The redistricting trial in Tallahassee has concluded, and its not up to the judge presiding over the case to make his decision, on whether Republican state legislators drew up the 2012 redistricting maps to favor themselves, and their fellow Republicans in that years general election, and future elections.Both parties had a hand in the dirty negotiations, and the truth about the “secret meetings” and “deleted emails,” as well as other shenanigans that went on during the map-drawing process, has now been confirmed in open court.
During the trial, the Gainesville-based consulting firm of Data Targeting, who is currently representing Republican congressional candidate Carol Platt, tried to “block the disclosure” of the evidence it had regarding the “shady” work Data Targeting and legislators did during the redistricting process.
Evidence taken from a Gainesville-based consultant was also heard, but it was done during an unusual closed-door courtroom session. Lawyers for Data Targeting tried to block the disclosure of the evidence, but the state Supreme Court ruled it could be considered as long as it wasn’t done in open court.-Associated Press
Interestingly enough, legislators and consultants like Data Targeting were responsible for “the fix” in former Congressman Allen West’s congressional district.
A full 5 months before the maps were even drawn, one legislator involved in the redistricting process told the Shark Tank that “Allen West is screwed” once the maps are drawn.
Again, how could he/they know this if the maps were not yet drawn?
I think everyone knows that Republicans did it- I really don’t care. I’m fine. No one ambushes me. -Congressman Allen West
West and others cried foul, but legislators insisted that the process was done fairly, and that West was just an unfortunate situation. This even after a top GOP legislator personally told West, months before the maps were released, that he needed to look for another seat to run in.
According to both Republican and Democrat strategists familiar with the deal, the Republican-led legislator was to strengthen both Republican and Democrat-leaning congressional districts, but single out West, and make his district lean Democrat.The point here was to bolster the chances he (West) would lose in the 2012 general election.
Ironically enough, West’s Guardian PAC has named Navy veteran Jorge Bonilla, who is being challenged by Data Targeting candidate Carol Platt, to it’s “One’s to Watch” list of candidates.
The contrast between Bonilla and Platt is getting starker by the day. Bonilla is seen as the conservative grassroots candidate, and Platt as the good ole boy establishment candidate.
Platt has received a tepid endorsement from former Governor Jeb Bush, as well as receiving the backing of state legislator and Jeb Bush/Charlie Crist Agriculture Commissioner, Charlie Bronson.
Bonilla is on West’s “Watch list” and has been endorsed by Congressmen Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Pete Sessions (R-TX), as well as by conservative state legislator Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala).
Peter vivaldi is also running in the primary race against Bonilla and Platt, but is considered to be a non-starter candidate, considering his Felony arrest for writing bad checks, and falsifying state documents by lying on an application for consideration to be appointed to a County Commission seat in Orange County, Florida.Vivald stated on the application that he was never arrested, for anything, which in fact he was.