Gov. Wolf rejects submitted GOP congressional map
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf has rejected a GOP-submitted congressional map.
Wolf said he told the Supreme Court he will not accept the map, calling "a partisan gerrymander," and that is does not comply with the court's order.
“The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander. Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional," said Wolf.
The governor had Tufts University professor Moon Dunchin analyze the submission.
Dunchin released a statement on her analysis, that in part, said, "When measured by tracking its partisan bias, the proposed Joint Submission Plan failed emphatically. Only the 2011 plan that is currently in effect started from a more severe partisan
skew and stood out more in this test."
House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Joe Scarnati have responded to the rejection calling the governor's pronouncements "absurd."
"It's time that you produced a map for the public to review in a transparent fashion. Produce your map and we will put it up for a vote," said Turzai.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Turzai submitted their proposed map Friday after the state Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 that the current congressional map was unconstitutional.
According to the court order, Wolf has until Feb. 15 to approve a map to the Supreme Court. If a map is not approved by that date, the court could end up drawing the new lines.
Democrats announced Monday they are working on their own version of the map.