Richmond, VA – At their virtual state convention this weekend, the establishment arm of the Democratic Party of Virginia adopted a resolution “rejecting the Virginia Redistricting Commission Constitutional Amendment.”
This is a far cry from what Democrats campaigned on in 2019 and clamored for in the years proceeding. In August of 2017, then Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn tweeted: “Pleased to join great activists from @1VA2021 representing over 600 constituents who signed a petition supporting fair redistricting.” In June of 2018, DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker issued a statement in support of “getting rid of politically-drawn, gerrymandered House of Delegates districts.”
In June of 2020, the Democratic establishment no longer supports fair redistricting. What changed? Democrats took control, and they’re afraid that fair legislative districts will cost them their new majority.
“The resolution that the DPVA adopted this weekend is a slap in the face to the thousands of Virginians that voted them into office under the guise of fair redistricting,” said RPV Chairman Jack Wilson. “Simply put, Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is a liar. Nothing she or the rest of the Virginia Democrats ‘promise’ can ever be trusted again. This is why Democrats should never be put in charge; they are willing to lie, cheat, and steal their way to power no matter how badly they hurt Virginia families.”