Earlier this week Democratic State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa of Milwaukee issued a statement blasting Dan Kelly, an attorney for the state of Wisconsin, after he said Zamarripa did not oppose Republican-drawn redistricting maps
Here’s Rep. Zamarripa’s statement.
“I am outraged that the GOP attorneys would resort to potentially slanderous statements in order to defend the Republicans in their web of lies and deceit of the public.
“In fact, I was on the witness list to testify, but in a strategic decision by attorneys based on the court’s directive that the trial conclude in two days, I was not called to testify.
“This redistricting plan deliberately and cynically divides our Latino community. It is an abuse of power designed to marginalize Latino voters.
“I cannot state emphatically enough that I do not and never have endorsed the redistricted maps that were forced upon Wisconsin with no public input, no thoughtful timeline and no regard for our fellow Wisconsinites.”
Under the new districts drawn as a result of Senate Bill 148, the 9th Assembly District would become a Hispanic voting-age majority district, with the percentage of Hispanic residents of voting-age rising from the current 22.9% to 54%, while the Hispanic voting-age majority in the 8th Assembly District would be cut to a 60% Hispanic voting-age majority.