Election 2012

California Republicans say McCarthy endorsed gerrymandering that lost them 4 seats

California Republicans say McCarthy endorsed gerrymandering that lost them 4 seats

Just over a year ago on Nov. 8, 2011, Human Events reported on a plan for the redistricting of California’s 53 U.S. House Districts that was completed by an ostensibly nonpartisan citizens commission. Based on the conclusions of numerous GOP leaders throughout the Golden State, we warned that, with the failure to get a counter-offensive proposal on the statewide ballot that would undo the new district lines, Republicans in California would be “faced with the possible loss of six of their present 19 U.S. Representatives.”

We were almost right on the money. On Nov. 6, California Republicans lost four seats, bringing their representation in the state’s 53-Member U.S. House delegation down from 19 seats in the last Congress to a low of 15 in the next Congress. Running in districts that were redrawn unfavorably to them, Republican Reps. Dan Lungren, Brian Bilbray, and Mary Bono Mack all went down in defeat. In addition, the Ventura County district, held by retiring GOP Rep. Elton Gallegly for 26 years, elected as its new U.S. Representative left-wing Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley over conservative GOP State Sen. Tony Strickland.

For the failure to mount a counter-offensive to the plan that cost them dearly at the polls, many party leaders in the state—before and after the election—blame one of the most prominent of all California Republicans in Congress: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who has just been re-elected by his colleagues as majority whip in the House, the No. 3 position in the House GOP hierarchy.

“As you are aware, Kevin and I had an elevated conversation on the redistricting plan,” Rep. Gallegly told Human Events Friday. “He felt the plan that came out of the citizen’s commission was fine. I disagreed, and, in fact, so did a majority of our [California] Republican congressmen. We wanted to have the lines [for congressional districts] drawn by a panel of retired judges, as they were in 1991 after [then-Republican Gov.] Pete Wilson kept vetoing unfavorable plans passed by the [Democratic-controlled] state legislature. The plan drawn by the judges gave Republicans the most fair playing field in races for Congress from California in decades. Well, Kevin got the plan he liked. The results speak for themselves. It is what it is.”

Gallegly’s view that the redistricting plan was inadequate–to say the least–was strongly seconded by California State GOP Chairman Tom DelBeccaro, who told us: “Any thoughtful observer knew Democrats were gaming the ‘non-partisan’ process. Many of us expressed concerns during the process and after they drew the lines. The election outcome certainly justifies the concerns I raised and it also makes it clear beyond doubt that there should have been a greater effort to overturn the congressional lines.”

How it happened

The clash among Republicans over congressional redistricting took place last summer. Under state law, the Republicans needed to collect and have certified at least 504,000 signatures from voters statewide in 90 days in order to have the state Supreme Court put a hold on the congressional redistricting plan and then appoint a special master to draw an alternative plan. Voters would then have chosen between the master’s plan and the commission plan in a statewide referendum.

On Aug. 18, 2011, sources told us, a letter signed by a majority of the Republican House members from California agreeing to fight the plan was finalized and a copy e-mailed to Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. The next day, at McCarthy’s request, a conference call was held that included only some of the Republican lawmakers from California since it was held during a district work period and many were unable to join the call. The same sources say that McCarthy — who was participating in the call while in Israel — was adamant in his opposition to an attempt to overturn the commission plan, reportedly insisting it would be wasted money and would fail in the end.

Under NRCC rules, it was impossible for Chairman Sessions to join in the battle for funds without the backing of a majority of the California delegation. In addition, it was out of the question for lawmakers to raise outside funds for a petition drive without the full backing of the GOP lawmakers. So the drive to fight the pro-Democrat congressional lines fizzled.

Opponents of the plan subsequently filed a lawsuit on the grounds that the congressional lines were in violation of the Voting Rights Act, but they subsequently withdrew the suit.

“We certainly could have done better with another map—any other map,” former Rep. George Radanovich (R-Calif.), a leader behind the failed petition drive, told Human Events last week.

On April 25 of this year, when McCarthy was asked how he felt Republicans would fare in House races under the redistricting plan he so wanted, the GOP whip replied that “we’ll break even. We’ll probably lose a seat but (former Lieutenant Gov. and liberal Republican) Abel Maldonado will probably win the Santa Barbara district (of Democratic Rep. Lois Capps).”

Maldonado lost and Republicans lost a lot more of what they previously had in California’s House delegation. McCarthy won re-election by a landslide in a district made significantly more Republican under the new map.

“Kevin McCarthy was a staunch defender of these new lines, reassuring everyone that Republicans would fare just fine under them,” said Jon Fleischman of the Flash Report, the much-read online newsletter on California politics. “Clearly, this turned out not to be the case– although he was easily re-elected to the safe seat drawn for him. Had he drawn a competitive district, I wonder if he would have been so enthusiastic about the lines he helped stopped others from trying to stop.”

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  • Alan

    it’s far and away the best place to live!

  • Alan

    The Republican base doesn’t like these groups [any race other than white] and doesn’t consider them “real Americans.” Bill O’Reilly, anticipating the election results, said the demography is changing and that “traditional America” lost because Blacks, Latinos, and women want free stuff. He was wrong. “Traditional America” lost because it alienated everyone who isn’t straight, male, and conservatively Christian. The main problem isn’t that Republican policies are unfriendly to the poor, although that is part of it. It isn’t that people are more liberal on social issues, although that is part of it, too. The main problem is that the Republican base despises people who aren’t just like them. It’s not just the 47% who supposedly can’t be convinced to take personal responsibility for their lives. No one goes around saying that Asian-Americans are lazy moochers looking for a handout. Keep up your delusional thinking–it will cost you tea baggers every election going forward–outside the confederacy. there aren’t enough of you racists to make a difference

  • Alan

    you are a complete moron; California is the best place in the country to live; but you need to stay away!!! lol

  • Alan

    CA is the best! stay away

  • Alan

    it’s the red states that are the takers, moron…by far

  • Alan

    The Republican base doesn’t like these groups [any race other than white] and doesn’t consider them “real Americans.” Bill O’Reilly, anticipating the election results, said the demography is changing and that “traditional America” lost because Blacks, Latinos, and women want free stuff. He was wrong. “Traditional America” lost because it alienated everyone who isn’t straight, male, and conservatively Christian. The main problem isn’t that Republican policies are unfriendly to the poor, although that is part of it. It isn’t that people are more liberal on social issues, although that is part of it, too. The main problem is that the Republican base despises people who aren’t just like them. It’s not just the 47% who supposedly can’t be convinced to take personal responsibility for their lives. No one goes around saying that Asian-Americans are lazy moochers looking for a handout.

  • Alan

    blah, blah, blah…The Republican base doesn’t like these groups [any race other than white] and doesn’t consider them “real Americans.” Bill O’Reilly, anticipating the election results, said the demography is changing and that “traditional America” lost because Blacks, Latinos, and women want free stuff. He was wrong. “Traditional America” lost because it alienated everyone who isn’t straight, male, and conservatively Christian. The main problem isn’t that Republican policies are unfriendly to the poor, although that is part of it. It isn’t that people are more liberal on social issues, although that is part of it, too. The main problem is that the Republican base despises people who aren’t just like them. It’s not just the 47% who supposedly can’t be convinced to take personal responsibility for their lives. No one goes around saying that Asian-Americans are lazy moochers looking for a handout. Keep up your delusional thinking–it will cost you tea baggers every election going forward–outside the confederacy. there aren’t enough of you racists to make a difference

  • Alan

    Bill O’Reilly, anticipating the election results, said the demography is changing and that “traditional America” lost because Blacks, Latinos, and women want free stuff. He was wrong. “Traditional America” lost because it alienated everyone who isn’t straight, male, and conservatively Christian. The main problem isn’t that Republican policies are unfriendly to the poor, although that is part of it. It isn’t that people are more liberal on social issues, although that is part of it, too. The main problem is that the Republican base despises people who aren’t just like them. It’s not just the 47% who supposedly can’t be convinced to take personal responsibility for their lives. No one goes around saying that Asian-Americans are lazy moochers looking for a handout. Keep up your delusional thinking–it will cost you tea baggers every election going forward–outside the confederacy. there aren’t enough of you racists to make a difference

  • Dustoff

    BEST AT GOING BROKE

  • Dustoff

    Really, you brought no facts

  • Dustoff

    Based on what? Your opinion?

    That’s not say much. You are nearly 16 billion in the hole. Over 50% of your states retirement for public employes is underfunded.

    1 billion per year goes to jailing violent illegals. Most your cities are either close to broke or bankrupt. I could go on and on.
    But why, you have no real answers. Except it’s the best place to live?
    Quite an endoremment.

  • Alan

    best for music, movies and especially food! right down the street I can get French, Italian, Thai, Burmese, Mexican, Iranian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, cuisine etc within a 10 minute walk…wonderful people–but sorry, one needs a brain to get a good job out here–so tea baggers by definition are too stupid… that you actually *believe* we are going broke proves you listen to too much Fox…lol

  • Alan

    google it; do you know how?

  • Big Goober

    Alan, Thanks for repeatedly quoting “Booman Tribune” and “Daily Kos” and not having any facts or figures of your own. It’s comforting to know you don’t have the wherewithal to stand on your own two feet and argue a cogent point and must revert to the race card to try to silence your opponents. You see in nature there’s a phenomenon known as desensitization and the left has used the race card so much that the public is becoming desensitized to that term. You don’t fear conservatives because they’re racist. You fear them because you are afraid that minorities might learn about conservative values and true freedom and leave the government controlled, small stipend, dream crushing, life controlling government plantation you are trying to keep them on.

  • Nick099

    The whole dang problem with the Republican Party…lack of strategic vision and planning. None of these so-called leaders seem to have a grasp on these concepts beyond the journeyman skill level. Freakin moron should have seen it coming years away.
    The Republican Party elite like Rove, etc should have seen their failure to offer a counter-narrative back in the early Bush days as seeds planted that would bear poisonous fruit for their Party….and America…yet they declined a response. As a result we have Oblozo, Reid, and Pelosi with a couple of water-carriers as opposition. These Republican experts are just middle-management. Time for real leaders, real vision, and real freakin strategy.

  • Alan

    When someone says something perfectly accurate, of course it is appropriate to use it. He nailed it and I couldn’t have expressed it better.. If you ever read the newspapers other than Fox you will find many examples of racism in the tea bagger and GOP world so easily it is ridiculous–from the GOP leader in Penn to those in Florida admitting voter suppression was used to keep minorities from voting..you have to be deliberately obtuse to ignore all the racist emails with Obama with a bone in the nose..you clowns forget one thing…people remember. And you will get your racist assess kicked again and again. Booman has a more elegant of putting it.. Got it? Is that clear? How did you all get to be such racist punks anyway? Never got laid? Parents who with held love? Beaten by bullies? You tell me..the article beautifully explains why your conservative values were soundly and thoroughly rejected. That you actually believe anyone would embrace such idiocy might work with the ayn rands of the world but no more.. You punks are finished except in the confederacy…one doesn’t need facts and figures for that, just common sense..
    Lol lol
    Sent from my iPad

  • redwolf6911

    The Democrats and their lemmings sued here in Florida. The three liberals on the Florida Supreme Court ordered that the Florida House redo the districts. They did and it cost 3 or 4 Republicans from the US House and some from the Florida Legislature and of course increased the Democrats. So I would say that Florida was worse off than Cali.

  • Big Goober

    Your seething hate and prejudice is a very sad thing. You are totally intolerant of any views but your own. There were no Tea Party emails with Obama and a bone in his nose. You’ve been sold a bill of goods by the left Alan. You have an extreme prejudicial, judgmental way of looking at someone who has opinions other than yours. I assure you I share Dr. Kings dream. I want my children to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Alan, I’m afraid you would’t give them or me a chance to be judged by anything other than your hateful, preconceived notions of how horrible any one who doesn’t share your ideas is. Your views about conservatives are downright scary. I’d be afraid of the type of person you described as a conservative. I’m afraid your happier hating what you don’t understand rather than trying to understand why you hate. May God bless you in your search for a better world. I pray for nothing but the best for you!

  • redneckkk

    McCarthy is a lemoncrat in a rat’s suit.

  • GlockG22shoots40s

    Alan is one funny dude…. who needs Fox to see that Cali is broke? Shut your yap… your stupidity is showing….

  • GlockG22shoots40s

    He brought the fact that he is stupid… that’s not enough?

  • GlockG22shoots40s

    why don’t you cut and paste this article to your a$$… then you can wipe it and flush it down the toilet… oh, sorry, you probably don’t wipe… nevermind…

  • Alan
  • Alan

    nope I use your mother’s tongue

  • GlockG22shoots40s

    Hey moron… stick to the theme here… neither of your articles mentions squat about the economic state of affairs with Cali’s broke gubmint…

    why not try an article from your lefty liberal website huffpo:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-gregory/jerry-brown-california-budget_b_1526000.html

    or maybe the washington times:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/15/california-nightmare/?page=all

    try to stick to the story line and not change the subject you retard…

  • GlockG22shoots40s

    you’ll have to dig her up first… but whatever yanks yer crank ya sick basterd

  • Alan

    the first article was directly on point, moron..how did you get so effing stupid anyway? here is the headline!!
    California leading nation’s economic rebound, says report

  • Alan

    try something in this century moron–we threw out all you baggers, ergo, progress..

  • GlockG22shoots40s

    Oh yeah… leading the way… with a 10.1% unemployment… thanks for showing us the path… the path to a broke government that can’t pay it’s bills… wipe the drool off your face, the retard inside you is trying to escape….

  • Alan

    I guess you will wait and see and cry, but this might interest you in the meantime– from a conservative who served with shrub.
    Revenge of the Reality based community; read it and weep, joker….lol
    http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=159274

  • Alan

    California (54,400) had the largest private-sector gains – some 54,400 jobs — followed by Texas with 24,500 and Maryland with 16,700.

    In the past 12 months, 42 states and the District of Columbia gained private-sector jobs, with California (333,100), Texas (269,000) and New York (131,900) recording the largest gains. During this period, nearly 2.0 million private-sector positions were added nationally.

  • Alan

    as long as you assholes are out of power things will go swimmingly….good riddance…lol

  • fedupMan

    My what angry words you have. Asians at least WORK.
    I live in IL Cook County, moocher
    heaven and tax payer HELL. I worked for 50 + years, it was not easy but I worked. Now I have to watch all the moochers suck up my tax $. Just watch the checkout lines at the big food stores and pay attention to all the moochers pay with a link card and then get in their brand new car, Lexus, Lincolns, BIG Chryslers and Caddys LEAD the pack. I watched with my own 2 eyes all the free OBAMA govt cell phones given away in droves, all that was needed was Govt ID card, nothing else needed. Lines of people signing up and leaving with better FREE Govt cell phones than mine, 30 people deep in parking lots waiting in 95 degree temps in the sun. This went on for at 4 months in southern Cook County IL every day, even Sundays at several locations that I know of.
    The state is in depression mode, property taxes take 3 of my SS checks, (I don’t have any fat Govt. checks) retirement for a 1200 sq ft house in Cook county, state Govt union pensions are in the stratosphere that include FREE h-care. The IL university pension system has 3000 + people retired on $175,000 to $435,000 per year + a 3% raise built in. This is a $13,500 per year raise that is more than the average ss check.
    Doctors who work for IL really have a racket. Not only do they make a lot of $ they get EVERY union raise the workers get. Some salaries as of 2010 include, Robert Stanley Rupnik, chief investment officer for the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System as some of the state’s highest paid employees in 2010, William Wood, the assistant medical director and staff psychiatrist at Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford made $361,439.80, Seven doctors employed by the Illinois Department of Human Services round off the list of the top 10-highest paid state employees in 2010, according to state comptroller records.
    Seven doctors employed by the Illinois Department of Human Services round off the list of the top 10-highest paid state employees in 2010, according to state comptroller records. See it at:
    http://thesouthern.com/news/local/article_a0b2e514-d843-11e0-9924-001cc4c002e0.html#

  • fedupMan

    Once we are all gone WHO THE HELL will PAY for all the moochers? It sure ain’t gonna be the moochers like you.
    It is actually much worse than I said above. I even gave you the url, I even gave you names. Look it up yourself. These IL retired people NO NOT pay a single penny back to the state because retired pay is NOT TAXED. So that $435k retired person, Gupta is his last name really, probably gets to keep aprox. $25,000 extra that IL taxpayers have to make up for. I wonder if you work, or are you enjoying the govt hammock?

  • Alan

    stfu moron; you are getting screwed inside and out to pay for tax cuts for the rich, like me, and you are just a poor stupid shit who doesn’t know any better…lol lol