Crowley’s (Empty) Threat

Even as a nonpartisan redistricting proposal seems to be gaining steam in Albany, Congressman Joe Crowley wants to use New York as a model of partisan redistricting. The Queens Democrat plans to retaliate against Tom Delay‘s, whose allies redrew the lines in Texas to favor the Republicans.

“Texas needs a pushback,” Crowley told Roll Call earlier this month. “There needs to be a pushback from our side, and New York is one place where it could happen.”

Um, maybe not. Although Democrats are hoping to reclaim the Governor’s Mansion and City Hall by 2006, congressional lines are drawn by a bi-partisan task force appointed in equal part by each house of the divided state legislature. So Crowley’s plan may have to wait.