Today, dozens of your state legislators gathered at the performing arts center here in Orlando, to hear the public’s opinion on Fair Districts. The legislation that passed last November, that would require lawmakers to draw reasonable, compact districts, based on census results for their constituents. Dozens of Orlando citizens stood before this panel of lawmakers and gave great, rousing speeches…speeches that quoted great peacemakers and historical figures. They gave strong statistics to support their arguments for, or against it. They used their time to bring up personal experiences that brought the crowd to it’s feet with applause.
and it probably didn’t change the minds of any of the politicians that sat up there.
Guys, this is about political self-preservation. If a lawmaker doesn’t feel threatened by Amendments 5 and 6, they’re not going to do anything about it.
If they feel like they might be out of a job, come election time then, they’re going to fight with everything they’ve got. In fact, no one on that panel cared about anything you had to say…
Except State Rep. Mike Horner…
The rest of them texted, held sidebars, took breaks, and even busted out the laptops. Why? Because, it’s about getting re-elected son (or daughter), political theater like this seldom matters.
Anyhow, the turnout was about 80/20 Democrat and it was a good opportunity to see almost all of your lawmakers (Absent Dean Cannon took a verbal beating the entire time) in one place.
Here are some photos for you and I know I’ve sounded a little cranky during this post but, that’s reality guys. Strong candidates and strong campaigns win elections.
That’s the only fair thing about politics, let’s hope that never changes.