Posted By Eric Ethington on October 17, 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah – The final day of the Utah Redistricting special session has been marred by lie after lie from the Republican Legislators. Including a brand new map which they claim has been publicly vetted despite proof to the contrary.
In a closed-door caucus meeting this morning, void of any public view, the Utah Republicans drew a new map which they entitled “Modified Garber,” hoping that the public would accept it as a slight change to the map drawn by Utah County citizen Dave Garber which gained enormous bipartisan support among citizens as well as Democrat Legislators. Unfortunately the monstrosity that was created bears almost no resemblance to the Garber map, but neatly creates 4 districts with 65% Republican voters with custom drawn districts for Carl Wimmer as well as either Mayor Mia Love or Representative Sandstrom to run for Congress.
But the Dog and Pony show was just getting started, as the moment the House was called to order the Republicans began their instant lies about the nature and origin of the “Fake-Garber” map. Representatives Sumsion and Dougall claimed that the map had been publicly vetted and had been “online for weeks,” despite the fact that it had only been uploaded an hour before. They continued by lauding the map as a “bipartisan effort” even though it had no support among Democrat legislators.
It seemed that the day was only a proud one for the Democrats, as one by one they stood up to show the bill for what it truly was. Brian King (D) and David Litvack (D) especially took the GOP to task, with house Minority Leader Litvack courageously noting that the new map was a fraud and “Pulled the wool over the eyes of Utahns.”
The Republicans could only weakly counter, with House Majority Leader Brad Lee (R) calling Litvack the legislative equivalent to a meany-head, followed by the Sutherland Institute’s flunky (Rep LaVar Christensen) claiming that God’s blessings were on the side of the Republicans.
Meanwhile on Twitter, the Republicans faced even further embarrassment as Dave Garber himself released a statement calling the GOP’s Fake-Garber a complete distortion and in no way similar to the map that he drew.
As of 3:50pm, the Republicans are in a closed-door caucus once again. They’re expected to come back with once again a brand new, never before seen by the public map.
UPDATE: Now hearing that the Utah Republicans are coming back once again from closed-door meeting with a brand new map, loosely based on Sen. Okerlund’s ideas.