The Vultures are Circling

After the results of the 2010 Census were released, Missouri lost enough population to lose a US House seat. The Missouri Legislature is working to create new boundaries and it doesn’t look good for some democrats.

Here is the current Missouri Congressional District map
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The proposed map below that covers St.Louis and the surrounding area is quite different. If the proposed map below is confirmed, guess who gets it it his shorts? Carnahan currently “represents” the 3rd Congressional District. Lacy Clay holds the 1st District. It’s not Clay whose district just disappeared.

First Mo. congressional redistricting maps released

This view shows the St. Louis-area districts in more detail (Digital copies of the maps were not available at press time). 

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio
The two districts in question above are for democrats Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay. Missouri would be well rid of both and Cleaver in KC but I doubt that will happen. Clay and Cleaver are in “safe” districts, St. Louis and Kansas City respectively. Carnahan, on the other hand, could quite well be toast. The way the new proposed boundaries lie, Carnahan has to run either against Clay or against a strong republican, Representative Jo Ann Emerson.

Carnahan tried to make a deal and was rebuffed by both Clay and Cleaver. Apparently both seem to think Carnahan is a loser (well, duh!) and they are ignoring his efforts.

Detente for Missouri Democrats

Two weeks ago, a frustrated Russ Carnahan (right) approached Lacy Clay. | AP Photos Close

By JONATHAN ALLEN | 4/19/11 12:20 PM EDT 

Rep. Russ Carnahan has all but agreed to avoid a primary fight against Rep. Lacy Clay if, as expected, the two Democrats are drawn into the same district by the Missouri legislature.
But for detente to occur, there had to be hostilities.

Two weeks ago, a frustrated Carnahan approached Clay on the House floor. Carnahan had been hoping to get Clay and fellow Missouri Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleave to pressure Gov. Jay Nixon to veto a Republican remapping of the state’s congressional districts. Not only had Clay and Cleaver declined to help, they had stopped taking Carnahan’s calls on the matter.

“[F—-] you,” Carnahan said, according to a source who heard the obscenity. Then, with sarcasm, he added “Thanks for your help.”

It’s easy to see why Clay and Cleaver aren’t rushing to fall on their swords for Carnahan. The maps under discussion would strengthen Cleaver in his Kansas City-based district, and the new district that would be drawn from the current seats of Clay and Carnahan, who is white, would have a heavily African-American electorate. All of that, of course, is dependent upon the Missouri Senate and House coming to agreement on a plan — a big “if,” given that the Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation converged on Jefferson City on Monday to try to help hash out a deal between the warring chambers.
Carnahan’s best hope — and the fear of everyone else in the Missouri delegation — is that the heavily Republican Legislature will deadlock and an appellate court will draw the lines.

For Democrats, the bad blood runs deeper than the hot-tempered floor exchange. Given Carnahan’s flirtation with a primary run against Clay, some black Democrats were furious when party leaders put Carnahan on a list of targeted incumbents who are given extra campaign help. But, after a meeting of the Missouri Democrats with House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiSteve Israel (D-N.Y.), most folks are convinced Carnahan won’t run a kamikaze mission against Clay. Instead, one insider told POLITICO, Democratic leaders want Carnahan to run in a Republican-tilting district next door. (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman. 

For the full article, go here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53415.html#ixzz1K4z2VB3DThe image is still in my mind, the buzzards have landed and Russ Carnahan is on the menu as the first course.

Awwww, poor boy. Tsk, tsk.

1 thought on “The Vultures are Circling

  1. Same thing happening down here in louisiana. Pols are scrambling to save their "seats". One of the proposed maps looks like a Picasso drawing. The feds will probably be pulled into the mess with lawsuits by the protected class.

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