On Redistricting, Weiner and Liu Stand Out

johnliu333 On Redistricting, Weiner and Liu Stand OutIndependent, non-partisan redistricting is a major goal now being pushed in Albany by former Mayor Ed Koch and good-government reformers. Recently, Anthony Weiner–a Democratic congressman and all-but announced 2013 mayoral candidate–took some heat for his opposition to reforming the way New York’s legislative lines are drawn after each census.

But Weiner is not the only likely 2013 mayoral candidate who failed to embrace redistricting reform.

In an interview, City Comptroller John Liu told me “it’s not an issue I’ve spent a great deal of effort thinking about. We’ve got our budget challenges that preoccupy most of our time.” Liu did not elaborate, coming out neither for it, nor against it.

The rest of the likely 2013 Democratic field–City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer–all support redistricting reform.

Stringer emailed to say:

“I believe strongly in non-partisan re-districting, because we can no longer allow gerrymandering to taint our electoral process, in the state legislature or anywhere else. New York is at a crossroads, and this is the moment for us to finally break free of a system that shamelessly protects incumbents and sacrifices the very fundamentals of representative democracy. The time for reform is now.”

De Blasio emailed:

“New Yorkers are fed up with a redistricting process that favors status quo politics over an active democracy. This is about fairness. New York needs independent redistricting that treats every vote as equal, preserves minority representation and keeps communities whole.”

When asked if Quinn supported non-partisan redistricting, a spokesman emailed to say “yes.”