10/01/2005

Daily Kos: The Real Tom DeLay Story

The Real Tom DeLay Story
by lichtman [Subscribe]
Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 17:28:21 CDT

My name is Allan Lichtman. I am a professor of political history at American University and the former political analyst for CNN Headline News. I was the expert witness for Democrats in the Texas congressional redistricting cases involving Tom DeLay as well as the cases in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. I have just declared my candidacy as a Democrat for the open US Senate seat in Maryland.

This is a race that matters to us all because Bush has made Maryland a priority target for picking up a seat in 2006 and holding his Senate majority. I would like to talk about what happened in Texas and how it relates to my campaign.

The real story about Tom DeLay's indictment in Texas goes far beyond the corrupt acts of a single individual. DeLay's intervention in Texas state legislative elections was part of a concerted, nationwide Republican plan to control our government through political gerrymandering at the expense of black and Hispanic voters.

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By pumping money into state legislative races in Texas, DeLay engineered Republican control in 2002 over a previously divided state legislature. He then guided Texas lawmakers into breaking precedent by rewriting mid-decade an established congressional redistricting plan. The DeLay plan thwarted the will of voters by drawing districts to guarantee Republican victories and take over some half dozen Democratic seats. To this end, DeLay and his allies cynically and knowingly destroyed the voting rights of millions of African-Americans and Hispanics in Texas.

In the Dallas County area, the plan demolished a 60.5 percent minority district and scattered its voters into five Anglo-dominated, Republican districts in which they have no chance to influence the outcomes of elections. In southwest Texas, DeLay's plan removed some 90,000 Hispanics from Congressional District 23 to ensure that it would elect a Republican opposed by Hispanic voters. His plan dismantled seven other congressional districts across Texas in which African-American and Hispanic voters critically influenced election outcomes, submerging these voters into heavily Republican districts in which they have no influence.

The big corporate interests behind Tom DeLay knew full well what they bought in Texas. They bought our government. Absent DeLay's gerrymandering, the Democrats, not Republicans, would have picked up congressional seats nationally in 2004, putting Democrats in a much better position to regain control of Congress next year.

I am running as a candidate like Paul Wellstone with the courage, principles, and experience to stop these kinds of corporate giveaways and become a warrior for working- and middle-class people in the Senate. Check out my ideas on my website: www.allanlichtman.com.

Daily Kos: The Real Tom DeLay Story

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