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WA state Democrats respond to proposed Congressional lines

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2011 at 11:50 am with No Comments »
December 28, 2011 11:50 am

Here’s their district-by-district analysis….

Washington State Democrats Respond to Redistricting Proposal

Seattle – In response to the redistricting proposal that the Commissioners Tim Ceis and Slade Gordon revealed on Wednesday morning, Dwight Pelz, Chair of the Washington State Democrats, issued the following statement:

“We are inspired that this new proposal presents opportunities for Democrats to expand the number of dedicated representatives who will fight for the interests of Washington’s middle class in Congress. The Washington State Democratic Party will work harder than ever before to capitalize on these opportunities, and build a grassroots network of activists and volunteers who will propel our candidates to victory in 2012.

“We thank the commissioners for their hard work and dedication in ensuring that Washingtonians receive fair and equitable representation in Congress.”

Please see below for commentary on specific districts:

1st Congressional District

“Washington’s newly drawn 1st District is ugly but lovable. Stretching from King County to Canada, the First will be a Democratic leaning district.

“We are fortunate that the 1st District has already drawn a slate of exciting, high profile Democratic candidates who will sharpen their skills, message and campaign organizations in advance of the general election. There is talk that the Republicans will trot out John Koster once again, but voters in the new 1st District are sure to reject his extreme, Tea Party policies in 2012.

10th Congressional District

“The newly drawn 10th District provides Democrats our best opportunity to send a true middle class champion to Congress. We are already on our way with Denny Heck, who will stand up and fight for families, fairness and economic opportunity.”

3rd Congressional District

“A redrawn district will not help Congresswoman Herrera Beutler hide from her record of serving as a rubber stamp for Speaker John Boehner’s partisan gamesmanship and Tea Party politics. Democrats will fight to ensure that Washington’s 3rd District is represented by a true champion of Washington’s middle class, not a politician who has abandoned her promise of creating jobs in favor of advancing an extreme, out-of-touch agenda.”

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