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Democratic Illinois Trio Voices Ire Over Map
|Last Edited||COSDem Sep 21, 2011 11:44pm|
|News Date||Thursday, September 22, 2011 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Democrats hailed Illinois’ new Congressional map as a work of redistricting art earlier this year, but now the three black Democrats in the delegation are raising serious objections. |
Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr., Bobby Rush and Danny Davis have concerns about whether the new map adheres to the Voting Rights Act. The trio is also hesitant to help Democrats defend the map in court against a GOP lawsuit.
“I have serious concerns that are likely to be aired in the legal process between both sides,” Jackson said Tuesday evening.
Earlier this month, the lawmaker penned a letter to the president venting his frustration with the Justice Department. Last week, he went ballistic in a Democratic delegation meeting, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
“He was, in his own way, boisterous and bombastic and perhaps inappropriate in that meeting,” one of the sources said. “It seemed like a strange time to discuss that. There were several meetings when the map was being discussed in the first place.”