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STATEMENT FROM FDP CHAIR ON LEGAL CHALLENGE OF CONGRESSIONAL MAP

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Tallahassee, FL — Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith today issued the following statement on the party's filing, on behalf of concerned citizens, of a constitutionally valid map and legal challenge to the congressional map passed by the GOP controlled legislature. Please contact the Florida Democratic Party at 850-222-3411 with further questions regarding the legal filing.

STATEMENT FROM FDP CHAIR ROD SMITH:

"This is what a constitutionally valid map looks like. The GOP, despite months of useless debate at an enormous cost to Florida taxpayers, has been unable to produce maps free of incumbent protection and partisan gerrymandering. Our map complies with the law and the will of the people. After watching this session it was clear the Republican-led Legislature would never produce a map that complied with Fair Districts -- so we did it ourselves.”

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