The newly drawn map of Ohio’s congressional districts has been drawn by the Ohio House. The surgically drawn lines would put Massachusetts Governor Gerry to shame. The 9th district [Marcy Kaptur D.] snakes along the swamps of Lake Erie from Toledo to Cleveland, butting up on the district of Dennis Kucinich way over in Cuyahoga County. They sliced off from her district a valuable section of Toledo voters, trending Democrat, of course.
In fact, the city of Toledo will now be represented in Congress by three different Representatives. Yes, three. Rep. Jim Jordan [R] will represent a district that begins at Lake Erie and snakes southward down to Urbana, near Dayton [purple color]. Rep. Bob Latta [R] gets a hunk of Toledo [orange color]and southward, half-way down the state. Ms. Kaptur’s new district is in dark green.
How can rural Representatives like Latta and Jordan serve the people of a large urban setting like Toledo? Well, the obvious answer is that they won’t, which is precisely why the lines were drawn that way. They will vote according to the wishes of their rural constituents to the south. In other words, citizens living around the University of Toledo, professors and students, will now be in the same boat as the farmers along the Indiana border. Representation?
The intention of this new redistricting is obvious: to protect and strengthen the GOP hold on the state of Ohio. The historically Democratic voting sections of Lucas county have been sliced off and will now be encompassed [and overwhelmed] by the large mass of Republican voters to the south. Clever, very clever. Yet, are the citizens being truly represented? Or is it ‘taxation without representation?’ I wonder what Rep. Jordan, an emerging leader of the Tea Party faction in the U.S. House, would have to say to his new constituents about this very Tea Party principle of taxation without representation? Not a word, I suspect. Nada.
There you go. The politics of a democracy. Would our Founding Fathers be proud of all of this?