NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
For Immediate Release: January 21, 2011 Contact: Eric Jotkoff, (850) 222-3411
Chairman Smith: House Republicans Go On Record Against Fairness
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith released the following statement reacting to House Speaker Dean Cannon and the House Republicans move to intervene in the lawsuits against the Fair Districts Constitutional amendments:
“Today, Speaker Dean Cannon and House Republicans went on the record opposing fairness as they seek to overturn the will of the people, who enshrined in Florida’s Constitution standards of fairness for the redistricting process.
“With over one million Floridians unable to find jobs during these tough economic times, it is especially disappointing that the Republicans are more interested in protecting their backroom dealings rather than focusing on putting Floridians back to work. Clearly the Republicans are more concerned about saving their jobs rather than creating jobs for Floridians.
“By using taxpayer money to intervene in the lawsuits against the Fair Districts constitutional amendments, Cannon and the House GOP are not only reminding Floridians that they are simply self-interested politicians who will do anything to hold onto power, but their action represent exactly what the people of Florida rejected when nearly 63% of voters supported the Fair District amendments last fall.”
Smith added, “If the Republicans are afraid to run in fair districts, then shame on them.”