“POLITICS AT ITS WORST”: Lawler Slams New York’s Supreme Court Order to Redraw State’s Congressional Maps

New York’s highest court issued an order on Tuesday, mandating the state to redraw its congressional districts ahead of the 2024 elections. This decision is expected to give Democrats a potential advantage in the fiercely contested battle for control of the U.S. House.

The 4-3 ruling handed down by the New York Court of Appeals carries significant implications as Democrats actively seek more favorable district boundaries within the state for the upcoming elections. Meanwhile, Republicans, who previously gained control of the House by flipping seats in New York, were determined to maintain the existing map.

The responsibility for crafting the new districts will now fall upon the state’s bipartisan Independent Redistricting Commission. Subsequently, these newly formulated boundaries will undergo review and approval by the Democrat-controlled Legislature. The court has set a strict deadline for the commission, ordering them to submit the new map no later than February 28, 2024.

“In 2014, the voters of New York amended our Constitution to provide that legislative districts be drawn by an Independent Redistricting Commission,” the court’s decision stated. “The Constitution demands that process, not districts drawn by courts.”

In response to the court’s decision, Congressman Mike Lawler expressed strong disapproval, accusing the Albany Democrats of manipulating the congressional map.

“This decision by the Court of Appeals is corrupt Albany politics at its worst,” said Congressman Lawler. “Kathy Hochul, Hakeem Jeffries, and Albany and Washington Democrats stacked the court with a handpicked judge to deliver the decision they needed to rig New York’s Congressional maps.”

He continued: “Let me be clear – stacking the court to influence its decision is a direct threat to democratic norms in New York. To speak plainly, Kathy Hochul and Hakeem Jeffries should be ashamed of themselves for putting politics above all other considerations.”

Concluding his statement, Congressman Lawler warned of further legal action as Albany and Washington Democrats proceed with their efforts to redraw the congressional lines in the coming weeks. Regardless of the eventual outcome, he affirmed that New Yorkers would remember the developments next November and in November of 2026.

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