Wednesday's letters: Blame lawmakers for redistricting mess Lawmakers are to blame

Letter to the Editor | Tampa Bay Times | 08/12/2015

Back when Florida legislators were pretending to seek input from their constituents about how congressional and legislative districts should be drawn, I was one of many who testified we wanted maps drawn as required by the Fair Districts Amendments. I will admit to being angry, accusing them of taking care of Republican incumbents and ignoring those they claimed to represent.

I am still angry. Floridians have lost three years of fair districts and $8 million in tax money while Republican legislators broke every rule in the book to try to assure their own success at the ballot box. The Florida Supreme Court has told them the congressional districts they drew are illegal. Yet Sen. Don Gaetz had the gall to say, "Some people will not be satisfied until they win in the courts what they cannot win at the ballot box." He knows perfectly well who is responsible for this costly mess: he and the other Republican lawmakers.

Mary Louise Ambrose, Belleair Bluffs

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