Redistricting Mess a Clean Win for Cicilline
Question: does the money spent on redistricting get counted as campaign contributions for Rep. David Cicilline? The ProJo reports that Rep. Jim Langevin (among others) isn’t happy about this:
Rep. Jim Langevin is accusing fellow Democrat David Cicilline of trying to use congressional redistricting to aid his re-election.
A redistricting plan unveiled Monday night would transfer Republican-heavy districts in Burrillville, Smithfield and North Smithfield from Cicilline’s district into Langevin’s. Cicilline would pick up Democratic-leaning districts in Providence now represented by Langevin.
Campaign spokesmen for Republican candidates John Loughlin and Brendan Doherty say officials crafting changes to the districts appear to be favoring Cicilline.
The freshmen Democrat says he has not tried to influence the state’s redistricting efforts to his advantage. Langevin’s district director, Kenneth Wild, says Cicilline’s claim is “blatantly disingenuous.”
There can be little doubt of that. From Ted Nesi:
A whopping 125,000 Rhode Islanders will switch congressional districts next year despite a population shift of just 7,200 if the state’s redistricting commission approves a new map unveiled Monday to the dismay of Congressman Jim Langevin and local Republicans.
That’s a lot of movement for a little change. As with the other models, this one benefits Rep. Cicilline. The fix was, is and will be in.