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Sen. Marsh statement on GOP redistricting plan

The reason that state Senate Republicans chose Monday to bring up and vote out their redistricting bill was that one Democrat was absent, giving Republicans the one-vote majority they needed in the 20-20 chamber to pass the bill.

That absent Democrat was Sen. Henry Marsh, D-Richmond, a civil-rights lawyer who had gone to Washington for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Democrats just released a statement from Marsh:

“I was outraged and I was saddened yesterday afternoon to learn that the Senate Republicans had used my absence to force through radical changes to all 40 Senate districts.”

“I wanted to attend the historic second inauguration of President Obama in person. For Senate Republicans to use my absence to push through a partisan redistricting plan that hurts voters across the state is shameful.

“I’ve been a lawyer for over 50 years, and I’m certain these changes are unconstitutional. Also, allowing this to stand would mean that the people of Virginia could be subjected to ten different redistricting plans in a decade.”

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