No matter how much the White House spins the benefits of runaway inflation, a supply-chain debacle, a weakened military, intensive racialism of every issue, and mandatory COVID jabs, Democrats in the U.S. House sense something is amiss.
On Monday, Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York announced that he was dropping a re-election bid to run for governor. With that, 18 House Democrats under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have declared they won’t seek re-election in 2022.
But where Democrats won’t go voluntarily, Republicans are willing to help them to the exit.
In Florida on Monday, the Republican-dominated Legislature released a new redistricting map that erased the congressional district now held by Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a relative moderate, at least by her party’s standards.
Breitbart News reported that the map left Murphy’s Orlando-area district “torn in two.”
“The seat will be divvied between a northern red district and a western blue district with a high percentage of black voters. Murphy, who is from the northern side of Orlando, would be left campaigning for the northern red seat, a district she is likely to lose,” Breitbart noted.
In that scenario, Murphy would be forced to challenge incumbent GOP Rep. Michael Waltz, the first Green Beret elected to Congress.
“The deletion of Murphy’s seat benefits Republicans’ hopes of picking up two seats in the House by redistricting alone. In total, 18 seats would favor Republicans, and ten would benefit Democrats,” Breitbart added.
A month ago, the liberal news website Politico was singing Murphy’s praises. “Murphy has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of President Joe Biden’s chaotic attempts to clear both his infrastructure and social spending plans through Congress, embracing a blunt manner that’s made her a spokesperson of sorts for her party’s small but feisty moderate wing,” the outlet reported.
Ultimately, though, the allegedly plucky Murphy fell in line with Pelosi and voted for both pieces of Biden’s combined $3 trillion spending spree.
The map that “nukes” Murphy’s district, as one Democratic consultant put it, is one of a few proposals that lawmakers will consider in finalizing the districts next spring.
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