Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Profile in Redistricting "Courage" #1

As promised earlier today, this is our first Profile in Redistricting "Courage." We begin in north Mississippi, with House District 7's Wanda Jennings.

Rep. Jennings, nicknamed "the Fairy Godmother" by her colleagues, acted as the Republican witness at the Woolfolk Building as numerous Republican House members came over and made changes to their districts over the last two months. She was well-qualified to do that, since she went to several national redistricting conferences across the country, including the major redistricting conference in D.C. with Chairman Tommy Reynolds.  When the fruit of her labor at the Woolfolk Building came before the House subcommittee of the Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment Redistricting, Rep. Jennings voted for the House plan. Then she voted for it again before the full Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment Redistricting. And then she voted for the House plan a third time in the House Apportionment and Elections Committee.

As the plan she'd helped craft and voted for three times made its way to the House floor, Rep. Jennings enthusiastically boasted to House members that the DeSoto County delegation would vote for the new map "en masse."

Then she voted against it.

For those keeping score at home, that means she voted for the House plan three times...before she voted against it.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It really isn't all that surprising to hear about the Fairy Godmother voting 75% in favor of the house plan and only 25% against it. She's a member of the same party as our Governor who can't seem to make up his mind on how he remembers integration. That would also be the same party as our Lt. Governor who still gets confused over why Mississippi has to play fair by the voting rights act and get Department of Justice approval on any redistricting plan. No worries Rep. Jennings, I am sure the first 3 times you voted in favor of the house plan you were tricked, confused, not fully informed, or maybe you just simply enjoy being a part of the problem like your esteemed leaders. Keep up the good work, but do the taxpayers a favor, just stay home the next time you get invited to attend a convention on Redistricting since you clearly learned nothing. By the way, wasn't the Fairy Godmother famous for giving Cinderella something she wanted, only to take it back at the stroke of midnight...