Gaetz says Supreme Court’s redistricting decision ‘not unexpected’

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The Supreme Court’s decision throwing out the maps the Senate drew for itself wasn’t unexpected, the man who led the drawing says.

“While the Senate strongly believed that its entire redistricting plan complied with federal and state law, we are encouraged that the Court found three fourths of the Senate map to be legally valid,” Sen. Don Gaetz, the chairman of the Senate’s reapportionment  committee said in a statement via The News Service of Florida.  ”The Court approved 32 of 40 districts and took issue with 8 currently served by both Democratic and Republican senators.”

Gaetz, a Republican from Niceville, expected to be the next Senate president, said he appreciated the court’s  acknowledgement of the Legislature’s “open and inclusive process of public input and bi-partisan cooperation.

“Our place isn’t to argue with the Court but to adopt a new map conforming to its judgment,” Gaetz said.  ”I’m grateful that the Governor, President and Speaker are working together to schedule an extraordinary session so the Senate can draw districts in accordance with the parameters set by the Supreme Court’s opinion.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.