Raleigh, N.C. – Leaders of the North Carolina House Redistricting Committee responded Friday to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) funding another lawsuit in state court, this time challenging Congressional districts that were recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court just two months before candidate filing begins.
North Carolina’s current Congressional maps were already reformed in 2014 after a federal challenge that resulted in new districts being drawn in Cooper v. Harris – reforms that still resulted in a 10-3 Republican advantage for the state’s U.S. House delegation.
Contrary to their transparently fake demands for “fair maps,” the NDRC’s tax filing literally describes the organization’s mission to “favorably position Democrats for the redistricting process.”
State House Redistricting Committee Co-Chairs Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) and Rep. Destin Hall (R-Caldwell) released a joint statement:
“Just as North Carolina Republicans returned a strong delegation to Congress following the previous partisan challenge to these districts – and considering the utter lunacy that has taken hold of Democrats in Washington D.C. – conservatives will have no problem returning a powerful group of representatives to the U.S. House under any election lines that Eric Holder’s phony Sue ‘til Blue ‘fair maps’ group can obtain, whose tax filing literally states its mission is to ‘favorably position Democrats for the redistricting process,’” Reps. Hall and Lewis said.
The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board blasted “Eric Holder’s Redistricting Coup,” noting it had purely partisan intent and the U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected efforts to redraw North Carolina’s Congressional maps in Rucho v. Common Cause.