Thursday, December 1, 2011

GOP has its chairman to blame?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Ryan Call
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Tim Hoover at the Denver Post has a great blog post on the simmering resentments in the GOP against Mario Carrera, the supposedly non-partisan chairman of the Colorado Reapportionment Commission.

Carrera drew Republican ire earlier this week when he cast the deciding vote to put forward new redistricting maps for state House and Senate seats — maps that screw with Republican incumbents such as House Majority Leader Amy Stephens and Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman.

The question that Hoover tackles: Just how did Carrera wind up on the commission?

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender appointed him to the panel, but Bender only did so after someone recommended Carrera for the job.

Who was that? According to email correspondence from Bender about recommendations, it was none other than Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

It will be interesting to see how much, if any, of the GOP anger directed at Carrera now attaches itself to Call.

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