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Corrine Brown And Mario Diaz-Balart Sue To Halt Amendment 6

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Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press

In a pro-conservative wave of voter sentiment, against a solid, hard working competitor, Democrat Rep. Corrine Brown won another term in Congress on Tuesday in an overwhelming manner. 

After voting in favor of ObamaCare, which is slowly dismantling the greatest healthcare system in the world, voting to support Cap and Trade, the largest energy tax in the history of this country and touting her ability to ‘deliver’ the pork, which only adds to an out of control national debt, Brown still prevails?

How is this possible?  I mean, besides bribing the voters with a free sandwich.

Granted, after 18 years, Ms Brown has an effective ground game that comes to life when it’s time to vote.  Several poll workers marveled at the audacity and outright boldness displayed by those charged with getting out the vote on her behalf.  As one said, “there’s no shame in their game”.  Of course, the coupons for a free lunch that were being handed out had to make the job a little easier.

The actual reason for her success in the face of all odds is the layout of her district.  FL-CD3 is one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country and it practically ensures her success.  In fact, it was designed to do just that, give minorities a clear advantage to vote in a minority representative.

Just to clarify, the term ‘gerrymander’ did not originate with an 18th century white politician named Gerry Mander, as Ms. Brown has mistakenly suggested.  The word was created in 1812 in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under the then governor Elbridge Gerry. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander.

After enjoying the success of this initiative for 18 years, Corrine Brown knows a golden goose when she sees one.  Which explains why she spent very little time celebrating her re-election.  On Wednesday, she sued in federal court in Miami to block a constitutional amendment approved by voters Tuesday to change the way congressional districts are drawn.

Less than a day after Florida voters approved Amendment 6, Brown and Rep Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, filed suit to prevent the newly approved proposal from taking effect. Named in the lawsuit are the Florida House and Senate.  Ironically, the Republican-led Senate spearheaded efforts to derail the amendment, with its leadership saying it was unworkable.

Even more ironic, hardcore Democrat staples such as the NAACP, SEIU and the ACLU supported the passage of Amendment 6.

So, time for those involved to lawyer up and determine what is yours and what is mine…meanwhile, there will be no reflection on how these chopped up districts have impacted the residents who live there. 

With crime and unemployment a rampant problem in CD3, you’d think this would be a concern, but there we go again being practical in an impractical world!

What will be interesting is the list of potential witnesses called by the Republican Party, considering that the Florida NAACP and most black Democratic lawmakers have rejected claims that the changes from this amendment would hurt minorities, saying federal protections are unaffected.

Tom Tillison


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