September 6, 2017/Press

National GOP Leaders: NC GOP “Rigged the Maps” to “Intentionally and Systematically” Exclude Democrats from NCGA

Raleigh – Yesterday, a group of prominent national Republican leaders urged the Supreme Court to rule that extreme partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution, breaking with the NC GOP and their “inherently political,” racially gerrymandered and deeply partisan legislative maps.

According to the brief, since 2010, Republicans have “rigged the maps” in North Carolina to “intentionally and systematically” exclude Democrats from the state legislature. As noted, much of the funding to rig the North Carolina maps came from “dark money” and was then used to influence North Carolina’s congressional seats.

“Partisan gerrymandering has become a tool for powerful interests to distort the democratic process,” the signers state.

The brief bucks the RNC, NRCC, and the Republican State Legislative Committee, and is signed by many prominent Republican leaders including Senator John McCain (R-AZ); Gov. John R. Kasich (R-OH); Bob Dole, former Senate leader and the 1996 GOP presidential nominee; former senators John C. Danforth (R-MO), Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and Alan K. Simpson (R-WY); and former CA governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Despite a court directive and a unanimous Supreme Court ruling, NC Republicans refused to fix their racial gerrymander with their new legislative maps. They also stated that their new maps are “inherently political,” potentially setting up our state for even more legal showdowns.

“National Republican senators, presidential candidates, and governors all recognize how North Carolina Republicans’ efforts to rig the maps have crippled our state,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “Republican state leaders should heed this advice and put state and country before party by pushing for nonpartisan, independent redistricting.”