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Califorinia Republicans Call for Official Investigation of Dem's Redistricting Tactics

by Lois Beckett

ProPublica, Dec. 21, 2011,

 reprinted with permission 

Early reactions to ProPublica’s report on the ways California Democrats manipulated the state’s citizen redistricting commission split along partisan lines.

The Chairman of California’s Republican Party called for “an immediate and thorough investigation.”

“No fair minded person can now say the process or the result was fair,” Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said in a press release. “I am calling for an immediate and thorough investigation, by Congressional and State authorities, to get to the bottom of this obviously corrupted process.  Beyond that, the Congressional and Senate lines as drawn by the Commission should not be used in any way for the upcoming elections." (One note: The press release says our piece detailed a “relationship between [commission] members and officials from the DNC;” our story doesn’t note any such relationships.)

Del Beccaro has long been critical of the redistricting commission.

In contrast, Democratic state party chair John Burton told the San Francisco Chronicle that the story was “complete bulls..t, an absolute f..king fabrication.”

“As the chair of the party, I know the party didn’t do this…the Democratic Party didn’t do sh..t,” Burton said. “As far as I was concerned, there was nothing you could goddamned do.” (Our story detailed the maneuvering of congressional Democrats in Washington, and not state Democrats such as Burton.)   Update: Burton also released a statement calling ProPublica's report "pure fantasy."

A spokesman for the state Democratic Party did not immediately return our request for comment.

Democratic strategist Bob Mulholland also told the Chronicle that it would have been “easier to influence North Korea” than influence the redistricting commission.