Pritzker Silent on Democrats’ Partisan Map

Pritzker Silent on Democrats’ Partisan Map

For a Governor who is so quick to take credit when something positive happens, his silence on this is, once again, deafening.

May 26, 2021

Six days after the Democrats’ infamous Friday night partisan map dump, Governor Pritzker has been silent on where he stands on the proposed maps. He has already said that he will renege on his 2018 pledge to veto a partisan map and is instead saying he will only support a “fair” map. Does the Governor deem this proposed partisan map “fair”?

Having not provided any description other than the word “fair,” Governor Pritzker now has the chance to provide some clarity on exactly where he stands. Does he support a partisan map that was drafted using unknown data behind locked doors? Does he support a partisan map that a Democrat consultant said was “designed to cause absolute chaos within the Republican caucus – it’s designed to force retirements and cause primaries?”

The only public statement coming from the Governor since the Friday night map dump was put forth by his press secretary saying that he was “looking forward to hearing input from community members and advocates during the legislative hearings taking place this week.

Following the first day of hearings, the Democrats’ map making process continues to be a giant question mark. They provided less than 24 hour notice for two public hearings, a poor attempt at garnering public input. Independent organization representatives testifying slammed the lack of data and transparency. Republicans were unable to get a definitive answer on whether or not the Democrats will release the data they used to draw their partisan maps.

Is this the “open process” Governor Pritzker supports?

It’s time for this Governor to emerge from his hiding place to answer questions surrounding this sham remap process. For a Governor who is so quick to take credit when something positive happens, his silence on this is, once again, deafening.

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