“For Senator Rich to claim that the 2002 maps were drawn in a shroud of secrecy is a mischaracterization of the past and an injustice to the people of Florida. I was a freshman legislator alongside Senator Rich 10 years ago and know what truly occurred. I find her manufactured version of history inexcusable. You cannot rewrite history simply because things did not turn out the way you wanted.
“Our current redistricting process is the same one Senator Rich and many of her Democratic colleagues reviewed in committee a decade ago – they had the chance to voice concerns along with other Floridians given the opportunity for public testimony. Redistricting bills received the same treatment as any other pieces of legislation. They were thoroughly vetted and reviewed in committees and heard by all members of the Legislature on both the House and Senate floors.
“To shed light on her misstatement, this is the most open process of its kind and a testament to the current leadership’s promise to listen before suggesting the fate of our state’s district lines. I commend Senator Gaetz and Representative Weatherford for continuing to honorably lead the redistricting effort and for diligently traveling the state to hear Floridians face-to-face.”