quo.

But everyone keeps telling me his district is trending Democrat. If so, do we want a vulnerable Speaker who might be tempted to use caucus resources to keep himself elected?

Or, is this argument negated by the fact that redistricting will take place in 2011 and if he can hold on through next year, which is extremely likely, he can be drawn into a safer district?

UPDATE: I’m told the demographics are shifting, but should be stable enough through 2011 that it will not be a problem at all. The line stops at Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville. To the east, the population is growing more African-American and Democrat. To the west, it is growing more suburban white and Republican.

In other words, this is not a valid argument for opposing Hembree for Speaker.


    • macho says:

      Unfortunately the Federal Government, through § 5 of the VRA, discriminates against the southern states and requires us to gerrymander.

    • Ken in Eastman says:

      I’d like it if there were set rules for how district lines are drawn. Little things like keeping cities and counties intact, if possible.

      macho is correct, by law we must Gerrymander to meet specific criteria. Look what Elbridge Gerry hath wrought.

      Gerrymandering was the ugliest thing to come out of Massachussetts until Charles Sumner and then the Kennedys.

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