New congresswoman joins critics who say governor is out of line
Florida’s newest member of Congress, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, added her voice Monday to debate over whether the Florida Supreme Court should opine on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed congressional redistricting plan.
Cherfilus-McCormick’s lawyers wrote in a brief that DeSantis’ plan discriminates against Florida’s Black voters. She argues that his request for an advisory opinion from the court, which is a rare thing, is an attempt to thwart the legislative process and “serves only to legitimize the prevention of Black voters from having a fair opportunity to elect candidates of choice.”
Cherfilus-McCormick, who is Black, also has a J.D. from St. Thomas University College of Law, according to a Congressional bio.