UPDATED 01/20/12: U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s, whose current district encompasses all of Hays County, released this statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on redistricting in Texas:
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“I will seek reelection wherever most of my constituents live. I would like to continue representing all of Hays County but am ready to represent as much of it as I am permitted. Unlike Lamar Smith, I want to represent Texas State University and all those who care most about its continuing success.
Nothing in the Supreme Court order precludes a final congressional map like that already drawn for our area by San Antonio Judges Garcia and Rodriguez. Their map is the better approach for all of us, but perhaps it can be improved. Only Justice Clarence Thomas insisted on imposing the crooked Perrymandered map that unfairly carves up Hays County.
“The mishandling of this matter by Rick Perry and Greg Abbott may unfortunately again delay this election, but it should not prevent full implementation of the Voting Rights Act to assure fair treatment of our Hispanic and African American neighbors. Better later and right than earlier and wrong.”