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State GOP leader takes wait-and-see attitude on redistricting

July 29, 2011 |  2:56 pm

Redistricting map
Just a few short weeks ago, the California Republican Party was up in arms over the new political districts being drawn for the first time by a citizens commission.

State party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro blasted the work as biased and threatened to launch a campaign to ask voters to overturn the maps.

On Friday, just hours after the commission gave tentative approval to new maps for California congressional, state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts, Del Beccaro said his group will take some time to look at them before deciding whether to go to court or start a referendum drive.

"After we crunch all the numbers, we have to review what, if anything, should be done about it," Del Beccaro said.

He said the maps appear to put GOP candidates at a disadvantage in California, where the party's registration has dropped over the last decade.

"It does make it potentially harder for Republicans," Del Beccaro said, adding,  "I don’t think that was the design of the voters.’’

Republican leaders have questioned how meetings were held and the appearance of conflicts of interest involving political ties of advisors and a commission member.

"The process they used from Day One has been less than confidence-building," he said.


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Photo: Carson Mayor Jim Dear, seen with a redistricting map behind him, comments at a hearing last month.

Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times