It’s time to throw out the Status Quo
SOUTHINGTON – Connecticut Republicans, led by Party Chairman Ben Proto, are showing how their actions speak just as loud as their words. Yesterday, the Connecticut Republicans were the only non-legislative entity to offer any alternative Congressional Redistricting plan to the State Supreme Court.
Connecticut Republicans submitted two separate maps to the Special Master for consideration: one created a plan that is proportional by population, with population variance of less than .01% and reduces the number of split towns from 6 to 4, the other minimizing the split municipalities from 6 to 3 and has a population variance of -.04% – .01%. Both plans fully comply with both federal and state law, and, more importantly, the Connecticut Constitution of limiting the number of split towns.
“The Connecticut Republicans’ plans create districts that are more compact, more concise, ensure that each district is comprised of towns with community of interests, remove political gerrymandering, which all five Democrat members of Congress have said they support,” said Proto.
“When crafting these maps, our main focus was to return the priority to the constituents, not the politicians. Specifically in the first congressional district, the justification of a ‘J’ shaped
congressional district is tired and flawed. Moving the City of New Britain into CT-01 will enable it to benefit from efforts brought home to its neighboring suburbs and empower Connecticut’s Hispanic vote,” said Proto.
The most recent U.S. Census found that 19% of Connecticut residents identify as Hispanic – a significant portion of the population.
“Connecticut Republicans are the real party of the people – protecting individual rights, including the importance of each individual’s vote. These proposed maps signify that we will not blindly allow the political ‘elite’ class to sit in a dark room and determine their own fates, unchallenged. Public officials work for us, and we deserve a political landscape that recognizes that important, and too often forgotten, fact,” concluded Proto.