House Republicans and Democrats squabble over perceived snub of Rep. Perry Thurston being left off Redistricting Committee

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…House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, sent a letter to Cannon on Tuesday saying the party would not name a ranking member on the main committee.

? anticipated Representative Perry Thurston being selected to the Redistricting Committee and expected to recommend him as the Democratic Ranking Member of the House Redistricting Committee,?Saunders wrote. ?ecause he was not appointed to the committee, the Democratic Caucus will not recommend a Ranking Member to the committee.?

Thurston, D-Plantation, is the informal Democratic lead on redistricting matters and is scheduled to take over as House minority leader after the 2012 elections.

But a spokeswoman for Cannon, R-Winter Park, said Thurston had the same opportunity as every other House member to be considered for the panels.

?he Speaker sent an e-mail asking members to indicate whether or not they wanted to serve on the redistricting committee or subcommittees given the extensive time requirement expected over the course of the summer months,?spokeswoman Katie Betta said in an email. ?ep. Thurston did not respond to that e-mail.?/blockquote>
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