Adding to a growing number of dissenting voices among Maryland Democrats, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot said Tuesday that he opposes the congressional district map drawn by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s redistricting commission.
“Our leaders were driven by partisan motives when coming up with the proposed map and not by the public interest,” said Franchot (D) of Takoma Park in a statement.
Franchot criticized the pterodactyl-like shape of the re-drawn District 3, represented by Rep. John Sarbanes (D) of Towson, and called for reform of the redistricting process on WBAL radio’s The C4 Show.
“I am a Democrat, and I like to win elections as much as the next guy -- but not by fixing the outcome and not by compromising our state’s reputation by making a mockery of the electoral process,” Franchot said.
Along with other Democratic officials from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Franchot called for the redistricting process to be replaced by a bipartisan commission, rather than by a governor’s commission made up of party leaders.
The map was successfully petitioned to the ballot, where voters across the state will have a chance to approve or reject the map as Question 5.
Among other changes, the map altered District 6 to include a portion of largely-Democratic Montgomery County, throwing Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R) of Buckeystown into a battle to keep his seat.