This morning on the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown Orlando, Congresswoman Corrine Brown held a press conference after filing a lawsuit against the Florida Supreme Court, decision that ruled her district in violation of the Fair District Act of 2010. The lawsuit aims to stop the current process underway to redraw the lines to meet requirements.
“It’s not what a district looks like, or what it’s shaped like, it’s whether it has representative government.” said Brown flanked by attorneys and supporters “The idea is that you are destroying civil rights in unacceptable.”
The lawsuit includes Brown’s own fifth district, which stretches from Jacksonville, down to Orlando, through African American communities located in Sanford and Eatonville. It also includes Congressional Districts 13 and 14, all which under the recently proposed new maps under consideration, could cause a “shake-up” which currently has incumbents and potential challengers in both considering alternative options for political survival.
Brown filed the suit on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Points in the lawsuit include the Supreme Court’s ruling diminishing the ability of black voters in the area to elect a representative of their choice, a violation of the VRA.
When asked how her lawsuit would effect her fellow Democratic incumbents and the absence of fellow party members standing with her on the matter, she concluded “This is not about me. It’s about the people. And making sure they have someone at the table that represents them. We have people trying to take us out, and we’re not going out, we’re not going back!”