With an Eye on Redistricting, Steve Israel Says Republican Takeover ‘Complicates Things’

Representative Steve Israel, who handles recruiting for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that the Republican takeover of the State

Representative Steve Israel, who handles recruiting for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that the Republican takeover of the State Senate makes life more difficult in terms of the redistricting process, which will be hashed out by the governor and legislative leaders next year.

"Of course it complicates things from a Democratic perspective," said Israel in a phone interview.

But Israel expressed confidence that things could change in two years.   

"It's entirely a local function," he said. "Who knows what's going to happen in two years? Redistricting is two years away.

"Yesterday, nobody would have predicted that the Senate would flip. So I think anybody who is predicting what is going to happen two years from now should take what happened in the Senate as an example."

"I'm a big believer in keeping my eye on the ball," said Israel, who argued that Democratic focus would first be on local races in 2009, then congressional races, and "only at that point should we begin to concern about redistricting." With an Eye on Redistricting, Steve Israel Says Republican Takeover ‘Complicates Things’