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GOP strategist’s daughter leaks secret files

Her father was a longtime political operative, and she just released his secret files to the public. This is why you should care.

Thomas Hofeller was the Republican Party’s gerrymandering mastermind

Now his daughter has released his secret files to the public — shedding light on how he helped shape elections in the U.S. Gerrymandering was named after Elbridge Gerry, who as governor of Massachusetts in 1812 reshaped a district so much it resembled a salamander. Despite being used at the local level by the GOP and Democrats historically, Thomas Hofeller was behind the gerrymandering strategy used to win GOP elections for decades since the 1980s — But when he died in 2018, he left a treasure trove of files.

Her father's work with the GOP

This included recommending a citizenship question to the census to be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic whites.” After hearing of her father’s death, she found his bag of hard drives detailing his gerrymandering methods. She then made them public. They became evidence in a successful case against Republicans drawing illegal districts in North Carolina.

“They were having literally secret meetings where the maps were getting drawn so that the public may not even other members of the legislature, much less the public, even could be present while it was happening. What started to happen in the 90s, and I'm afraid my father was really in on the ground floor is there started to be a shift, a real strong shift to the point where Republicans in general were squarely not the majority of the population. And, well, the Republican leadership didn't like that. My father was the first person that I knew of that made a really cogent point. And that is, "Hey. If we control the state legislature in a state, a purple state, you know, let's say. Doesn't that mean that we would control the redistricting process?" If my father was drawing district lines, well, then he was doing something that affects every single one of us”, Stephanie Hofeller tells Brut.

Redistricting

The next major redistricting cycle will follow the 2020 U.S. Census. Hofeller hopes her decision to make her father’s work public serves as a wakeup call for voters.The Republicans are still in the process right now of trying to get my drives erased. They filed motions just the other day trying to get those destroyed, trying to get them suppressed, trying to get them declared classified. How the audacity that they can call how they draw our representative districts, a trade secret. How can the government have a trade secret? They work for us.

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17/01/2020 12:57

223 commentaires

  • Jason G.
    28/02/2020 22:14

    Poor thing. Must suck to want attention that bad.

  • Kevin D.
    28/02/2020 08:46

    It's just Republicans I'm sure ...... 🙄🙄🙄

  • David W.
    27/02/2020 03:39

    I think she's on the Good Ship Lollipop!

  • Ben S.
    27/02/2020 03:07

    I say we compromise! Do away with Gerrymandering on the condition we overturn the 17 Amendment and return Senator selection to the states as was originally intended!!

  • Chris H.
    26/02/2020 10:45

    Lol, one person did it all and it was a republican. Look at her eyes and how she speaks. Always looking away when she speaks. Keep trying snowflakes, I still have popcorn.😊

  • Steven S.
    25/02/2020 15:59

    Hey lady, first of all pronounce it correctly before you start telling us how it works.

  • David V.
    24/02/2020 20:00

    Trade secret? Like major corporations have (which are for-profit and have investors)? Politics is becoming the new business, or as I should say, just another form of a for-profit corporation!

  • Shawna S.
    24/02/2020 16:25

    Lord keep her safe.

  • Joe S.
    24/02/2020 00:07

    The idea one party dies this while another doesn't....

  • Jason A.
    22/02/2020 13:57

    Okay, 1980 - 1812 = 168 years before him that this was going on. Sounds like a dead dad hating daughter looking for a money grab after 2018. Maybe she should call the russians to sell this to.

  • Alex R.
    21/02/2020 23:39

    Both parties have always done this.

  • Bobby F.
    21/02/2020 14:26

    She just wants illegals to be counted for the Democrats when they shouldn't be here at all. He dad probably cut her out of his will lol.

  • Kirk O.
    21/02/2020 01:48

    Oh so like Obama removing by executive order the question of immigrant status from the last census so illegals would be counted so that give New York and California move congress persons and more vote to do what they want in Congress

  • Amgelia J.
    20/02/2020 01:28

    Old!!!

  • Amgelia J.
    20/02/2020 01:22

    As if Jerry meandering doesn't swing through both doors. What is she saying?! that the dominant party is still in the election through this format know not even close if that was the case they would not have voted to change the elections to pure electronic so get the f*** on out of here with your late-stage b******* lady. Indoctrination time

  • Ray D.
    19/02/2020 16:56

    Both parties have done this. When democrats draw new district lines to win elections they say it's for the benefit of minorities. They have forced people from good school districts into failing ones to pick up averages. It shouldn't be done on either side. If you can't win an election or the school district is failing then you need to change your strategy.

  • Wayne E.
    19/02/2020 04:53

    Well it was nice knowing her.....

  • James R.
    18/02/2020 22:00

    how much was she payed to lie

  • Tim S.
    17/02/2020 21:44

    The key to redistricting is to put it back in the hands of the people. In 2018, The voters of the state of Michigan successfully passed a ballot initiative to create a panel of ordinary citizens to redistrict the state. Michigan Republicans were so alarmed by this that they tried to gut the measure in secret (ie: circumvent the will of the people) during their final lame duck session. Fortunately, they did not succeed.

  • Jess A.
    16/02/2020 13:19

    Id excuse the gerrymandering of both parties, if we could get term limits

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