As Commission Begins Redrawing Dallas's Districts, Barton and Smith at War Over State's
|Congressman Joe Barton|
Too bad she's not there to mediate the fight over the state's redistricting: Politico this morning details the battle between the 21st District's Lamar Smith and the 6th's Smokey Joe Barton. Smith, chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and the man overseeing the Texas redo, "is pushing to evenly split four new districts between Republicans and Democrats," reports Politico's John Bresnahan, "acknowledging that Texas's surging Hispanic population will gain minority-majority seats in the Dallas and Houston areas."
But Barton -- with the support of Gov. Rick Perry -- wants to make "three, or possibly all four, of the new districts Republican-favored, potentially shutting out Hispanic hopefuls from the new seats." Neither man would talk to Politico and told others not to cooperate either, but Bresnahan says it's gotten so bad Barton's skipping meetings and shouting obscenities at Smith behind closed doors. Pete Sessions, who stands to benefit most from Barton's behind-the-scenes maneuvering, says don't worry, it's all good. At which point Barton apologized to BP again.