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(PA) Redistricting Watch: Brady Accused of Complicity with GOP
|Last Edited||Scott³ Aug 25, 2011 07:37pm|
|Author||Brittany Foster and Keegan Gibson|
|Media||Website - PoliticsPA|
|News Date||Friday, August 26, 2011 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||"Rumors of questionable redistricting dealings have yet again found Bob Brady. |
The congressman and Democratic chairman of the City of Philadelphia has been accused of working with Republicans to bolster his district and those of his Philadelphia allies.
Brady has flatly rejected the suggestion, and indicative of his clout, not one of the Harrisburg sources PoliticsPA spoke with were willing to comment on the record.
Nonetheless, the rumors abound. The consensus is that Brady is clearly a force to be reckoned with in Philadelphia and throughout the state. He has a history of crossing party lines to achieve his ends and given his reputation.
“If Brady has the chance to draw the map he will strengthen his base in the city. He will take that opportunity if it presents itself” said one Philadelphia Democratic insider familiar with goings-on in Harrisburg. And, “if [Brady’s] team [of legislators] in Harrisburg votes for the Republican map, it gets very difficult for Democrats to challenge it in court.”
“It’s 2001 all over again,” remarked a high-level Democratic staffer in Harrisburg.
After the 2000 census, many believed Brady had something to do with the 132-59 bipartisan vote in favor of the redistricting plan which, at the time, was seen as highly favorable for Republicans."
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