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Deeds redistricting bill fails to gain McDonnell support, dies in House

Anita Kumar

For at least the eighth year in a row, a GOP-controlled House of Delegates subcommittee killed a bill that would have changed the way the state establishes legislative and congressional boundaries.

You may recall that Gov. Bob McDonnell publicly endorsed bipartisan redistricting during the gubernatorial campaign, breaking with Republicans in the House. But that doesn't mean he sent anyone from his office to support any of the redistricting bills making their way through the General Assembly, including the one heard today that was sponsored by his former rival.

Stacey Johnson, a McDonnell spokeswoman, said the governor did not put his support behind any of the redistricting bills moving through the General Assembly, including that of Sen. Creigh Deeds, who ran against McDonnell in November.

"At this point, if a committee is not created by the General Assembly, the governor intends to honor his commitment made during the campaign to form a commission of people (political and non-political) that that can advise him in his role in this process,'' Johnson said.

Deeds's bill would have created a seven-member bipartisan commission to redraw districts for the House, Senate and U.S. House of Representatives following the 2010 census.

Deeds declined to criticize the governor's office today for not sending anyone to support his bill. "People say all kinds of things when they're running for office," he said with a shrug.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 2, 2010; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  
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It's simply amazing that the Governor values the restoration of rest areas (a move that will hurt small businesses) more than living up his campaign promise to bipartisan redistricting.

Apparently toilets matter more to McDonnell than either doing what he promised or upholding democracy.

Posted by: ViennaBelle | March 3, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

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