Ever since the last-minute map switcheroo that scooped out northwest Orange County and grafted it to the hip (to be polite) of Long Beach to form California Congressional District 47 (CA-47), I have whined about the smaller cities in Orange County being lost in the shadow of great big Long Beach.
This morning, an article by Kyle Trygstad at Roll Call, which covers Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., lends strength to my complaint.
“Parties Draw Lines in California Sand” analyzes the lie of the land in the Golden State for Congressional candidates following the June primary.
CA-47 is mentioned briefly in the article (emphasis added):
The district was drawn to hand to Alan Lowenthal, a Democrat with a Long Beach power base.
Alan Lowenthal’s opponent in the Fall general election will be Gary DeLong, also from Long Beach.
In the House of Representatives, the new district effectively silences the voices of the smaller cities along the northwestern Orange County border.
After suffering under this map for a decade, I will be laying in wait for the next so-called non-partisan redistricting commission after the 2020 census.
As the saying goes, Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
- Nation watching today’s California primary (oc-breeze.com)
- Lowenthal coasts to top spot in new 47th Congressional District (oc-breeze.com)
- Meet-and-greet for Congressional candidate Gary DeLong in Rossmoor (oc-breeze.com)
- Congressional candidate Gary DeLong asks whether higher taxes are necessary (oc-breeze.com)
- Lowenthal, DeLong face off for Congress in new O.C./Long Beach district (ocregister.com)
- NRCC notices California Congressional District 47 (oc-breeze.com)
- Congressional candidates answer questions at Cypress College forum (oc-breeze.com)
- House contender DeLong named GOP ‘Young Gun’ (totalbuzz.ocregister.com)