August 2, 2017/Press

Republican Silence on Redistricting Decision is Deafening – And Raises Serious Questions

Raleigh – It’s been three days since a federal three judge panel chastised Republican leaders for dragging their feet on redistricting and mandated new maps by September 1, and yet Republican leaders have largely been silent on the decision. Three days in, here’s all that they’ve said:

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger: no comment

House Speaker Tim Moore: no comment

Redistricting Committee Chair Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell): no comment

Redistricting Committee Chair Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett): The decision “compresses the timeline [for public comment] significantly.”

NC GOP Chair Robin Hayes: “This is kind of a desperation move by our opponents.”

The most clarifying statement comes from Hayes, who is reported saying that he “believes” Republicans will comply with the order. Hayes’ comment – and Republican leaders utter lack of comment – raises important questions about whether they’ll follow the rule of law and release new maps by September 1.

“The fact that we haven’t heard a peep from Republican leaders is all you need to know about how they view the constituents they’ve shut out of the voting process since taking power,” NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “GOP leaders must come clean and answer whether they’ll comply with this directive and finally give people across North Carolina the equal representation they deserve.”