Jindal, Redistricting And The Grigsby Ad
Written by  // Wednesday, 23 March 2011 10:29 //

John MaginnnisJindal Backs 2 North Louisiana Districts

   A quorum of the congressional delegation was at the state Capitol today to speak in support of maintaining two districts in North Louisiana. But the loudest voice came from Harrisonburg, where Gov. Bobby Jindal, after an appearance, said he would support and lobby for the plan filed by Sen. Robert Kostelka, R-Monroe. He said that six of seven congressmen (all but Jeff Landry) are in support of the north Louisiana plan and that is consensus enough for him.

   In Kostelka’s bill, the Shreveport-based 4th District would extend as far south as Jefferson Davis Parish (Jennings) and the northern part of Acadia Parish. The 5th District would drop down to St. Martin Parish. The two districts would split Rapides Parish, which currently is wholly in Congressman Rodney Alexander’s 4th District. Most of Congressman Charles Boustany’s current 7th District, including Lake Charles and Lafayette, would be in a new 3rd District that would also include Congressman Jeff Landry’s home in New Iberia.

   The 6th Congressional District would push east into northern Tangipahoa Parish and take in all of Washington Parish, and also move down the river to pick up white precincts in the current 3rd District. The minority-majority 2nd Congressional District would go into North Baton Rouge and Scotlandville to pick up about 110,000 residents.

Grigsby Ad Opposes Congressional Plan

   Traditionally, reapportionment is considered strictly an "inside the rails" affair for legislators only, which is why lobbyists have cleared out of the Capitol for the special session.

   Contractor Lane Grigsby is defying that tradition in a big way, by placing an ad on YouTube that criticizes the plan for two North Louisiana districts as being anti-south Louisiana.

   Even legislators who agree with Grigsby's sentiment don't like the ad’s representation of the redistricting plan being drawn up behind closed doors. Yet, given Grigsby propensity to fund independent expenditures ads in legislative races, south Louisiana lawmakers are paying attention.

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