Worst Redistricting Ever!

Well, we knew the Republican-dominated PA State govt. was going to stretch the bounds of sense and reason (hey, they’re Republicans, that’s what they do) in the 2010 redistricting, but this gerrymandering of the 7th District (of which Chadds Ford is part) is outrageous even coming from the likes of Dom Pileggi and Co. In a wonderful Christmas present for party-line incumbent Republican Pat Meehan, Democratic areas of the 7th, such as Upper Darby were excised and rural areas of Chester, Lancaster and Berks county were added. Delco Dems chair David Landau says of the new district, “It looks like an oil spill…we now have Amish farmers crammed in with the inner ring suburbs.”

Here’s the old 7th:


Here’s the new one, which has been labeled the 5th most gerrymandered district in the country. I’m hard pressed to imagine more outrageous ones, but I bet they’re all to benefit Republicans: