Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rokita: Republicans Put My House Outside My District as "Comeuppance"

Todd Rokita's house is about 500 yards outside the newly redesigned District 4 that he would like to continue representing. The US Constitution does not require that individuals reside in the Congressional district that they represent, but it's certainly desirable. So who put Rep. Rokita's house outside his district? Answer: Republicans, who, says Rokita, don't like him so much. The Columbus Republic published an AP report saying Rokita "believes the redistricting proposals he pursued as Indiana's Secretary of State may have annoyed some state lawmakers, who then drew him out of his district. As secretary of state from 2003 to 2010, Rokita championed a nonpartisan redistricting process that the Republican-controlled General Assembly declined to follow in this year's redrawing of legislative districts."

This was, says Rokita, "kind of a comeuppance thing." You've got to love it when Republicans exercise "comeuppance" on each other. Here's the Columbus Republic story.